Elisier Quintana
Elisier 'Early' Quintana, 69, passed away on January 3rd, 2021. Early was born in Juncos, Puerto Rico, to Jose & Margarita Quintana, on October 12th, 1951. Early graduated from Lane Tech College Prep High School, in 1969. His professional endeavors included court reporter instructor at City Colleges of Chicago, as paralegal at Sedgwick Law, and his most recent position as Underwriting Assistant at Beazley Group. Early was an avid supporter of the Chicago Pride Invitational (CPI), and Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), and was an active participant in bowling leagues across the years. Early was an avid gambler, and he also enjoyed honing his horticulture skills each spring. Early is survived by his partner of 30 years, Spencer Bahler, his sister Norma, brothers Jose and Freddie, his niece/goddaughter Dahlia and 6 children, nephew Alejandro and 4 children, niece/goddaughter Melinda and son, nephew Miguel and son, niece Andrea and 2 children, niece Yesenia and 2 children, niece Lisa and daughter, niece Dana and 2 children, niece Nikki, niece Jacqueline, nephew Orlando and daughter, nephew James and a daughter and niece Angelique. He is preceded in death by brother Orlando, niece Blanca, father Jose and mother Margarita. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to PAWS Chicago, at pawschicago.org, or 773.935.7297.

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 10, 2021.
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I first met Early more than 40 years ago when he and Nick became fast friends with my mother Sandie. We had many, many laughs together, scratching instant lottery tickets, playing cards, being in Vegas together and, ultimately, Early took great care in getting me financial aid so that I could attend the Chicago College of Commerce and become a court reporter. 32 years later and I'm still reporting and had it not been for his efforts early on, no pun intended, who know where I would have ended up. His laughter, smile, friendship and loyalty will always be remembered fondly. My heartfelt condolences to your entire family over this tragic loss. I'm sure Sandie was there with open arms welcoming him into Heaven.
Michael Urbanski
Friend
January 14, 2021
I worked with Early just shy of 8 years and am in disbelief that he's gone. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with him and there was much to be learned from him through his character. He was hardworking, charitable, kind, generous, a perfectionist and extremely loyal. He set an example in the office for a lot of the younger folks. He took pride in his work, appearance, his car and his cats. No secret, he had a passion for caring for and donating to PAWS and other organizations that were in support of animals. I remember his detail carrying over to his love of being a Treasurer for his bowling league. He will be sorely missed and I'm proud to have worked with him and call him a friend.
Jamie Krekowski
Friend
January 13, 2021
You will be missed Early. My thoughts and prayers for healing to all of your loved ones.
Marc Amis
January 13, 2021
So many memories from trips, being business partners, holidays, special occasions, just life as friends. My sincere condolences to Spencer, Dahlia, Melinda, Norma and Early´s family.
Michael Kauffman
January 13, 2021
We will miss my brother n I will miss my brother law. Love you always. José, this picture was taking 2016 on my birthday.
Jose & Maria
January 11, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Asabi Yvette Thomas
Friend
January 10, 2021
Thank you for the gift of knowing you... Blessings on your journey
Sharon Wood&Terri Iacopelli
January 10, 2021
We feel honored to have met Early. We spent some really memorable times together. Super Bowl in San Francisco and a fun birthday party in Minnesota were a couple of our favorite times with him and Spencer. He was such a kind and thoughtful human being. We will miss him dearly. Are hearts go out to his family and friends. Rest In Peace Early. Sincerely, David and Rebecca Kroll
David and Rebecca Kroll
Friend
January 9, 2021
Early, we met some 42 years ago at Marigold Bowl. That was a friendship I truly enjoyed. It has broken my heart that you are no longer with us. I love you my friend. I am not saying goodbye. We will meet again. RIP til then.
Brenda Sato
Friend
January 8, 2021
My most sincere condolences and prayers to Dahlia and family in the passing of her beloved Godfather/Uncle Early. I will continually pray for your peace. Love and Blessings,
Anita Thomas
Friend
January 8, 2021
RIP and Condolences Dana
don merkle
Friend
January 8, 2021
Early and I met when I was 18 years old. We became fast friends during the 1970s and bowled, camped, Canasta-ed, DISCOED, traveled, dined, joked and LAUGHED during that time. 9 years later, when Carl and I married, he stood up to our wedding and, over the years, came to our kids' birthday parties. 40 years later came over to "catch up" and visit with out-of-town friends. He was such a generous and caring friend and that lent itself to our always feeling comfortable in reconnecting despite however much time passed between seeing each other. Our love and friendship always picked up where we left off. Carl and I will miss him greatly. A 50 year friendship is our personal milestone.
Donna and Carl Doerr
Friend
January 8, 2021
My Best friend's Brothe r, her tower of strength. They made me feel like family.
Amelia B. Ybarra - Lopez
Friend
January 8, 2021
Early was the secretary of one of the bowling leagues in Chicagoland USBC for many years. He was always so pleasent to work with. I know he will be missed by many. I will be keeping all who knew and loved him in my thoughts. Kristee Bylls, Chicagoland USBC Association Manager
Kristee Bylls
Friend
January 8, 2021
Early was a great guy. I always admired his generosity and fun spirit. I do regret not having the chance to bowl with him as I heard he was pretty good. Now when it thunders, I'll think of him bowling with the Angels up in heaven. Rest in peace Early :)
Jose Maldonado
Family
January 8, 2021