By Dustin Luca
---- — Bob McQuade, an employee of the town for three decades who retired as Public Works director in 1999, died last week at age 84.
McQuade was known in Andover for his dedication to the town’s industrial development going back into the 1970s, where “he had the foresight to work hard to develop a water and sewer infrastructure that serves us very well from west Andover to the center of town,” Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski said.
In his time with the town, a water treatment plant that attracted international visitors was built on Lowell Street and, in 1991, the facility was named after him. Ahead of his retirement in 1999, McQuade worked so much around town that some officials made the case that two people would be needed to fill his shoes when he left his post.
Born in Somerville on April 4, 1928, McQuade was a World War II and Korean War veteran, first entering the military in Boston in March of 1946.
He later received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University.
From there, he became the Andover’s director of the Department of Public Works.
McQuade died Friday, Jan. 25, at Lawrence General Hospital.
“He did tremendous work, had tremendous insight as to what the municipality needed,” Stapczynski said. “The (water treatment) facility really was his baby, and he will be missed.”
While discussing his contribution to the town at aselectmen meeting this week, Selectman Mary Lyman said “you couldn’t name a street without him knowing exactly where it was, what the layout was, what pipes were underneath, what issue there was 10 years before that. He could just bang it out.”
McQuade was “a treasure to the town,” Chairman Paul Salafia said. “He will be missed. He was a real friend to Andover.”
[Editor’s note: Please see Obituary, below.]