Robert J.'s Story
Robert J. Quinn, 93, husband of the late Mary Eleanor (Kiley) Quinn, of Gloucester, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Hathorne Hill Genesis in Danvers.
Born in Rockport on August 22, 1923, he was the son of the late Dennis and Catherine (White) Quinn.
He was a graduate of Rockport High School and attended the New England Aircraft School. For several years, he worked as an inspector of military aircraft before joining the U.S. Army Air Force. He served as an aircraft mechanic in the European and African Middle Eastern theatre until 1945.
Following the war, he worked for Northeast Airline as a mechanic and flight engineer. Bob then became a pilot for Northeast which merged with Delta Airlines in 1972. During his career he also served as training captain, flying DC 9s and Boeing 727s. Bob retired as a captain from Delta in 1983.
Throughout his life, Bob was an avid outdoorsman and golfer. He was a longtime member of the Rockport Country Club, the same club where he started as a caddy as a teen. He even completed a walk around Cape Ann late in his 80s. He and Eleanor instilled in their family a love for nature, an appreciation of the simple things in life, and a strong sense of community and family. He was a lifelong member of St. Ann’s Church and the Edward Peterson Post 98 Rockport American Legion.
He is survived by his five children, Kathleen Q. Shea and husband, Chris, Robert J. “Bo” Quinn, Jr. and wife, Mary Ann, Christopher Quinn and wife, Patricia, Anne K. Heffernan and husband, Kevin, Jane Wierbicky and husband, Dirk; grandchildren, Neil Shea and wife, Heidi, Sarah Shea, Emily Sisson and husband, Stephen, Michael Quinn, Benjamin Quinn, Anna Heffernan, Luke Heffernan, Elle Wierbicky; two great-grandchildren, Margaret and John Sisson; and many dear nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Katherine Milne, Everett Quinn, Margaret Veator, Mary Muise, D. Richard Quinn and James E. Quinn.
His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Monday, February 20, at 8:45 a.m., followed by a funeral service in St. Ann’s Church at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The burial will be held privately in Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in his name to the Trustees of Reservations, 572 Essex St., Beverly, MA 01915-1530, or to the Rockport American Legion, 32 Beach St., Rockport, MA 01966.
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James C. Greely Funeral Service