Henry Alfred McQuade, age 88, passed away in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 29, 2013, after a short illness. Mr. McQuade, a first generation Irish American was born in Boston. He was known as Hank or Hank, First Yank by his family and friends. He moved his family to Atlanta in the 1960s to work for Retail Credit Co., later as Director of Public Communications for Equifax, Inc., and retired from there after 35 years of service. Mr. McQuade also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard Destroyer Escort USS Scott - DE-214, patrolling the southern U.S. and Caribbean. While preparing the ship for Pacific duty, the war ended. After the Navy, he graduated from Boston University, majoring in journalism. He continued government service with the U.S. Dept. of State in Washington, before joining Retail Credit Co. Mr. McQuade was a published author of three books. He was commissioned in 1991 to write Light Up Our Land, history of the Georgia Electric Membership Corp. He went on to have published two novels, The Ballyburren Rapes in 2005 and The Bent Nail in 2008. Many other writing works earned him numerous awards including the prestigious Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge citation and the Gold Quill from the Intl. Assoc. of Business Communicators. He was a member of the Georgia Writers Assoc. and an honorary Kentucky Colonel. He was an avid reader and tennis player, but more importantly a devoted husband to Mary Brenda who passed away just four months ago. He will be missed by his two sisters, brother, four children, three daughters-in-law, five grandchildren, surviving shipmates and many friends. The family will receive friends at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Chamblee, Ga. at 8 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Ga. Arrangements by Fischer Funeral Care of Atlanta, 678-514-1000.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Jan. 31, 2013