Edward August Quattrocki (Quattrocchi), a professor of English literature, book collector, commodities trader, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died peacefully in his home on July 15, 2022. Ed was a man of many passions, and a lover of all the good things in life: great literature, colorful stories, fine wine, Irish wit, and the ideals of wisdom and beauty. But even more, he loved his family deeply, delighted in storytelling, carried a copy of the Constitution around in his breast pocket and wept when he read the Gettysburg Address.
Born in 1931 at Mercy Hospital, Ed was the third of Thomas and Mary Quattrocki’s four children. Although his father died when he was still very young, Ed’s colorful memories of growing up in the Irish and Italian neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side stayed with him throughout his life.
After serving in the Coast Guard, he pursued his love of literature, earning an undergraduate degree in English literature at DePaul University, a master’s degree at Stanford University and a Ph.D. at Loyola University. He interrupted his studies along the way to earn some much-needed funds, venturing south to Oklahoma City for a job, where he met his future wife, Carolyn Good, in a Great Books seminar. After completing his graduate studies, Carolyn and Ed eventually settled in Athens, Ohio, where they raised their five children, and Ed spent many happy years teaching Renaissance literature.
Ed was expansive in his passions, his love of life, his welcoming of friends and strangers alike into his home. He often told his children that the world was divided into two categories, those who loved to be hosts, and those who loved to be guests, placing himself firmly in the host category. His highest praise was reserved for those who saw humor in themselves and others, often quoting Shakespeare’s Falstaff: “I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.”
Edward is predeceased by his beloved wife, Carolyn, and his two brothers, Thomas and John. He is survived by his sister, Marion, and his five children, daughters Carolyn Quattrocki (Paul Spence) and children, Jennifer, Matthew, Michelle, and Dorrie; Katie Brady (Chip) and four daughters, Marianna (Sebastian), Julia, Angelina, and Katherine; Lisa Knight (Steve) and three daughters, Elianna, Christina, and Olivia; Tracy Quattrocki (Neal) and four children, Benedict, Ella, Oliver and Caroline; and Michael Quattrocki (Angela) and son Michael (Bao). And last fall, Ed’s only great grandson, Jasper, son to Marianna and Basti, joined the family.
Visitation will be on Thursday, July 21, 2022, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois 60077.
Funeral Mass will follow the visitation on Thursday, July 21, 2022, 1:00 pm at Sheil Catholic Center, 2110 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60201.
Info: donnellanfuneral.com or 847-675-1990.
Published by Chicago Tribune on Jul. 17, 2022.
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