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John R. Quinn

AGE: 80 • Asheville, NC

John Ryan Quinn, 80, died peacefully Monday afternoon in Asheville, NC, just hours after enjoying a delightful luncheon out with daughters Sally and Margot and his wife Linda.

It was a fitting departure for a joyful soul who loved to stir up fun whatever the occasion. To John, being on Hospice was no excuse for foregoing life's opportunities.

A Westfield, NJ, native—one of the seven children of Mary Ryan and Francis Quinn—John spent his life and career in the state. His primary business was in Elizabeth, NJ, where he owned and ran WJDM-AM (1530) until retirement, and previously co-owned Quinn-Woodbine Publishing.

Radio work was pure pleasure to John. Among his many charities, he particularly enjoyed fundraising for the American Cancer Society, annually arranging the "arrests" of prominent NJ officials and socialites, then interviewing them from the Elizabeth jail. "Bail" was paid by their friends in the form of donations for cancer research. His dedication earned him the "Man of the Year" award by ACS. He initiated the country's first radio outreach to Gulf War soldiers, connecting dozens with their families. He also served on the Board of Crime Stoppers for Union County.

John's energy and vision lead to his election to the Board of the National Association of Broadcasters for two terms, the first non-New Yorker ever to represent the NY-NJ Region. He also served for many years as President of the New Jersey Broadcast Association.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, John was indefatigable in his service to displaced families, serving meals, delivering essential goods and doing whatever it took to help restore the state he loved.

Among John's great loves were theater, dancing, and active sports—especially basketball and tennis, which he played until recently. He earned a basketball scholarship to Arizona State University based on his legendary performance at Oratory Prep in Summit: John scored 81 points in a single basketball game, and for decades held the statewide record for "most points scored." In his later years, he kept the tennis courts hopping at Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club, when he wasn't indulging his passion for world travel. With his wife, John managed to cover most of the globe, delighting in new cultures and making new friends.

John is survived by his wife of 34 years, Linda Schulz Quinn, daughters Sally Quinn Curci of Cranford, NJ, and Margot Quinn of Portland, OR; his six grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, Aubrey, Brian, Callie and Courtney; and his sister Constance Quinn Hourihan. He was preceded in death by his son John Ryan Quinn, Jr., who died while traveling in Africa.

A private memorial Mass for family and friends will be held at 9:30 am, Saturday, March 25th, at Saint Denis in Manasquan, NJ. A celebratory event will be held this summer with details to be announced. In lieu of flowers a contribution to the Hospital of Special Surgery would be appreciated.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 23, 2017
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