Published: February 1, 2011
Cornelius J. “Neil” Quinn, 85, of Oxford, Penn., died January 28 at Jennersville Regional Hospital. He was the husband of antiques dealer Mary Carden Quinn, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.
Born in Jamaica, N.Y., he was the son of Cornelius and Marie Beuchert Quinn. Neil resided at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford for two years. He lived in Floral Park, N.Y., most of his life. He enlisted in the US Navy upon graduation from high school in 1944. He was trained as a radio man, was assigned to the USS Hanover and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After the war, Neil graduated from New York University and thereafter served as vice president of several advertising agencies before accepting a position at J.C. Penney as creative director of advertising, from which he retired in 1986.
After retiring, Neil assisted Mary in her antiques business (Mary Carden Quinn Antiques). They exhibited early American primitive country antiques at shows in Pennsylvania, New York and New England for the past 30 years. While living in Floral Park, Neil was active in community affairs and served as president of the local Little League. He also had a passion for Dixieland jazz that led to his promotion of several jazz concerts.
He is survived by his wife and two sons, Brian A. Quinn, and his wife Sandy River, of Lubbock, Texas, and Paul C. Quinn, and his wife Laurie Yarzab, of Landenberg, Penn.
Services will be conducted at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins Jr Funeral Home, Inc, Oxford. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com .
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