George Richard Quinn, 78, of Newtown passed away peacefully Dec. 5, 2018 at Bridgeport Hospital after brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kathleen (McIlrath) Quinn.
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George was born in Yonkers, NY, Sept. 14, 1940 the son of the late George D. Quinn and Grace Badolati Quinn. In addition to his wife he is survived by and will be truly missed by his son Eric R. Quinn of Newtown, his sister Carole Quinn of New Canaan, brother-in-law Brian McIlrath and his wife Mary, brother-in-law Thomas McIlrath of Danbury and brother-in-law William McIlrath and his wife Lyn of Bethel.
George attended schools in New York City and graduated from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Immediately after graduating he entered the Air Force as a First Lieutenant in 1964 and was discharged with honors as a Captain in 1969, after serving in the U.S. and Libya.
George then began a career in the field of non-destructive testing as an instructor that lasted almost 50 years. Starting with Krautkramer Branson, then as a partner with Hellier Associates and ending with Sperry Rail Service, George became one of the best known instructors of Ultrasonic and Eddy Current Testing in the country, having taught thousands of individuals in different fields. He was certified Level III in both ultrasonic and eddy current testing with the American Society of Non-destructive Testing and would still be teaching today if he could. He truly loved what he did and the people he worked with.
Calling hours will be Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St. Newtown from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday December 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Rd. Newtown. Interment with military honors will follow at Newtown Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Assoc., Inc. P.O. Box 344, Newtown, CT 06470