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James Andrew Quill

Known as Hoody, passed away July 17 at his home in Tiburon, California after living triumphantly through many battles with cancer over the past three decades. Hoody became something of a celebrity cancer fighter. In feature stories with national media like the New Yorker and ABC's 20/20, he flashed his 1,000 watt smile and self-deprecating wit. He was profiled most recently in a 2009 Marin Magazine article where he called himself the "luckiest man on earth" for all the blessings he had received from life.


He is survived by his wife Laura and five children: Andrew, Caroline "Muffin", Peter "Pistol", Caitlin "Coco", and Patrick "Patch"; his five siblings Tina (Mike) Scarrone, Teresa (John) Pfifle, Katherine (Chris) Quill, Timothy Quill, and Leonard (Denise) Quill. He is predeceased by beloved parents Leonard and Martina Quill and sister-in-law, Lisa Quill. He was the adored son-in-law to Ann and Peter Danis.


Born on June 1, 1965 in Delaware, Hoody grew up in Wilmington with his parents and five siblings. In high school, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, he traveled back to Delaware to play in his championship high school football game. He returned to New York as an aspiring actor, attending the William Esper Studio for training. He performed in off Broadway productions and was cast as an extra in more than 100 movies. Due to his treatments, he was not expected to have children, but he and Laura went on to have five. The couple moved to San Francisco in 1997, then to Tiburon in 2003. He was active at St. Hilary Catholic Church in Tiburon and St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. He coached his kids on local sport teams and volunteered for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His bachelor party kicked off the annual Hoody Open Golf tournament in Delaware which will be played again this September. He continued as an avid runner through all his physical setbacks.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Quill Family Education Fund (to make a confidential donation, please contact Leonard at quillfamily5educationfund@gmail.com) and the Tiburon chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Visitation will be held Thursday, July 25th from 4 to 7PM at Saint Hilary Catholic Church in Tiburon, Ca. A Funeral will also be held at Saint Hilary Church on Friday, July 26th at 11AM.


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 21, 2013
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