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Arthur L. Quirk Jr.


1937 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Stonington - Arthur L. Quirk Jr., former pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators, founding board chair of Horizons, Inc. in Windham, and former board member of American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, died on Nov. 22, 2014, at home in Stonington, surrounded by his family.

"Artie" Quirk was born in Providence, on April 11, 1937, and attended school in Narragansett. A gifted baseball pitcher, he beat all the big city schools as he pitched South Kingstown High School to two state baseball championships, 1953 and 1955, and was the Providence Journal Honor Roll Boy of 1955. Art graduated from Dartmouth College in 1959.

He played in the Cape Cod baseball league and was inducted into the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame in 2009. In the early 1960s, he pitched for the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Senators.

After retiring from baseball, Art spent his business career in sales and marketing of computing technology, founding several businesses, culminating as president of TravTech, a subsidiary of Travelers Insurance Co.

Art dedicated his life to making a difference for people with special needs. He served on numerous boards for organizations serving Connecticut's special needs community. In addition, as a parishioner of St. Patrick Church, he chaired the cemetery committee.

Because of his daughter Kerri, in 1979 he helped establish Horizons, Inc., which exists to create and sustain person-centered opportunities for people with special needs where they live, learn, work, and play.

Art is survived by Kathleen "Kit", his wife of 55 years; children, Kent of Mystic, Kerri of Windham, and Christopher of Acton, Mass.; brother, Dr. William "Bill" Quirk and his wife, Dr. Coralie Shaw, of Stonington; sisters, Mary Connelly of New York City and Judy Hurley and her husband, William Hurley, of Warwick, R.I.; grandchildren, Lincoln, Morgan, Bryn, Thomas, and Maura Quirk; numerous nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Mary Dugan and Ann Dodd. A special thanks to Mary Dugan and Coralie Shaw for providing care and comfort during his illness.

His family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, 51 Williams Ave., Mystic. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, at St. Patrick Church, 32 East Main St., Mystic. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, River Road, Old Mystic.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Art's memory to Horizons, Inc. (camphorizons.org).

The family invites you to visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
Published in The Day on Nov. 24, 2014
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