OBITUARY

Gail Quinn

February 4, 1937November 24, 2018
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Gail Quinn beloved mom, sister, grandmother, aunt of Brooklyn, NY passed away Saturday November 24, 2018 at home surrounded by family. Visitation will be at Duffy Funeral home on Monday November 26, 2PM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 9PM. The funeral service will be on Tuesday 930 AM at St. Saviour Church 611 8th avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. Gail was born, raised and lived her whole life in Brooklyn New York. She grew up with few luxuries, and this would shape her life and career as she never forgot what it was like to struggle to find that extra dollar. She attended Bishop McDonnell High School and then married at the age of 19. In her thirties, she started college, completing it and, subsequently, two Masters degrees, all while raising her children. She was passionate about helping those who could not advocate for themselves, so she began her teaching career working with special needs students, where she became a true advocate for them. She then took on the role of job developer at her school, where she helped students to to finish their high school education and find jobs. Later, as Assistant Principal, she oversaw a successful school that served hundreds of students with special needs. She was a dedicated and determined educator, who did not allow bureaucracy to get in the way of what was best for her students.

Family was central in her life, and she was always there with honest advice for her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. If anyone had a problem, she tried to find a way to help. She loved her family enough to tell them the truth even when it would have been easier to just let it go. This desire to help people did not stop with family. She was a support to countless people in many different ways.

She loved to cook for people, and her happiest times were sitting around with family and friends, talking and eating together. She is survived by her children, Deirdre and husband Gil , Colin and fiancée Jen, Dave and wife Helene, daughter Jenny, her grandchildren, Liam, Caitlin, Adam, Kieran, Declan, Maya, Shannon and Summer, her friend and sister Grace, and her beloved nieces and nephews. --

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, November 27, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gail Quinn

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Michael O'Hara

November 29, 2018


Not only was Gail the greatly loved matriarch within her immediate family, but her kind presence extended far beyond the confines of her home and family.For as long as I have known my wife Peggy Carroll, she has always spoken of her friend Gail with great affection and reverence.

Gail had many great qualities, but her greatest gift was her ability throughout the years to give her love, guidance and support to her extended family of friends, co-workers, and of course her students. She was a truly unique and special lady.

My sincere condolences to her family and to the many that loved her.

May she rest in peace.

Michael O'Hara

Judy Pankowitz

November 26, 2018

I remember Gail as a fantastic teacher and colleague. She helped me to develop my own skills in the classroom. She will be remembered by all of the people she touched during her years at the school.

Ellen Robbins

November 26, 2018

My fiend Gail will be so greatly missed. We did not connect for the past couple of years but her presence in my life was always there. I met Gail in 1982 and immediately knew she was a person I wanted to be around and share my thoughts with. She was a friend, mentor at work, confidante always and the smartest person I ever met. Her wisdom helped shape many decisions I made in my life. That is how important she was to me! My final meeting with Gail was two years ago when my husband passed away. She came to see me during the Shiva despite the fact that I knew she was-not feeling well. It meant the world to me and I will always be grateful that she came. I adored Gail. I hope Colin, David, Deidre, and Jen and all their children will take comfort knowing how much their mom meant to so many people. I will miss her existence. May she Rest in Peace.
With my love to you all,
Ellen Robbins

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