ROBERT MICHAEL QUINN - COLCHESTER - Robert Michael Quinn died suddenly of an acute illness in Fletcher Allen Health Care on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Bob is survived by his wife, Judith (DeForge) Quinn of Colchester; and their children, son, Bruce Quinn and wife, Jin Hee, of Houston, Texas; son, Brian Quinn of Essex; daughter, Kerry (Quinn) Senger and husband, Chris, of Hamden, Conn.; daughter, Amy Quinn; and son, Ethan Quinn of Essex; and five beautiful grandchildren, Jared, James, Jenny, Anthony and Marilyn. Robert Quinn was born July 7, 1941, in Bedford, Ind., to Roy and Evelyn Quinn. Bob spent most of his childhood in Darien, Conn. Being the only son, his father spent a great deal of time with him and their most exciting find was a Revolutionary War officer's dress sword that was buried in their back yard. Bob and his father had it carbon dated and documented at a museum, and to this day it hangs on the wall in the Quinn home. Bob was an avid Boy Scout from a young age and eventually achieved Eagle Scout status, the Boy Scout's highest honor. Bob knew at an early age what he wanted to do. He had a ham radio and fell in love with the craft and knew he wanted to be an electrical engineer. Bob was a member of ROTC and had the achievement of being a sharp shooter. When Bob found out his grandson had a pin collection, he gave his achievement pins to him. That was the kind of man Bob was, always giving. Bob met the love of his life, Judith DeForge, at Henry's Diner in Burlington. They were both on dates with other people that night, but Bob ended up walking Judy home. At her doorstep, Bob asked if he could have something to sleep on (looking for a good night kiss). Judy instead threw him a pillow from the front porch swing and he was hooked. Bob loved Judy's spunk and wit, and they both shared a wonderful sense of humor, teaching that to their children. They were married at St Joseph's Church in Burlington and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 28, 2011. In 1961, Bob and Judy moved to Troy, N.Y., where Bob attended RPI. The first four children, Bruce, Brian, Kerry and Amy, were born there. Bob obtained two Ph.D.'s while at RPI, one in electrical engineering and one in physics. After his education, they moved back to Burlington, where the fifth child, Ethan, was born. Bob was always active in his children's lives, coaching little league baseball and volunteering at swim meets over the years. He was also president of the PTO in Burlington at Flynn School. Bob was always there for his family. He was our rock and our love for him cannot be measured. There is nothing to compare it to. Bob worked for over 20 years at IBM, and while there had many awards and patents for his inventions. Bob's work in semi-conductor transistors/processors contributed to the development of the computer microchip, which is used in all PCs today. Bob retired from IBM in 1992, and ran the Old Mill Kitchen Company in the Chaplain Mill, with his wife, Judy, until 1998. In 1997, Bob received a kidney from his son, giving us 15 more precious years with him. Bob took a job for Lockheed Martin and then BAE systems in Manassas, Va. Bob and Judy lived there from 1997 to 2012. Bob was responsible for very sensitive and secret government work and achieved many more awards and patents while in Virginia. He never talked much about what his work involved there, but we used to joke with him about designing invisible airplanes. Bob was a man with a kind voice, a kinder heart and so much to give. He left us too soon, but we all know he is in a better place, for if kindness, giving and achievement have anything to do with the afterlife, Bob is in a throne at the top. The time that we had with our husband/father was the most blessed anyone could ever hope for. We are better people for having him in our lives. He will always be missed and never be forgotten. Dad, we love you.
Let him peacefully lie
in a bed of clover,
With flowers aplenty
be his blanket all over.
Let him feel warmth
and be free from pain,
Until we can all be with him again.
- from his wife, Judy
Please share with us in a celebration of Bob's life on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home, 68 Pinecrest Drive, in Essex.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Funeral Home

Ready Funeral Service, Inc.
68 Pinecrest Drive Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 879-9477

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 9, 2012