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Carl Madia '57


Carl N. Madia, 87, of Hyannis, MA, formerly of Harvard, MA, and North Bergen, NJ, died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday, August 6, 2017.  He was the devoted husband for 50 years of Rosemary (Moran) Madia, and father of Dara Rose (Madia) Laughlin of Rochester, NH.

Carl was born on July 12, 1930, to the late Gaetano and Rose (LaManna) Madia.  He was the brother of the late Salvatore Madia, Tina Kenngott, Nettie Schurr, Rose Pisani, and Mary Caputo. He spent his childhood in North Bergen, NJ, and went on to pursue his undergraduate degree in business at his beloved alma mater, Antioch College. Later, he relocated to Massachusetts to further his studies at Boston University, earning a master’s degree. During the Korean War, Carl honorably served his country in the United States Army. 

Following the completion of his military service, Carl worked for Raytheon for about fifteen years before founding his own company, PDQ Printing, in Boston.

Family was the most important component of Carl’s life. He was a loving husband, a cherished father, and a loyal friend. His unwavering generosity, kindness, and sense of humor did not go unnoticed. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life – needing only good food, good drink, and good company to be happy. 

An avid traveler, Carl took his family on extensive trips around Europe.  As a proud first-generation Italian-American, no destination compared to his time spent visiting Italy. He took immense pride in caring for his former home in Harvard, MA. He had a profound fondness for tending to his gardens, in particular his beloved rose bushes. Carl adored his black Labrador Retriever and loved opera music and theater.  He also took exemplary care of his health, making daily trips to the gym well into his eighties.

To honor Carl’s memory, he would want you to enjoy a good Italian meal, to hug your children, and to give the dog an extra treat.