Obituary for Edward James Quinlan
After a brief but determined fight against lung cancer, Edward J. Quinlan died at the age of 67, surrounded by his family on the afternoon of Friday, July 21st at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Edward is survived by his beloved wife, Dove Joy Quinlan; his four daughters-- Diana Quinlan Calvo, Katherine Quinlan Pero, Elizabeth Mae Quinlan and Molly Madeline Quinlan; his brother John Quinlan, his mother, Ellen Slater, numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved grandchildren Lily Calvo, Brennan Pero, and Mia Pero. He is predeceased by his father Edward Quinlan and his brother James Quinlan.
Ed was born on March 19th, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts to father Edward Quinlan and mother Ellen Slater. He grew up in Brighton, MA, surrounded by his grandmother, parents, and brothers James and John.
Ed studied History at Boston University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in 1971. He then began a law degree at Suffolk University, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1974. At this time he was living with his first wife, Jean Boyer, and soon celebrated the birth of his first two daughters; Diana Quinlan Calvo in 1979, and Katherine Quinlan Pero in 1981. Soon after graduating from Suffolk he began working as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he stayed until 1983. It was there he met his second wife, Georgianna McLoughlin Quinlan. In 1983 he began his own legal practice, Quinlan & Sadowski, P.C., with partner Richard Sadowski, focusing on contracting and construction litigation. In 1992 and 1994, respectively, he celebrated the birth of his third and fourth daughters, Elizabeth and Molly.
Ed was not only a dedicated and sought-after lawyer, but also a member of many community groups in his beloved town of Millis, Massachusetts. He was involved in the Millis Theatre Group, where he met the love of his life who became his third wife, Dove Joy Quinlan. A member of the Millis Lions Club, he was known to many around town as the go-to man if you needed a set built or a bottle-and-can drive organized. He was also a devoted member of the congregation of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover, Massachusetts, where he served as the Clerk of the Vestry. He had a passion for local community organizing, and loved supporting his friends and family in any way he could.
A wake will be held for Edward at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home in Medfield, Massachusetts on Wednesday July 26th from 4-8pm. A memorial service will be held at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover, Massachusetts at 11:30am, which will be followed by a reception at the Norwood VFW from 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers his family asks that donations be made to one of the following charitable programs; the Lions Clubs International SightFirst Program, the MSPCA-Angell Organization, or the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education.