WILMINGTON — James “Jim” Daniel Quinn, 92, died April 26, 2022 after a brief illness. Jim was born in Brooklyn, the son of the late Roseanne Dillon and the late John Quinn, of Counties Westmeath and Offaly, Ireland. He was predeceased by a son, James, Jr., two brothers, John and Thomas, and a sister Rosemary Farrell. He attended St. Savior’s School and St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn and St. Peter’s College (now the university) in Jersey City, NJ. After graduating, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a deputy at Fort McPherson in Atlanta and served in the General’s Honor Guard. After his release, he earned his MBA from NYU.
Jim and his wife of nearly 63 years, Maureen Mulligan, were married on May 16, 1959 at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Center, NY. Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Smallman and three children: Aileen Hogan (Mike), Patty Carver (Dave) and Dan (Mary). He is also survived by six grandchildren who were his greatest joy: Michael (Magdalena Straub), Conor (Dr Sarah Brnich) and Brendan (Morgan May) Hogan, Colleen Carver and Patrick and Larkin Quinn.
Jim has worked in business forms and printing throughout his career. When he retired in 1995, Jim and Maureen left Rockville Center and moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where they had the chance to make many wonderful friends. He always loved going back to New York and getting his New York “fix”.
After retiring to North Carolina, Jim took up golf and enjoyed playing with a good group of men. He became active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, serving as treasurer for several years. He became a reader at Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. One of Jim’s greatest joys was delivering Meals on Wheels monthly. He appreciated the thanks and blessings he received from the recipients.
It took a while, but he eventually discovered that he loved being retired and that he loved being in Wilmington and hanging out on the beach. He especially enjoyed the annual “beach week” visits from his children and grandchildren. Those weeks included lots of potlucks (and banana splits!), lots of laughs, and watching her grandkids grow into loving adults (who could benefit from her secret Irish Coffee recipe). Thanks to him, they will always remember that “there is always room for dessert”.
Jim and Maureen have traveled the country to attend special events and grandchild milestones including birthday parties, elementary school grandparents days, high school graduations, college graduations and many sporting events. They never missed an opportunity to share these life events.
Jim and Maureen were also blessed with an adoptive family in the Cary, North Carolina neighborhood where they shared many holiday celebrations.
The family would like to thank everyone at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the wonderful care and compassion Jim has shown. He repeatedly told us how nice everyone was to him and the good care he received.
A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 1011 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington. The family will receive family and friends at the church before mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: El Futuro Mental Health Clinic, 2020 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707 or Meals on Wheels, Wilmington, c/o St. Mark Catholic Church.