Quinton B. McNew
July 8, 2014
Quinton B. McNew, 82, a long time resident of Fort Myers, went to Heaven on Friday July 8, 2014, at his summer home in Newland, North Carolina.
Born in Center Ridge, Arkansas, to the late, Cecil and Esther McNew. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served in the Korean War.
Mr. McNew was co-owner of Harper Brothers, a local highway and heavy construction and mining company in Southwest Florida for over 50 years. He was a founding member of McGregor Baptist Church and associate member of First Baptist Church in Newland, North Carolina where he was an active member. During the last 32 years Quinton generously supported the Church's construction projects both in Newland, North Carolina and in the Ukraine. The church honors Laurel McNew with its Laurel Room and The Villages of Hope in the Ukraine honors both Laurel and Griffin with the Laurel House and Griff's walk, which leads into the house that gives 12 orphans a home.
He was generous in the community for his charitable contributions which included; Golisano Children's Hospital, the Respiratory care training facility at Edison community College, and the scholarship program at Bishop Verot High School.
In 1999 after selling his company, he started the Quinton B. and Beverly H. McNew Foundation, which supports Christian missions, research and cure of childhood diseases and the needs of homeless and displaced children.
Quinton McNew never met a stranger. He captivated everyone he met with his warm smile and kind giving nature. He loved with his whole heart and it showed in everything he did. It left an impression on everyone he met. His work ethic had few rivals and when he took on a job he did whatever was necessary to do the job and do it right. He ran his business in the same manner that he lived his personal life, with dignity, zeal and compassion. He was a man of great faith in spite of personal tragedies.
He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 55 years, daughter Betsy, four grandchildren Ethan, Cameron, Griffin and Landon, sister Frenchy Murray and extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by two children, Griffin and Laurie McNew.
The family will receive friends Wednesday July 16, 2014, at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home from 6 - 8 PM. Memorial services will be held on Friday July 18, 2014 at 11 AM, at McGregor Baptist Church in the worship center.
In lieu of flowers the McNew family requests memorial gifts to honor the life of Quinton NcNew, be given to The Crooked Stick Wilderness Retreat, a youth ministry of First Baptist Church, Newland, North Carolina. Gifts should be made to First Baptist Church Newland, P.O. Box 485, Newland, North Carolina 28657 with the memo "Crooked Stick".
Arrangements have been entrusted to Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.
Condolences may be left to the McNew family at www.fortmyersmemorial.com
Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery
1589 Colonial Boulevard Fort Myers , FL 33907
Published in The News-Press from July 13 to July 15, 2014