George, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I met you about 46 years ago - when I visited your home in Augusta with your sister, Margie, in 1970/71 for a few days. I thought then that you were the coolest guy (for an "old guy" in your 30's - I was 19). I remember your two little girls, Casey and Beth. They were so cute and, even, as a very young 19 year old, I could tell that they worshiped their dad. Your brothers, who I met on that trip, also looked up to you. What a fun time I had! You and your brothers took me to the Knights of Columbus and we had a lively time! I went on with my life - went to college and law school, married a wonderful gal I met in college, raised three sons and am now a grandfather. Many years later, when I became a Fourth Degree Knight, I thought of you, George - seriously I did, and thought "George would think that I turned out OK".
I have been thinking about George a great deal since I heard the news.
I recalled an article that I read many years ago where the person writing was talking about someone who had passed away and how, even though he barely knew the deceased, this person had had an impact on his life. The words he used were something like "although I did not know this man well, he had an impact on me; he became a part of the fabric of my life". George, as a result of those few days so many years ago, became a part of the "fabric of my life.
On the bright side, the Quinn family was blessed to have had George as a leader in the family. I had always hoped to be able to see him again to tell him how cool that 19 year old thought he was. I told Margie at our High School reunion this past summer, "say hi to George".
In closing I would like to say that he was like George Bailey of It's A Wonderful Life George, you did not know how many people you impacted in such a positive way! Say hello to Clarence the Angel, Angel George!
God bless you and your family
Ralph - a Brother Knight