Family Login:

Dep. Fire Chief Michael  J. Quinn

Dep. Fire Chief Michael J. Quinn
  • April 21, 1949 - October 7, 2020
  • Harvard, Massachusetts

Pause Monumental Strength by Nicholas Barry, composer (BMI), Tomas Jacobi, comp
Share This Obituary
Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Mike by adding your memories and photos.

Resources

Arrangements made by

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Get Directions

Profile of Joyce Funeral Home

View Phone Number
View Fax Number

Send Flowers
flowers logo


Memories & Candles

“A Great Athelete, As well as a GREAT Person. Taken to early and will be really missed. ”
1 of 33 | Posted by: Eddy Noonan - Waltham, MA

“Mike was a truly dedicated first responder. I will remember him as a car guy and fellow member of the Push Rods of Waltham. He and I shared great...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Fred Hire - Friend

“So sorry for your loss, Mike was a great neighbor and a nice person to get to know, I wished I could attend the wake and funeral so sorry for your...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Armen Aghamianz - Leominster, MA

“So sorry for your loss, Mike was a great neighbor and a nice person to get to know, I wished I could attend the wake and funeral ”
4 of 33 | Posted by: Armen Aghamianz - Leominster, MA

“To the family of Mike Quinn,I am thinking of you at this time and send my prayers to you all. I am sorry to not be able to join you in remembering...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Walter Jones - Watertown, MA

“to Mikes family and friends my thoughts and payers are with you. ”
6 of 33 | Posted by: Richard Cardillo - Waltham, MA

“On behalf of my family, and the Waltham Football Gridiron Club, we were so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Quinn. He led a life of service to...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Bill Hanley - Waltham, MA

“Our condolences to Karen and the rest of the Quinnfamily.Mike was very generous to us with his timeand his snow plow.We will miss him. Tom...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: thomas rogers - waltham, MA

“Karen my condolences to you and the entire family on Mikes passing. Always remember our loved ones live on in those that knew and loved them through...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Gail Collette - Burlington, MA

“Although I hadn't seen Mike in some time, he always struck me as someone special.Always a smile and a good word.My sincere condolences to the entire...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Ernie Rogers - Waltham, MA

“To Mikes Family so sorry for your loss. I work with Mike on the Sudbury Fire Dept, My Dad was Chief the time he hired Mike , Had alot of Fun with...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: David Frost - Palm Coast, FL

“To Mike's wife, son Michael, and the rest of his family and friends, I offer my sincerest condolences. The news was quite a shock to me and to...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: MICHAEL GRIGORAKOS - WALTHAM, MA

“Dear Karen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I extend my prayers for Mike and your healing. May the great love you shared for your husband,...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Cheryl Conti - Hopkinton, MA

“To Michael, Tim and all the Quinn family, my deepest sympathy on the sudden, shocking loss of Mike. He was one of the good ones for sure. We joined...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Steve Mahoney - Waltham, MA

“Mike was a friend and a co worker who loved his family and his job. When I was a new Firefighter Mike was always someone I looked up to and respected...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Paul Ciccone - Lexington, MA

“RIP Mike ”
16 of 33 | Posted by: Mark Roche - Sherborn, MA

“Deputy Chief Quinn,Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sudbury and Waltham...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Mike Casey

“So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Worked a few fires with Mike. He was a firefigher's firefighter. Well respected by his fellow firefighters. ”
18 of 33 | Posted by: Bob Keane - Dennis, MA - Coworker

“This hit me in the gut more than I thought it could. Too bad time goes by and we go our own ways. Mike and I had some good times off the job where we...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Davis - Waltham, MA

“To Karen and entire family. I am so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Mike. Although I haven't seen him in over 10 years, I have many wonderful...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Lauren Stevens - Townsend, MA

“To the family. Sorry for your sudden loss. I was shocked when I heard the news. I worked WFD and graduated with Mike. I'd be there for sure but I'm...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Paul Desaulnier - Marlborough, MA

“To Michael, Matt, Tim. So sorry to hear of you Dads passing it was a shock. We had so many good times together with both family's. Our prayers go...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Leo P. Landry Sr. - Boxborough, MA

“We are so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Sr. What an a amazing man so full of life and love for his family. He will be greatly missed...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Lisa & Anthony Hamill - Langhorne, PA

“To the Entire Quinn Family my sincere condolence, I had the pleasure to work with Mike and two of his sons. He made it through the ranks, even to...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Paul Bergeron - Jupiter, FL

“Karen & Family, Mom and I are so very sorry for your loss. ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Elaine Barr - York Beach, ME

“Our deepest condolences to the Quinn Family, we are shocked and saddened to hear of Mike's sudden passing. We are glad we were able to spend the day...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Robin & Les Entire Rose's Racing Team #62 - MA

“So very sorry to hear this. Met Mike once at his home with my husband (Kevin Eagan) who work under Mike as a Waltham fire fighter. Very nice...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Beth Eagan - Ft myers, FL

Lee Speedway 10/3/20 “We are shocked and saddened to hear this news. Our sincerest condolences to Karen and the family, I spoke with Mike this morning, we were making...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Ron & Laura Sullivan - Waltham, MA

“To the entire Quinn family. My parents, Ron & Laura, and the Sullivan family, are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Like so many, my we got to know...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Ronnie Sullivan - Waltham, MA

“Joe and I are deeply sorry for this unexpected loss. We'll always remember the good times with all the football parents and so much fun at the shack...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Claire Cincotta - Framingham, MA

“So very sorry for your loss guys. Liked working with Mike at the fire station and turning wrenches on the side. Not to mention our trips to the race...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Steve Lydon - Waltham - Friend

“Michael matthew and tim thinking of all of you. Our hearts go out to you uncle jeff and jessica ”
32 of 33 | Posted by: Jeffrey Tibbetts - Daytona beach, FL

“Sorry to the whole Quinn family I worked with Mike for many many years was an honor and a pleasure it was a true professional professional and a...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Paul LeBlanc - Waltham, MA


Family was everything to Mike Quinn. His heart was full when family and friends were gathered at his and his wife Karen's home for something good to eat, and the company and love of family with all its blessings. His home in Harvard was the preferred gathering spot and many at the table enjoyed his feasts. Always a constant, his signature farewell 'Be safe and wear your seatbelt' were predictable words as he said goodbye each time.

Mike started his fire career as a Private on the Sudbury Fire Department and later transferred to his native Waltham Fire Department on June 4, 1978. He was appointed Lieutenant on June 15, 1986, Captain on May 27, 2001, Deputy Chief on December 22, 2002 and also served as Acting Chief of the Waltham Fire Department from September 30, 2011 to March 13, 2012. Having worked in all six Waltham stations he leaves a lasting legacy through his thousands of interactions with the citizens of the Waltham. He enjoyed the camaraderie and brotherhood only a career firefighter can know. Mike retired on April 30, 2014 as a Deputy Chief and member of the Waltham Fire IAFF Local 866.

Mike was born April 21, 1949 in Waltham, the oldest of two sons born to the late Joseph and Barbara (Robinson) Quinn. A graduate of Waltham Vocational High School with the class of 1968, he was a standout athlete and attended Idaho State College on a football scholarship and was subsequently inducted into the Waltham Hall of Fame for football. Mike was active in and also the president of the Waltham Football Gridiron Club during the seven year stretch his three sons played high school football. Here he made lifelong friends and was a role model to many.

A hard-working blue-collar kind of guy, Mike knew how to dress to the nines but was equally comfortable in a casual mechanic's uniform. He tinkered and worked with engines and cars for over twenty years as owner/operator of Arts Tune- Up Co. on Calvary Street, Waltham. An avid NASCAR enthusiast Mike traveled to many races and was a member of the Push Rod Club in Hudson.

Sadly, Mike died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in Nashoba Valley Medical Center after being stricken ill at home. He was 71.

In addition to his wife, Karen L. (Quagliozzi) Quinn, he leaves his children, Michael J. Quinn, Jr. (Tricia) of Marlborough, Matthew J. Quinn (Melissa) of Canton and Timothy H. Quinn (Christine) of Attleborough; his step-children, Ryan M. Quirk of Vientiane, Laos and Emily J. Quirk (Patrick Corcoran) of Merrimack, New Hampshire; his brother, Mark Quinn of Newburyport; his grandchildren, Kelsey, Claire, Morgan, Calvin, Connor, Chloe, Colin, Caitlin and Finn; his great-grandchild, Boston; Frank Louro of Fitchburg, whom he considered a son; his father-in-law, Joseph Quagliozzi and his brother-in-law, Steven Quagliozzi (Kristin) of Plainville and several nieces and nephews. Mike was also predeceased by his former wife, Jane E. DePass.

Family and friends will honor and remember Michael's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, October 12th from 4 to 7 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday in Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham at 10 a.m. Those unable to attend may view by visiting http://distantlink.com/joyce.html at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13th. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Once covid restrictions are lifted, another event to celebrate Mike's life will be announced.

Memorials in his name may be made to Waltham Gridiron Foundation, 59 Rosewood Drive, Waltham, MA 02452.

Upcoming Funeral Services
Burial

Calvary Cemetery

250 High Street Waltham, MA 02453