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QUINN, Daniel Kenneth

December 21, 1942 – Sydney, Nova Scotia
May 24, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Daniel Quinn, of Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday May 24, 2016 at Foothills Country Hospice at the age of 73.

Dan was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia on December 21, 1942. He moved his young family from Cape Breton to Calgary in 1967 where he had a long and productive career with the Calgary Board of Education. Dan was a founding parishioner of St Bonaventure Church. He will be fondly remembered for his love of Celtic tunes, good jokes and a hearty laugh. Dan found joy in the outdoors and was passionate about coaxing trout to an expertly placed dry fly. He was as devoted as one can be to the wellbeing and happiness of his family. We will miss him dearly and we cherish the life he shared with us.

He is predeceased by his parents Daniel and Teresa (nee Campbell) and survived by his wife of 52 years Marie (nee Starzomski), sons Michael (Cynthia) and Neil (Sandy) of Calgary, daughter Janet (Ron) of Campbell River and five grandchildren Megan, Riley, Emma, Olivia and Daniel, brother Joe (Mary) and sister Sheila (Don).

The family is grateful to Dr. R. Sinha, Units 46 & 47 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the wonderful staff at the Foothills Country Hospice.

Funeral Mass will be held at ST. BONAVENTURE CATHOLIC CHURCH (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dan Quinn’s name to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1S1, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, www.countryhospice.org.

In living memory of Daniel Quinn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Maureen Mooney

    Dearest Quinn family,

    The Mooney/Tanney families send their love and prayers to you. We feel we are part of your extended family and share in your sorrow.

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  2. Anita and Bobby Anthony&family

    So very sorry for your loss….I have fond memories of Danny Boy coming to our home in Millville to visit my brother Andrew and bringing me candy……..that was many years ago. Had the nice visit at your home in Calgary again years ago……sincere sympathy to you all, cousin Anita Quinn Anthony and husband Bobby and family.

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  3. Aimee Pelletier

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Holding you in my heart as you cherish all the memories you have of this wonderful man. Love Aimee, Brian and Zach

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  4. Mary-Ellen Tyler (MET)

    Dear Quinn Family,
    Although I don’t know all of you – I did meet Dan & Marie through Mike & Emma and always enjoyed seeing Dan when he came to pick up Mike from the airport after a conference trip or at one of Emma’s horse shows or other events. He was always warm and welcoming and clearly loved being with his family. He shared many good fish stories and always treated me like a friend. I am so sorry for your loss and can only hope that with time happy memories will be all that you remember. My heart is with you and I am glad that you will all be together to support each other.

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  5. Harvey A.Scott

    Dear Marie, Michael,Neil, Janet,Emma and all the Quinn Family,
    We are very sorry to learn of Dan’s passing. Our deep sympathy goes out to you.
    Dan was a great friend of Nature and the great outdoors and will be missed.
    Our hearts will be with you this Saturday when we remember him.
    Harvey and Evelyn Scott and Family
    Athabasca,AB

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  6. Robert Boschman

    Heartfelt sympathy and prayers of support for the entire family. We are thinking of you all, Rob, Sari, Gabriel

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  7. Jeff Campbell

    Dear Quinn family

    Dan was a very special person to me and so many colleagues within CBE. His humor, infectious laugh, and care for others enabled him to make a difference to other peoples’ lives – including mine. I fondly remember Dan laughing so hard he had to take off his glasses to wipe his eyes. Sharing an office space with Dan for a couple years, I saw how tradesmen and principals, secretaries and teachers alike were drawn to him. He had a great way of meeting with people from a variety of backgrounds – all left feeling better and like someone was on their side. While I haven’t seen Dan in a few years, I, like many others feel the loss with his passing.

    Please accept my condolences to your family.
    Rest well Danny… here’s to a life, well-lived.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Campbell
    Principal
    Battalion Park School

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  8. Very sorry for your great loss. I will always remember his hearty laugh and the games of cribbage that I lost to him. I was proud to call him my friend.
    Rest in peace.

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  9. Dear Marie, although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow; may looking back in memory, help comfort you tomorrow. I have fond memories of your’s and Danny’s visits to Sydney, he will always be remembered for the kind, witty and gentlman he was in life. Keeping you and family in my prayers for strength during this difficult time.

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  10. Winston (Louie) Harris

    Sorry for your loss. Danny was my best friend growing up on West St. in the pier .

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  11. Far beyond this world of matter, action and time, there exists a huge unlimited world of golden peace. No hands of suffering in existence. A space of permanent peace and freedom.

    My sincere sympathy to the family. May the eternal love and peace comfort you through the time of sorrow.

    With much love
    Nora Bouz

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  12. Grace Fitzgerald

    My condolences to the Quinn Family. I knew Dan through Russell Sports and kept in touch when we can. He will surely be missed by his family and many friends he had.

    His friend,
    Grace

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  13. Frank McCormick

    I had the honor of working with Dan when he was based at Haysboro Elementary School. He was one of the kindest, funniest, most helpful people ever. He will sadly be missed and remembered by all who knew him…a great guy…

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  14. My condolences to the Quinns, and to Jan during this difficult time.

    Warm regards,

    Ian Hunsche

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  15. Stephen Starzomski

    Marie and family-

    Thoughts are with everyone during this time.

    Uncle Danny was such a gentleman, kind soul and he always genuinely cared about what each of us were up to. He was there for Dad during our own tough times with Mom’s illness, which is something that will not be forgotten.

    Much love during such a tough time-
    Stephen

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  16. Cathy Evanochko

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. I worked with Dan for many years and he always had a smile ready for everyone and made going to work so much fun! I am so grateful to have had this time with him. I hope that the memories of this special man comfort you in this difficult time.

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  17. Kevin starzomski

    Dear Aunt Marie and family, we are sending our most heartfelt condolences at this time of loss. He will be missed and remembered by all.

    Much love
    Kevin, Mandy and family

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  18. Keith Publicover

    Marie and Family

    I was fortunate to work with Dan at Russell Sports. Dan was such a happy, kind and positive person to be around. His smile and laughter was infectious. I feel lucky to have called him a friend. Truly the salt of the earth and he will deeply missed.

    Warmest Regards,
    Keith Publicover & Family

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  19. Glenn Puschner

    Dear Quinn Family,

    Although you don’t know who I am you should know that Dan was a huge influence on my life. He and I worked together at Russell Sports. It was Dan who suggested I apply for a managers position at Bass Pro. He changed my life dramatically. I am sure he influenced a number of people throughout his life without even knowing it.
    Keep in your hearts that he is looking down on everyone who knew him and still influencing them. Smiling, laughing and giving sage advice.
    My heart goes out to you all in your time of sorrow.

    Kind regards,
    Glenn Puschner

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  20. Margaret Powicki

    To the Quinn Family,
    I send these thoughts on behalf of the Pride Family formerly of 80 West St. in Whitney Pier. Our family has many happy memories of living next door to the Quinn’s. My Aunt Evelyn Pride Macaulay ( age 94) and I shared some of those thoughts today.
    My Twin Sister Betsy and I traveled from Massachusetts every summer to spend school vacation with our grandparents and most especially with Sheila, Joey and Danny. Going back and forth between the two houses, along with trips to the “Show” and Polar Bear were just some of the highlights of our vacation. I now spend 4 months of the year in Boularderie, Cape Breton and enjoy welcoming my family for their school vacations. Each year I take them on a tour and tell them about my childhood friends and what it was like to spend a summer at “The Pier”.
    My thoughts are with you all.
    Margaret ( Antonioli) Powicki

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  21. Blick and Colleen Campbell

    MARIE and FAMILY

    We wish to extend our sincere condolences on the passing of Danny from long time school friends from Whitney Pier .

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  22. Jennifer Johnson

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Our few visits with Uncle Danny were always fun and there were always lots of stories to be told. Mom still recounts stories of their childhood. Love Jen

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