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Michael Quinn

2/8/2017


Michael Quinn, “Quinny”, age 58, of Wayne, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, February 8, 2017.

Mike was born in Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and raised in Paramus where, while attending Paramus Catholic High School, he excelled at cross country and won many races and awards as a member of the Paramus Catholic Paladins. After graduation from high school he began attending Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. As a communications major, Quinny had dreams of working in some capacity in television or radio. It’s not surprising therefore that, while at Susquehanna, he was the voice of the university’s radio station WQSU, spinning vinyls and serving up all they latest hits to those who turned the dial to 88.9 FM on their radios. This job was perfect for Mike as he just loved music, especially musical artists like Yes, Jon Anderson and musical genres like reggae, Cajun, and other eclectic stuff. As the years rolled on, his vinyl records were slowly replaced by CD’s of which he presently had over 600!

After college, Mike ended up in computer sales and distribution. Most of his thirty-five plus year career was with Micro America Corporation of Moonachie, serving as their outside sales representative for all of New Jersey. Most recently he was serving as a consultant with several computer retailers.

Mike met his wife Jodie while at Micro America. It turns out that the company had to let the inside sales rep go, so Mike added that role to his responsibilities while the company pursued a permanent replacement. Jodie was the inside sales secretary and the two of them soon took a real liking to each other. Their first official date was to Segovia Restaurant in Moonachie. They soon fell in love and the night came when Mike planned to ask for Jodie’s hand in marriage while at a restaurant. Mike just couldn’t contain his excitement and, getting down on one knee, he asked Jodie to marry him before they even went out. She was elated at the proposition of being Quinny’s wife and they married on Saturday, September 10, 1988. After a honeymoon in Aruba, they lived for a short time in Budd Lake, then moved to their home in the Lions Head Lake section of Wayne in 1989 where they have remained to the present time. In 1993 Mike and Jodie were blessed with the birth of their daughter Shannon.

If you were to ask Mike, he would no-doubt tell you that he was enjoying the blessings of a great life! He adored his wife of 28 years and his daughter Shannon, the bills were paid, and he had time for pursuits of leisure. Mike was never bored and one of his favorite hobbies was working in the kitchen. Ask his daughter Shannon. She would tell you that he made the best orzo salad in the world. He had high standards in the kitchen so nothing came out of a can. Instead, he would make his own stocks and freeze them. Every summer when the corn was in season, he’d make a big production out of husking, cooking, blanching and removing the corn from the cob and freezing it for future use in favorite recipes like corn pudding and corn soup. With his daughter Shannon working by his side in the kitchen he was the happiest – sharing two of his greatest loves. Quinny especially loved spicy foods including Cajun recipes like jambalaya, and gumbo. Mike liked to bribe Shannon to try certain foods by offering her money as an incentive. One time he offered her $20 if she would just try a little bit of duck.

When he was younger, Mike liked to downhill ski. He’d often go with his friends to Vermont and he loved to visit his brother in New Hampshire when he’d ski at Loon Mountain. In recent years, Mike and Jodie got to travel a bit more. They enjoyed trips to Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and to Spain where they got to visit Shannon when she was there for college. They also visited California, Mexico and, while in Ireland and Scotland, Quinny got to participate in another love…..golf. He also played locally but eventually his love of Golf was overcome by his love of fishing. He and his buddy Kevin shared a small fishing boat and they loved to drop their fishing lines, early in the morning, in the saltwater down in Sandy Hook. He especially loved sea bass, fluke and flounder. He’d come home and quickly prepare it for Jodie and Shannon and he would often excitedly say something like, “Just think, this delicious fish that you are enjoying was caught just five hours ago. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!”

Mike’s family always adored his friendly, fun, good-natured disposition. He loved the simple things of life like gummy bears, sour candies, ice cream, singing the song playing over the loudspeaker in the mall and trying on funny hats, just for a laugh when shopping with his family. He was spontaneous and had difficulty keeping a secret if he had something special planned for you. One time while out shopping with Jodie, she saw a beautiful article of jewelry at an estate sale. She loved it very much but figured it was too expensive. This took place right before Christmas so Mike secretly went back and bought it for Jodie. Just like when they got engaged Mike couldn’t contain his excitement and couldn’t wait to see Jodie’s reaction so he surprised her with the gift before Christmas. His actions were always motivated by his love of family, friends, or anyone he’d meet. More concerned about others than himself, Mike was always willing to help and he would give you his last dollar if you needed it.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife Jodie (nee Tulko); his very much-loved daughter Shannon of Providence, RI; dear parents Jack and Adele Quinn of Wayne; his brother John “Jack” and wife Beth Littman-Quinn of Cape Cod, MA; his sister Lisa Arias of Wayne; and nieces and nephews: Jason, Ryan, Anna, Nicki, Stephanie, Polina, Victoria, Patrick, Joseph, and Melody. He was predeceased by his brother Jim Quinn, and his nephew John.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held immediately after the time of visitation, beginning 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Michael’s name are asked to consider the NJ Sharing Network, Attn: Foundation, 691 Central Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974 (njsharingnetwork.org). 

Guest Book

2/11/2017

Dear Quinn family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mike is kind, friendly and good man. He was always the first on our street to wave and say hello. He always shared his fresh fish catch that was so good. He will be missed but never forgotten. God bless you all.

Chris Kelly

2/11/2017

Jodie and Shannon, Very sorry to here this sad news about Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this terrible time. Kathy&Kris Pantoliano

Kathy Pantoliano

2/11/2017

My thoughts are with you and your family, love you Shan <3

Stacy Hoock

2/12/2017

Jodie & Shannon, You are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers. I am so very sorry to learn of Mike's passing. He was such a good person, a great coworker and a terrific friend. I'll always remember his laugh and I'm blessed with tons of memories of so many great times we shared during our many, many years together at D&H. Thoughts of you warm my heart! You're one-of-a-kind Quinny and I will love you and miss you forever, my dear friend!

Doreen Affsa

2/12/2017

Jodie and Shannon, we're still in shock over loosing Michael. Our hearts are aching for you and all the Quinn family. Our love to all... Denise, Nicki and Stephie

Denise Felano

2/13/2017

Jodie and Shannon, Mike was one of a kind with a true friendly nature. He had great love for both of you and always spoke proudly of his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him God-speed Quinny

Kevin McCafferty

2/13/2017

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Mike and I worked together at D&H for several years and he was such a character. His stories were always over the top and he always made everyone laugh. He'll be missed for his great personality and for always being a fun guy. Good bye my friend.

Mike Moran

2/13/2017

Jodie and Shannon I am so sorry to learn of Quinny. You and your family are in my thoughts ad prayers. Quinny was a wonderful partner and friend. Our families have been connected for decades. He will be sadly missed. Love, SueEllen and Jamie.

SueEllen Sineath

2/13/2017

Dear Jodi and Shannon, so sorry to learn of Mike's passing. Quinny brought such life to every interaction. We enjoyed many fun times together at D&H sales meetings and shows. His stories, memorable laugh and positive attitude always brought a smile to my face. He cared about others and made a positive impact on everyone around him. I recall when he went in on the boat. He loved being out on the water and even more cooking up the catch with his family. Prayers for you and your family and all who were blessed to know Quinny!

Paul McIlhenny

2/13/2017

No words can express our sorrow for the entire Quinn Family. The blessing is that through all the years, love tears joys and losses our families still remain connected. Peace to you dear Jody and Shannon. Love Karen Mike Anthony & Mick

Karen Felano Viglione & Family

2/13/2017

Jodie and Shannon I am so deeply saddened and full of sorrow for your loss. Mike touched everyones heart who knew him. I cant help but smile when i think of him. You were so blessed to have had him and i pray that your treasured memories and God's grace be upon you during this most difficult time. I pray God grants you the love and comfort you both so truly deserve. I'm so sorry I can't be with you this evening, but please know my love, thoughts and prayers absolutely are. With love and sincere heartfelt sorrow, julie

Julie Rose-Santamaria

2/17/2017

Mike was an awesome human being and I had the privilege of working with him at Microamerica! You are all in our prayers!

Archie K. Miller

2/23/2017

Shannon I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I know what an amazing relationship you two, had and how much he loved you. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Ms. Uhr

2/28/2017

Jodie, I've just learned of Mike's passing. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news!!! If you need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. Nicole

Nicole Sweeney


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