Sally Termyn

March 31, 1934January 15, 2017
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Sally Ann (Quig) Termyn of Eastham, Massachusetts, formerly of West Orange, New Jersey, passed away with family by her side on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at The Terraces, Orleans, Massachusetts, a nursing care center where she more recently resided. Born in Orange, New Jersey in 1934, Sally was the first child of Robert and Margaret Quig. As a girl, she grew fond of Eastham, its beaches and history while vacationing on Cape Cod with her parents and brother. She earned a history degree from Skidmore College in 1956 and was elected class president of the Skidmore Alumni Association. After working in New York City in the financial services industry and attending graduate school at Columbia University Teachers College, she married William N. Termyn, a commercial banker, and they relocated to the Chicago area where they raised a family. A spirited red-head, Sally had a dynamic personality and a vibrant intellect. She organized family road trips to over 40 states nationwide and was front seat tour guide and history lecturer as the station wagon, windows wide open, journeyed down interstates and back roads. Later, Sally restarted her career as an educator after completing her graduate teaching degree with a specialization in gifted education. She returned to New Jersey and devoted herself to teaching high school and advancing curriculum in underprivileged school districts. She was an unrelenting believer in everyone's potential and generously provided support and encouragement to countless high school students. Prior to retiring in Eastham, Sally continued her interests in culture and history by traveling with colleagues, friends and family to Europe, Asia, Israel and Mexico. Survivors include her brother, Robert H. Quig of North Palm Beach, Florida, son Peter N. Termyn and daughter-in-law Susan VanDenBerg Termyn of Medfield, Massachusetts, daughter Jennifer Termyn Lucas and son-in-law Thomas G. Lucas of Vernon Hills, Illinois, and four grandsons, Christian and Nicholas Termyn, and Willem and Patrick Lucas. Visiting hours are 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 20 at Nickerson Funeral Home, Orleans, followed by a memorial service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. For online condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wild Care Cape Cod, 10 Smith Lane, Eastham, MA 02642, by phone at 508-240-2255 or online at Please reference "In memory of Sally Termyn.” For online condolences please visit


  • Visiting Hours Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 20, 2017

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January 24, 2017

I had the honor of working with your mother, Peter and Jennifer, in Orange, NJ. I came to like, then love, this lady. Sally was the most genuine person I probably ever met. She was deeply and passionately loyal to friend and ferocious and courageous with foe. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a cutting dry wit. But you know all this. We shared many a laugh, a chicken wing and a scotch unwinding on a Friday afternoon and a room when we decided to do a marathon visit Beijing during a school break. She will be missed. Patricia Bauernhuber, Hilton Head Island, SC

Alexandra Protopapas

January 23, 2017

Sally was one of the first teachers who I worked with when I came to Orange High School. As a Special Education Teacher at that time, we shared experiences and materials. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. May her memory be eternal.
Rest in Peace,

Nancy Grossbarth

January 22, 2017

There is so much to say and so little space to say it. Sally and I were friends despite our age difference, sharing our profession and our lives. We would call each nightly to vent frustrations, etc., since we shared many of the same students. So many benefited from her knowledge so I know she will never truly be gone.

Mary Beth Quig

January 19, 2017

Dear Peter and Jennifer,

My deepest condolences to you both on Aunt Sally's passing. The pictures you have put together are such a beautiful tribute of her life and loves. To see her with the kids beaming, to see Trooper, to see that grand smile and the dazzle in her eyes during healthier time, well it is just so beautiful.

You are all in my prayers as you navigate this difficult time. I pray she has found some peace after such a struggle. I will remember her most vividly at the Coast Guard beach, wind whipping through her hair, and a grin on her face as she always looked over towards the outermost house.......With much love, Mary Beth

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

January 16, 2017

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.