For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


John Gordon (Jack) Quinn


Born: 06 Sep 1925, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan


Died: 13 Apr 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia


QUINN, John Gordon (Jack) - Jack weighed anchor and with the evening offshore breeze, sailed into the sunset on April 13, 2011. Born to James Arthur and Clara Belle (McMartin) Quinn in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on September 6, 1925. Jack enlisted in the Canadian Navy in 1941 serving his country on the minesweeper HMS Ingonish, corvette HMCS Barrie and destroyer HMCS Sioux seeing action during the Battle of the Atlantic on the Murmansk run and during D-Day. Jack spent 40 years working with meatpackers in Alberta and British Columbia. Burn's Foods, Gainers, J. M. Schneider's and Olympic Meats were all the beneficiaries of his boundless energy and matchless customer sales and service skills. Jack concluded his career as a broker with Costco bringing his legacy of his knowledge to the fledgling operation. Pre-deceased by wives, Teresa, Yvonne, and Edwina, sons Bruce and Patrick, brothers William and Morris, sister Dorothy, brother-in-law Keith. Loving and missing him always are wife Jean, brothers James (Edna), Gordon (Margaret), sisters-in-law Rose, Kae, sons Ronald (Patricia), Gregory (Katherine), Randal, Matthew (April), stepsons Gavin (May) and Jeremy (Gabriela), grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and all their families. Late in life, Jack met Jean and together they enjoyed golfing, fishing, sailing, traveling and hosting family gatherings featuring legendary turkey dinners. Married at the fabled Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu on December 3, 1990, they celebrated a magical 20th Anniversary in December 2010. In Jack's memory, we would be grateful for donations to Honor House Society providing accommodation for families of Canadian Forces and BC First Responders receiving medical care in Metro Vancouver. Jack was a remarkable man who lived his life in a truly inspirational fashion, challenging all of us to make the most of our opportunities to overcome incredible obstacles and to never let setbacks determine our destiny. "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." W. H. Henley. A gathering will be held at St. Margaret's Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 East 22nd Street, Vancouver, B C, on Sunday, May 8, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (The Vancouver Sun 23 Apr 2011)


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