Mourners Give Firefighter and Ground Zero Worker William Henry Quick a Hero's Farewell

NY Daily News - January 23, 2011

by Tina Moore

Mourners wept and embraced Saturday at the funeral of a retired FDNY firefighter who contracted lung disease after working for months at Ground Zero after 9/11.

William Henry Quick, who died Tuesday, was laid to rest amid a sea of blue uniforms at Saint Ignatius Martyr Church in Long Beach, L.I.

"My dad was an extraordinary man," his son, William Henry Quick, 17, told family and friends. "There are no words to express how much he influenced my life and how much my family will miss him."

The 55-year-old father of two was with the FDNY for 23 years, serving at Ladder 134 in Far Rockaway, Queens, until 2003 when his lung disease forced him into retirement.

His wife, Lisa Quick, said he worked in the toxic dust at Ground Zero every day from Sept. 12, 2001, until mid-November. He began to develop lung infections in 2002, she said.

His son said he doubted his father would have retired from the FDNY at age 65.

"He loved what he did and he always told us no matter what kind of job you have - do the best you can and take pride in your work," the son recalled.

The teen said his father, whose FDNY flag-draped casket was carried to the church in the back of a fire truck, was "an amazing person," who was "brave always, and lovable forever."

"He was a great husband, wonderful father, best friend to all, to a person in distress a dream come true," the son said.

He even got a laugh out of the mourners.

"In his memory, remember never be afraid," he said. "And if you're going to be a bear, be a grizzly."