Peabody, MA — Robert F. Quinn, 92, a lifelong resident of Peabody, passed suddenly on September 20, 2013, at the NSMC Salem Hospital. He had been employed for many years at the former A.C. Lawrence Leather Co. in Peabody, before working for the City of Peabody Welfare Department. During this time, he completed his bachelor's degree at Goddard College in Vermont. Upon his retirement, he began his second career at the Peabody Council on Aging, where he worked for many years.
As a lifelong lover of history, he pursued his passion and was elected president of the Peabody Historical Society, and helped initiate the “Preserve Brooksby Farms” movement. He as a docent at the George Peabody House and the Peabody Leather Workers Union.
Bob was a faithful parishioner and nursing home Eucharistic Minister at St. John the Baptist Church, and a devoted member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Holy Name Society, and the North Shore Catholic Charities. He continued his work outside the country, traveling to Haiti for missionary work.
He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn Koziska Quinn. He is survived by his brother, Edward Quinn of Peabody; his daughters, Mary and her husband, Bobby Gene Peoples of Durham, N.C., and Debbie Quinn of Peabody; his sons, John Quinn of Clinton, Conn., Bob and his wife, Donna Quinn of East Greenwich, R.I., Kevin and his wife, Robin Quinn of Annandale, Va., and Mark Quinn of Peabody; his grandchildren, Jake Peoples and his wife, Stephanie of Tennessee, Katie Peoples of Washington, D.C., Tom and Joe Quinn of Peabody, and Bobby and Caroline Quinn of Rhode Island; and his great-granddaughter, Peyton Peoples of Tennessee.
The Quinn family would like to pay special tribute and thanks to Bob’s physician, Dr. Mary Cunningham, his longtime caring and thoughtful physician.