QUINTEN P. BARCLAY, 65 ROCKFORD - Quinten P. Barclay, 65, of Rockford passed away after a short illness on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, with his family by his side. Born March 19, 1946, in Tampico, the son of Lowell and Hazel (Woosley) Barclay. He was a 1964 graduate of Tampico High School.
Quinten proudly served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1964 to 1971. He trained as a medical specialist at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, achieving the rank of E-5. While serving in the military, back in Illinois, he earned his degree in 1968 from the Institute of Drafting and Technology in Morrison. After moving to Rockford, he worked at Illinois Water Treatment in the sales department and was promoted to manager of marketing services after one year. Later, inspired by his experience there, Quint started his own business, Marketing Communications Associates, Mendota.
In 1974, he merged his company with Cummings, McPherson, Jones and Porter Advertising in Rockford. It was there that he met his bride, Martha Aramovich, who was employed as an art director. They were married on Oct. 20, 1979, the same year he became vice president within the agency. In 1983, he became president and then co-owner of Cummings. Over the next 26 years, he helped the company succeed and grow to become one of the top 100 business-to-business agencies in the U.S. and acquiring many international clients as well. Quint was especially proud to see Cummings celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2006. He truly enjoyed his years there and valued the working relationships he had with his clients and associates, many of whom became his good friends. Quint retired as president and CEO of Cummings in 2009.
Quint pursued many interests throughout his life, but boating was his passion. From years vacationing on Lake Wisconsin, he found a love of being on the water. He and Martha started their boating adventures on the Rock River and eventually went to the Mississippi River, where they spent 21 wonderful years enjoying time with family and friends aboard his beloved "Scotch 'N Water" and "Island Dream." Being in the Caribbean was always a favorite travel destination for him.
Quint was an accomplished woodworker and photographer. An excellent cook, he was famous for his backyard BBQ's. His family treasured the special meals he made for them. He was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers, John Wayne and Jimmy Buffet. He was known for his zest for life, great conversations, stories and wonderful sense of humor. So many will miss his laughter and fun times shared together. Quint was devoted to his country and so proud to be an American, he was a true patriot. Most of all, he loved and cherished his family.
He was a wonderful husband and father and will be missed more than words can say. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Martha; daughter, Marissa Ellen Barclay of Rockford; son, Ian Christian (Meghan) Barclay; grandchildren, Jake, Allison, Gabriella and Cole Barclay, all of Chicago; aunt, Helen Woosley of Merrimac, Wis.; cousin, Glenda Woosley of Appleton, Wis.; cousins, Gail (Joe) Litwiller of Danvers, and Janet Reisinger of Carlock; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann (Alan) Bjork of Rockford, and Marcia (David) Bogle of Naperville; and three nieces and a nephew.
He also leaves behind very special friends, John and Kathy Wogen and John and Gloria Brda, along with many wonderful friends and colleagues and his dear pets, Buddy and Bing.
Predeceased by parents; aunt and uncle, Bonnie and Tommy Thompson; uncle, Glen Woosley; father and mother-in-law, Leo and Mary Ellen Aramovich; sister-in-law, Maren McLaughlin; cousin, Laura Jean Child; and special dog, Cayman. Quint's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Michael Kouimelis and his staff; Dr. Ajaz Khan and Dr. Theodore Ingrassia. Also, a sincere thanks to the nurses and staff of 4 West, the palliative care team and staff and nurse, Victoria Zhang McCoy of 1 South for the wonderful care and support he received at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.
A celebration of Quint's life will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 3, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, with visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. The Rev. William R. Wentink will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Honor Society, P.O. Box 4304, Rockford, Il. 61104, or to the Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St. Rockford, IL. 61102 Arrangements by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel. To share memories and extend online condolences, visit www.Fitz-geraldFuneralHome.com.