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1959 Belvedere Conv
Posted 2018-10-06 1:15 AM (#571193)
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With great sadnes, I would like to announce the passing of my father, William (Bill) Quinn on Thursday 10-5-18 at age 90 here in Arvada. Dad was an 32 1/2+ year Chrysler Stamping Engineer who started with Chrysler (from a Ford 5 years there!)  in 1959 and retired in 1992 out of 

Auborn Hills HQ. Dad was fighting an aggreessive form of Skin Cancer on his head that had plaqued him for years and beiing 90 years old did not help either. He passed peacefully...

I had moved him out here to Colorado from Wilmington, NC where he and my mother moved to from the Detroit area. Mom passed about 6 years ago and I wanted Dad closer to me to take care of him. Dad was the patriarch of the Quinn family, with 5 sons ( I am son #2). Dad really engoyed my love of cars and the small collection of FL cars I have assemble, as he remembers all the Dies it took to make the sheet metal for them like it was yesterday. Dad had attended a few car shows and car club meetings with me and was amazed at the grass root support for older Chrysler vehicles we owned and cherished.

Dad and my Mom will be intered at Fort Logan National Cemetery at a latter date as both were Army veterans (Dad was an Captain in the First Missle Brigade at White Sands, NM and mom was an Surgical nurse (Lt) and was at one point an MASH nurse in Korea during that war then later flew the wounded to all the various Army hospitals in the US) and were married at Fort Bliss, TX where they both were stationed at during the early 50's.

I will miss talking with him about cars and growing up with him as an father. And as an Person too!

John



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wizard
Posted 2018-10-06 2:36 AM (#571195 - in reply to #571193)
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Sincere condolences to you and your family in this dark moment.


May the light shine upon you
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BigBlockMopar
Posted 2018-10-06 3:23 AM (#571197 - in reply to #571193)
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Sorry for your loss John. May he rest in peace.
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Posted 2018-10-06 10:31 AM (#571206 - in reply to #571197)
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John --
God rest his soul.
Joe
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Mike McCandless
Posted 2018-10-06 11:13 AM (#571208 - in reply to #571193)
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Sorry to hear. A day we all cringe as it will happen to all of us. He got work during a unique time in automobile history. Can't imagine the stories he told.
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1959 Belvedere Conv
Posted 2018-10-06 4:09 PM (#571218 - in reply to #571208)
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Mike, they were neat stories of his Ford and Chrysler Days, Dad and I got to work for Chrysler at the same time back in the mid 709's and early 80's and would exchange info. Him on the manufacturing side and me on the Sales side. Good times we shared to the end. He is without pain now and with my mother who had passed almost 6 years ago. He left 5 sons (4 of us worked for Chrysler) to continue on our Irish heritage and sarcastic NYC wit.

Thanks for your kind comments.

 

John

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Posted 2018-10-06 6:25 PM (#571226 - in reply to #571193)
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Our prayers go out to you.
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Posted 2018-10-07 9:50 PM (#571303 - in reply to #571193)
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Bill, A true gentleman will be missed. I will remember all the great humor. Willing to help people he never even met.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2018-10-07 11:36 PM (#571306 - in reply to #571303)
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John, I am very sorry to hear about your dad!  He lived a good, long life and was lucky to have you as a son.

Mike

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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2018-10-09 10:12 AM (#571377 - in reply to #571306)
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Sounds like you got lucky and had good parents. Many are not
so fortunate. I prefer to look at death from a point of gratitude,
rather than loss, and be happy for the things we've had. I am happy
for you and what you had with your Dad.
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1959 Belvedere Conv
Posted 2018-10-09 5:46 PM (#571399 - in reply to #571377)
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Thanks Dr. D!!

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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2018-10-10 10:40 AM (#571425 - in reply to #571399)
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Certainly.

My old man croaked out 30 years ago at age 51. He was a mean
SOB and I have exactly zero "warm-n-fuzzy" memories of him and
any of us kids. Mom just stood by and let it happen. When he died,
I had a brief choke, realizing any childish hope I held for him to change
was dead with him. Then I pulled my head out of my ass, and got
back to living in the real world.

I have lots of friends whose parents were/are wonderful and their
growing years were pretty magical. I tell them of the "original terrorist"
at our house and the madhouse things that happened, and they are
drop-jawed in disbelief. But we kids found our own way to have fun
and make the best of it. But hearing stories of growing up with good,
responsible, guiding parents kinda blows my mind. How far ahead
might I be in life ? How many follies and regrets might I have steered
clear of, had Mom or Dad been invested ?

On the flips side, I have friends and clients who have worthless kids
still living in their basement or bumming money at age 40. That was
never an option inmy life. I find gratitude in my "rough patch" for giving
me the strength, independence, and self-awareness to make it on my
own. Some people never get that.

I find gratutude in almost everything I see and do. No matter how
bad something might seem, it usually holds a lesson and it always could
be worse.
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normsclassicradio
Posted 2018-10-10 5:35 PM (#571452 - in reply to #571425)
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Well said, Dr D.

John, sorry to hear that. The end of that era is coming, soon all that worked for W.P.'s great company will be just memories. Truly a great loss, of people and machines alike. All we can do is preserve what we can to share with a new generation who will never know streets crowded with American Iron, and Exner's best (and worst).

Norm
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1959 Belvedere Conv
Posted 2018-10-10 11:29 PM (#571471 - in reply to #571452)
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normsclassicradio - 2018-10-10 4:35 PM Well said, Dr D. John, sorry to hear that. The end of that era is coming, soon all that worked for W.P.'s great company will be just memories. Truly a great loss, of people and machines alike. All we can do is preserve what we can to share with a new generation who will never know streets crowded with American Iron, and Exner's best (and worst). Norm

 

Totally agree with you Norm!  Thanks!

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DEH
Posted 2018-10-13 10:41 PM (#571643 - in reply to #571193)
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John,

Sorry to hear about your Dad. I'm going to visit my Dad later this week in Virginia, and he just turned 88 a few months ago. He retired from Eastern Airlines before they folded, so I love talking to him about planes and jets, including the ones that he worked on during the Korean War. I hope to get him up to the Air and Space Museum in northern Virginia one more time while he is still able, as he was in charge of getting the Eastern Airlines DC-3 to the museum several decades ago. Sounds like you have some very fond memories, and I need to make some more while I can...

Don H.
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1959 Belvedere Conv
Posted 2018-10-14 8:53 PM (#571698 - in reply to #571643)
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Thanks Don! Yep, take lots of pictures of him and ask all the questions about his life while you can. Have a safe trip back east!

John

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Posted 2018-11-12 11:21 AM (#573377 - in reply to #571193)
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Sorry to hear that John.
I'm four years out from my dad's passing and it's still tough at times.

Hang in there, Chris
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