Spiritual anthologist, hospice volunteer and friend of the common man, George Vincent Quinlan, husband of the late Betty Marshall Quinlan and a lifelong resident of Larchmont, died April 11, 2014 at Willow Towers Assisted Living in New Rochelle, NY. He was 80 years old. He is survived by his four children; Joanne M. Heller of Westport, CT, Maureen Q. Gaffey of Glen Rock, NJ, John M. Quinlan of Stamford, CT, Colleen Q. Styer of Larchmont and seven grandchildren; Bonnie, Katie and Grant Heller, Michael and Julia Gaffey and Henry and William Quinlan.
Following graduation from University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, and two years of military service in Europe, George began a 30+ year career in printing sales for Western Publishing Company. In 1993 George retired from Western and embarked on his second career as a volunteer which spanned 20 years and included hospice and palliative care work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Rosary Hill, St. Vincent's Psychiatric Hospital and Sound Shore Medical Center. Concurrently, George audited dozens of university classes in Spirituality, Philosophy and Theology which culminated in the publication of an anthology of the collected works of over two hundred writers. In 2012 George underwrote the creation of The Thomas Merton Contemplative Initiative at Iona College in memory of his wife Betty.
Friends may call on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 4PM to 7PM and Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 12:30PM to 2PM at John J. Fox Funeral Home, 2080 Boston Post Road, Larchmont. A service will be held on Wednesday at 1:30PM during the visiting hours. Donations may be sent, in lieu of flowers, to Iona College Spirituality Institute - Merton Contemplative Initiative, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY, 10801.