John Quinlan

John H. "Jack" Quinlan Jr.

Tuesday January 25, 1927 - Saturday August 17, 2019
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John “Jack” H. Quinlan, Jr., a longtime resident of Northborough, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019; he was 92 years old. Jack grew up in South Boston and although he lived in Northborough for almost 60 years, he remained a city boy at heart. He graduated from South Boston High School, Boston University and was a Certified Public Accountant. Jack later earned his Master’s Degree in Education. Jack served in the U.S. Navy and while working at the Charlestown Navy Yard he met his future wife, Pauline Mitchell. They married soon after and celebrated 70 years of marriage before Pauline’s passing in October 2018.

Jack is survived by their five children, Linda Q. Holbrook and her husband Michael of Fairhaven, John R. Quinlan of Arundel, ME, Nancy E. Quinlan of Worcester, Joanne C. Borus and her husband Gregory of Millbury, and Paul M. Quinlan of Leominster. He also leaves five grandchildren, Melanie Sullivan, William Holbrook, Leah Chiaravalloti, Carly Wilks, and Andrew Borus, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Quinlan, sister, Joan Mullen and his daughters-in-law, Elizabeth Quinlan and Karen Quinlan.

Jack worked at many firms including Peat Marwick Mitchell, Bowlmor, Phalo and retired 12 years ago, at age 80, from Singer & Lusardi in Worcester. He loved music of all kinds and enjoyed going to concerts, especially at Indian Ranch. A great athlete in his day, Jack still could be found following sports, most especially the Patriots. An enthusiastic storyteller, Jack would strike up a conversation with anyone and was friendly to all. Above all, he was always there for his family.

Calling hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, from St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main Street, Northborough. Burial will follow in Howard Street Cemetery.

Jack’s family wishes to acknowledge the Homestead Hall staff for their kind and compassionate care shown to him during his stay there. They respectfully ask that in Jack’s memory, memorial contributions be made to the Homestead Hall –activity fund, 10 Homestead Ave., Worcester, MA 01610. To leave a condolence, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday August 21, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday August 21, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hays Funeral Home
    56 Main Street
    Northborough, MA 01532
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  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday August 22, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday August 22, 2019 10:00am
    St. Rose of Lima Parish
    244 W. Main St.
    Northborough, MA 01532
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  • Interment

    Thursday August 22, 2019 |
    Thursday August 22, 2019
    Howard Street Cemetery
    Howard Street
    Northborough, Massachusetts 01532
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Eunice Asare- Homestead Hall

Posted at 07:57am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Love Jon-Michael and Amanda Raymond

Posted at 03:54pm
So sorry for your loss.
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Ann Crane

Posted at 12:36pm
To Joanne and siblings. Please accept my sincer sympathy for the loss of your Dad.

Martin Sellers

Posted at 02:08am
You and your family are in my thoughts. Thank you for being my pen pal for the last 40 years. Now reunited with Pauline. Goodbye my friend.
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Donna Ahern

Posted at 09:26am
To PQ and family, so very sorry for the loss of your Dad....I got to know him most when he came to the Dental office I worked st in Natick... such a lovely, sweet man. May he Rest In Peace and be rejoiced with your momma and have eternal life together... sending hugs and prayers during this time of grief ... love Donna Blood Ahern , “MB”

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