Mr. Quinlivan's dedication, knowledge and passion for his craft and students are part of a lasting legacy of the foundation that has helped to build Whitmer into one of the finest high schools in the state. He left an indelible impression on countless numbers of students and colleagues all of whom are better for having known him, myself included. We will all miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to his family.
Jim will be missed by the Stamp Collector's Club of Toledo, of which he was a valued member and former officer for a great many years.
Although I did not have Mr.Q as a teacher, he was well respected and fun to have at Whitmer's mock convention of '80. My son however did have him as a teacher in '04 and learned much from him. He will be missed. Rest in Peace.
I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Whitmer for seven years. He had an amazing passion for the profession, a great sense of humor, and was kind and understanding in every interaction. He was a good friend and will be missed.
Mr. Quinlivan was a teacher of mine I have never forgotten. He had such a great sense of humor and a heart for his students. He was full of encouragement and always so kind. He will truly be missed by all who had the honor and pleasure of knowing him.
Susan Lahey (Class of 1982)
Fiction or Fact From Mr. Quinlivan's Almanac - I walked into each and every class with this on the board. I took his American History Survey class and his American President's class. He was one of my favorite teachers EVER. He is one of the teachers responsible for my excellent education. He was a very intelligent man, with a voracious appetite for knowledge and passing it on to his students. His contribution to society cannot be measured and neither can the kindness of his heart. Please accept my sincerest condolences and my God bless him and your entire family.
My deepest sympathies to the Quinlivan family. Jim was a wonderful teacher too many students and an important part of the Washington Local family. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity of knowing "Mr. Q" as both a teacher and a colleague. I could always count on him for an interesting conversation. He will be missed.
Former Associate Principal
In 1976 I entered the halls of WHS as a wide eyed Soph and the first class I had was Mr. Q's "Frontier America". He had a passion for the material and always a joke or comment. Funny I find most of the reading for pleasure I do is 18th and 19th Century history. I guess he left an impression on my life. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Jim will be surely missed around the Salon with his gift of conversation Our sympathies, Peggy and Susan and all at Definitions of Design
Kathy, We are sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mike and Karen McGee
We will always miss Jim's acerbic wit.
Larry Shelt. Fellow Teacher, Whitmer High School
Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful teacher I can clearly remember even after 40 years. His classes were so enjoyable and informative that they were the highlight of my school days. He was a truly gifted educator!
(My father was Homer Nightingale-WLS Superintendent for many years.)
Sorry for the loss of a wonderful teacher that I remember fondly. Your family is in my prayers.
I enjoyed having Mr Quinlivan as my teacher. I will always remember "Fiction and Fact from Quinlivan's almanac"
I was sadened to hear of Mr. Quinlivan's passing. I had the honor of being a student in his class. He would always greet each student with a smile. He expressed his enthusiasm for history on a daily basis. It was always interesting because of his knowledge and way of presenting it to the class. Prayers go out to your family!
Susan (Alexander) Heiderscheidt
Class of 1983
I really enjoyed being in his class! He was the one and only teacher that made the Civil War amazingly interesting! My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Class of 1979
I am stunned and saddened by the loss of a great mentor and teacher. He welcomed me into the Whitmer Social Studies Department as a young teacher and we quickly became friends. I will continue to speak about how this great man touched my life and that of so many others.
Whitmer Social Studies
Truly enjoyed a year and a half of the give and take with Mr. Quinlivan in his history classes.
Scott High School Class of '69
Mr. Q was a great teacher, always smiling and had his students attention. You will be missed by everyone Class of 99
My prayers go out to Jim's family. I really enjoyed my time teaching with Jim.
Whitmer class of 1990...I loved his class. All my knowledge about presidents comes from his class. I took it thinking it'd be an easy A, but completed it with an appreciation of our system. He was awesome.
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Q tried to teach me as much as I could understand. He was very patient with me as I was not much of a history buff. He was a great teacher.
Sean, Katie & Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We enjoyed the occasional conversations we had with Jim when he and your Mom came to visit "the boys". He was a very nice man. God Bless you and your family at this most difficult time.
Sister Janice Ann Brown, daughter of Gilbert (Curley) Brown and Martha Mitten. Rose Orians was my Grandma. I think I remember visiting Bernadette. Don't know for sure but I think it was near Junction and Door. that was a long tme ago. I reired from teaching after 35 years so dealing with children is a calling for the kids of some wonderful parents and grandparents. You and your family are in my prayers.