William (Jim) James Quinn

By on January 8, 2009

William (Jim) James Quinn, 57, finished his courageous four-year fight against cancer on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, when he left this world for the peaceful respite prepared by his Lord and Savior. He was born Jan. 7, 1951, in Elmhurst, Ill., and current resident of Sugar Grove, Ill.

A devoted husband and father, Jim is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Gail (McConnell) Quinn and their six children, Callie (Brian) Matheny of Aurora, Megan (William) Haefner of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Jocelyn (Ronald) Reichert of Oswego, Ill., Lt. Ryan Quinn deployed to Afghanistan, Rory and Sean, both of Davenport, Iowa. He is the steadfast son of Donald Quinn of Montgomery; and three brothers, Robert (Eileen) Quinn of Downers Grove, Ill., Thomas (Denise) Quinn of St. Charles and Frederick (Joanne) Quinn of Avondale Estates, Ga. He is the adored “Daddy Papa” of eight grandchildren, Sophie, Charlotte, Cooper and Gavin Matheny, Fiona Haefner, and Evan, Avery and Chloe Reichert.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte (Bonnie) Quinn and his sister, Penelope.

Jim was a loyal employee of 35 years of Rockwell Automation, formerly Reliance Electric Co. He was a long-time member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Aurora, and a current member of St. Katharine Drexel Church of Sugar Grove.

Although Jim is no longer physically present, his legacy lives in the family he so dearly loved and the many lives he touched with his quiet confidence. Courage takes many forms, and in Jim’s case, it was reflected by his determination at the end of each day that said, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” No matter how long the odds, Jim took them, fighting always to get up and play with his grandchildren and give his family the time they needed to say their good-byes. His humility and strength of spirit are infused in his family, leaving the world a better place for generations to come.

Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 2, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, from 3 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass was Saturday, Jan. 3, at St. John Neumann Church, St. Charles. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to your choice of the American Cancer Society, Our Lady of Good Counsel Journey of Faith Campaign or St. Katharine Drexel Building Fund.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave a condolence.