Friday, 14 April 2017 15:45

Francis J. Quinn

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Francis J. Quinn, 84, a native of Saratoga Springs, died at Palm Beach Gardens Hospital in Florida, on April 4, 2017, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Born on January 19, 1933, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Kathleen Driscoll Quinn. 

Married to Norma McNamara Quinn for 59 years, he was the devoted father of Tracy, Kevin Francis (deceased), and Ann Seton Quinn. His surviving brothers are Robert (Sally) Quinn, his twin; and Leo J. (Ann) Quinn, both of Ballston Spa. In addition to his son and parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Malcolm Ennis Quinn of Saratoga Springs.

He attended St. Peter’s Academy (now Saratoga Central Catholic School) in Saratoga Springs. A 1954 graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, he was a member of Delta Phi Fraternity. 

Frank served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant and later worked at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Hartford, CT. He was on the planning committee for the 1963 Saratoga Thoroughbred Racing Centennial celebration on Broadway. 

During the 1960s, he managed Quinn’s Colonial Tavern on Broadway in Saratoga Springs and operated the concessions in the Saratoga Spa State Park. He was the director of economic development for the New York State Department of Commerce in Albany and retired in 1996. A communicant and former trustee of St. Clement’s Church, he was co-chair of St. Clement’s Horse Show. He received the honor of Redemptorist Oblate.

For over 20 years, Francis and Norma spent winters in Juno Beach, FL, where they attended St. Paul of the Cross, Our Lady of Florida, and St. Patrick Catholic Church. He was former president of the Barclay Condominium Association in Juno Beach.

In Saratoga Springs, he was a Past Exalted Ruler (1965) and a lifetime member of the Saratoga-Wilton BPO Elks Lodge 161; a Fourth-Degree member of Saratoga Assembly 745 Knights of Columbus; and was a past president (1974) and emeritus member of the board of governors of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick.

Frank was a former board member of the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. An avid golfer, he and his wife, Norma, have been club members for 56 years.

The Very Rev. Paul J. Borowski, CSsR, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 17, at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Beginning at 10 a.m., the family will receive guests in the church. Burial will be private.

The Quinns would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Hospice of Palm Beach County for their extraordinary care. 

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation or the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com 

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