Gerard Quinn
Gerard Quinn
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 26 in St. Agnes Church, part of Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish, Atlantic Highlands, for Gerard “Jerry” Quinn who died Feb. 22 in his home in Leonardo following a brief illness. He was 91.

Mr. Quinn was the father of Father Jarlath Quinn, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish.

Born in 1930 on a small farm in Quignashee, Ballina, County Mayo in the west of Ireland, Mr. Quinn was one of 10 children born to William and Catherine Fox Quinn. He emigrated to New York in 1954 after which he joined the Longshoreman’s union and worked in the construction field for 50 years.

He and his wife, Julia (Shiela) Ward, met in Newark in 1961 and they were married in Shiela’s hometown of Caltra, Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland in 1964. The couple purchased their home in Leonardo in 1968 and together they raised three sons and two daughters, all of whom were educated in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton.

Mr. Quinn was predeceased by his parents; a sister; seven brothers; three sisters-in-law, and two sons, David Desmond and Brendan David.

In addition to his wife of 57 years and Father Quinn, he is survived by two other sons, Gerard and Kenneth; two daughters, Edel and Siobhan; seven grandchildren; a sister, Sister Josephine Quinn, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish, 103 Center Ave., Atlantic Highlands, N.J. 07716.