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The death of Mr. John Quinn took place on Monday, at his residence ‘Lisderg,’ Queen Street, Warrenpoint.
Perhaps the best known Newry man of this age, his passing is deeply deplored for his greatness of nature, he was known to everyone, loved by everyone and respected universally even by those with whom his conviction differed.
A native of Mourne his life span covers his rise from mountain cottage to merchant Prince: a life fraught at first with hardship and difficulty: a life of many crosses but at all times, a life of honour and honesty.
Born in the heart of kindly Mourne, John Quinn as a young man set out to make his way in the world. In Liverpool his destiny was moulded and there having learned the grocery and provision business in the stores of Messrs. John Hughes Limited of that city, he returned to Newry in 1910 and opened his now famous ‘Milestone’ store. In the course of time he prospered and soon the ‘Milestone’ branches were to follow at Dungannon, Kilkeel, Lurgan, Newcastle, Portadown, Warrenpoint and Carlingford.
Possessed of remarkable business acumen, he brought to his concerns unrivalled ability which matched his splendid personality, and honour took him to a position in life where men and business associates of all creeds valued his advice and treasured his friendship. And with all the promotion of the interests of his own business he found time to take an active part in the religious, social and public life of the town and district of his adoption. He was a man of stirling Catholic faith and in his early days on Merseyside joined the Third Order of St. Francis, later renewing his membership of that body when the Newry congregation was erected. He became in time President.
In Liverpool too, he was a member of the Irish National Forresters and in coming to Newry joined as an ordinary member the local John Mitchell Branch, the members of which presented him some years ago with an illuminated address to mark his services to the Order.
His great charitable nature drew him to the folds of the st. Vincent de Paul Society, the members of which in time honoured his services by electing him President of the Newry Conference and in his retirement from active life those same attributes of helping the needy were given full vent behind the cloak of anonymity.
In the work of St. Mary’s Cemetery Committee he took a deep and lively interest and due in no small measure to his initiative and drive, many improvements have been carried out to the cemetery where his remains now lie at rest.
In other fields too, his wisdom and judgement were much sought after and anybody to which he gave his allegiance benefited by his great qualities.
He was prominently identified with the establishment of Council C.K. 10 of the Knights of Columbanus in Newry about 1918, and was in the course of his membership of the Order elected Deputy Supreme Knight of Ireland. Charity again influenced his dealings with that Order and he was greatly instrumental in the establishment of the Widows and Orphans Fund.
In politics he was a staunch Nationalist, President of the John Mitchell Memorial Committee, an enthusiastic supporter and subscriber to the new G.A.A. ground at the Warrenpoint Road; a trustee of the Irish Anti-Partition League and Treasurer of the Green Cross Fund.
In public life he loved to work in the interests of Newry and its people and was for a time the town’s representative on Down County Council.
As Chairman of the Port and Harbour Trust, he strove even to the detriment of his health for the betterment of the Waterway, and for many years a member of Carlingford Lough Commission.
For many years, he was a member of the Newry General Hospital Committee, in the days prior to the inauguration of the N.I. Hospitals Authority.
Service was his motto. Service to God in matters religious and service to his fellow man wherever or whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Those who knew him intimately recognised him as a wonderful man, a man with time for his business, time for his family, time for his friends, time always to do good and time to snatch a few hours relaxation on the greens at Warrenpoint and Greenore.
His death was mourned universally and a great public tribute was paid to his memory at his funeral obsequies yesterday.
On Tuesday evening there was a vast throng present for the removal of his remains from his home to St. Peter’s Church, Warrenpoint.
Very Rev. M.P. Cleary, O.P., Prior of St. Catherine’s, recited the Rosary prior to the removal of his remains.
Yesterday morning His Lordship, Most Re. Dr. O’Doherty, Bishop of Dromore, assisted by Very Rev. J.H. Boyd, Adm., Newry, presided at the Requiem Mass there, celebrated by the Right Rev. Dean Fitzpatrick, Adm., Warrenpoint.
Dignitaries of Church and State were present at the Mass and the funeral cortege en route to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Newry, where his Lordship officiated, was one of the largest ever seen in the district.
Members of the Holy Name Sodality of which deceased was Hon. President – acted as a guard of honour and at the outskirts of Newry the cortege was joined by throng of local people.
Right Rev. Dean Fitzpatrick in the course of his panegyric said: - “On behalf of the President of Ireland who representative is present, His Lordship the bishop, and on your behalf I offer his family and relatives your united and sincere sympathy. Death has brought to a close a long and useful life. A life of varied activities and very successful precedents. Deceased was widely known not only in his native Province but all through Ireland and beyond it. He was a man of high principles which he brought to bear in the actions of his daily life and in dealings with others. And although preoccupied with business interests that claimed his daily attendance he always found time and opportunity to take part in public affairs and give the benefit of his judgement and wide experience. He was a man of very sincere and decided opinions and convictions, convictions he never failed to express fearlessly when the occasion demanded. His deep and enlightened faith was adequately manifest in the daily routine of his religious practices and his long fidelity was such that neither pressure of business nor times of trouble, nor other causes were allowed to interfere. In a word john Quinn was a true Christian, a capable businessman, a genuine patriot. Gifted as he was with a sound constitution he retained unimpaired to a wonderful extent the energy and vigour of youth of mind and body to the end. To his children he has left an example of a well spent life. To all who knew him, he has left a model of life which might be imitated.
His Excellency, The President of Ireland, Mr. Sean T. O’Kelly, was personally represented by Mr. D. O’Donovan, his personal secretary.
Mr. Eamon De Valera and Mr. Frank Aitken were in attendance, and His Lordship the Bishop of Clogher, Most Rev. Dr. E. O’Callaghan, was represented.
The attendance included:-
Mr. Joseph Connellan, M.P., South Down;
Mr. Joseph Stewart, M.P., Tyrone;
Mr. Charles McGleenan, M.P., South Armagh;
Rev. Bro. Edna, Superior, Mount St. Columb’s, Warrenpoint;
Rev. Bro. Joseph, do.
Rev. Bro. Stephen, De La Salle, Milltown, Belfast.
The chief mourners were:-
Dr. Patrick J. Quinn, (Newry), Eamon, Malachy, Kevin, (Dublin), and Brian Quinn, (New York) sons;
Mrs. G. Nash, (Dublin), and Misses Joan and Una Quinn (Warrenpoint), daughters;
Miss Mary Quinn, (Tullyframe, Atticall), (sister);
Phelim, Niall, (Newry), Fergal, Lochlinn, Conor, and Rory Quinn, (Dublin), grandsons;
Mrs. P. McCabe, (Portadown), Miss M. Quinn, (Dublin), granddaughters;
Mrs. Eamon Quinn, Mrs. Kevin Quinn, daughters-in-law;
Roy Quinn, Liverpool;
John Quinn, (Atticall), P. and S. Starkey, (Dublin), S. and C. Croskery, nephews;
Miss B. Quinn, (Tullyframe), Miss E, Starkey, (Dun Laoghaire), Misses M. And E. Croskery, (Saul), nieces;
Edward Fitzimmons, (Saul), brother-in-law;
Mrs, Starkey, Mrs. Croskery, Misses J. and M. Fitzimmons, (sisters-in-laws).
Wreaths were from:-
His loving family;
Members of Newry Port and Harbour Trust;
Mr. and Mrs. T. Barry, (Malahide);
Molly, Lillian and Gerard;
The Hodgett family;
Sydney and Betty Glenny;
Mr. and Mrs. T. Hunter Seith;
Office Staff John Quinn Ltd.
Red Island Holiday Camp.


The Chairman of Newry Urban Council, Mr. Michael J. Keogh, at Monday’s meeting, referring to Mr. Quinn’s death described him as “not only one of the oldest residents of the town and district, but one with a claim to the title of the oldest public representative in Ireland still on active duty in his 90th year.”
Mr. Quinn, he went on, was one of the few men who gave much time and energy to the promotion of the town, particularly in regard to the Port and Harbour Trust of which he had been Chairman for many years and the Urban Council’s representative on the board. He took a deep interest, said Mr. Keogh, in the Council and was ever mindful in the business of the Trust that it was dependent to a great extent on the Urban Council and the town of Newry.
He moved that the sympathy of the council be conveyed to his family.
Mr. Joe Connellan associating himself with the vote said the late Mr. Quinn was really more of an institution than a man and as such had achieved a position of permanency in the life of the community. He has not passed away without having left many good works to his memory. He was a man who did his work honestly and well towards the community; a man of strong conviction, but one who was always willing to work in harmony with any one able and willing to advance the interests of the town of Newry. Finally, he described him as “one of nature’s noblest works- an honest man.”

Messrs. E. And A. Byrne, Funeral Undertakers, Newry, had charge of the arrangements.


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