Thomas Quinn

OBITUARY from The Plain Dealer, 12-3-04, By Wally Guenther, Plain Dealer Reporter

``Thomas Quinn, Avon Lake police chief

AVON -- Thomas Quinn, 66, a retired Avon Lake police chief who established the first K-9 unit in the city, died Sunday in his Avon home. He had cancer.

Quinn joined the police force in 1963, after working several years with the B.F. Goodrich Co. in Avon Lake. He rose through the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant before he was named police chief in 1978 at age 39.

fter retiring in 1987, he devoted much of his time to his hobby of restoring antique cars. He was considered an authority on early Camaros.

Quinn and his wife, Janice, traveled to many antique auto shows and throughout the Midwest, the East and southern states. He was known as "Avon Tom" among his fellow auto antique restorers.

He once served as president of the Lorain County Chiefs Association.

Quinn was born in Cleveland. His family moved to Olmsted Falls and then Avon Lake, where he graduated from high school. He was a member of the high school's basketball and football teams.

He was inducted into Avon Lake Sports Hall of Fame.

Quinn served in the Air Force in the late 1950s, primarily in intelligence operations in Germany.

He was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Avon, the Catholic Big Brothers, the Western Cuyahoga County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 25 and the Irish Heritage Club in Avon Lake.

Quinn was an avid golfer and bowler.

Surviving with his wife of 44 years are daughters, Connie Glover of Vermilion and Christine Bartholomew of Stroudsburg, Pa.; a son, Tomas of Andover; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a brother.

Services are at 11 a.m. today [12-3-04] at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake.

Contributions may be made to:

The Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland 44119.

The Ireland Cancer Center, c/o Dept. of Development, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 1110 Euclid Ave., 44106-9971.

Our Lady of Wayside, 38135 Colorado Ave., Avon 44011.''

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: wguenther@plaind.com

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OBITUARY from The Morning Journal, 12-2-04

``AVON -- Thomas A. Quinn, 66, a former Avon Lake police chief, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at his home in Avon, following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 13, 1938 in Cleveland and moved to Avon Lake from Olmsted Falls in 1950 and to Avon in 1972.

Quinn was a 1956 graduate of Avon Lake High School, where he was on the football and basketball teams and was later inducted into the Avon Lake Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the school's first 11-man football team.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960, stationed in Germany in intelligence operations with the 7000th Support WG, and served in the Air Force Reserve from 1960 until 1962.

Quinn worked for two years at BFGoodrich, Avon Lake, before joining the Avon Lake Police Department in 1963.

He was promoted to sergeant in 1967, lieutenant in 1971, and became chief in 1978 at the age of 39. He also served as president of Lorain County Chiefs Association. He retired in 1987.

In retirement he enjoyed restoring antique cars and was considered an authority on early Camaros. He attended antique auto shows and swap meets and was known as ''Avon Tom.''

He was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Avon, Catholic Big Brothers, Western Cuyahoga County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25, Irish Heritage Club of Avon Lake, St. Mary's golf league and the Holy Name Society bowling league. He also enjoyed travel and camping and was a Cleveland sports fan.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Janice (nee Long); daughters Connie Glover of Vermilion and Christine Bartholomew of Stroudsburg, Pa.; son, Thomas Quinn of Andover; brother, Patrick Quinn of Canton, Mich.; and eight grandchildren, one great-grandson and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Mae (nee Musil) Quinn; sister, Kathleen Adams; and a brother, Dennis, in infancy.

Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon-Belden Road, Avon Lake, where services will be Friday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Bill Shomo, chaplain at Hospice of the Western Reserve, will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmhurst Park Cemetery, Avon, with police honors ...

To send online condolence, go to www.buschfuneral.com ''

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OBITUARY from The Chronicle Telegram, 12-2-04

``Thomas A. Quinn, 66, of Avon, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at his home following a short illness. Born in Cleveland he moved to Avon Lake from Olmsted Falls in 1950 and to Avon in 1972. He was a graduate of Avon Lake High School where he was on the football and basketball teams. He was later inducted into the Avon Lake Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the school's first 11-man football team.

Mr. Quinn served in the Air Force and the Air Force Reserve, stationed primarily in Germany in intelligence Operations with the 7000th Support WG. He worked for two years at B.F. Goodrich in Avon Lake before joining the Avon Lake Police Department in 1963.

Promoted several times throughout his career, he became Chief of the department in 1978 at the age of 39. Under his tenure, the city established a K-9 unit in 1979. He served as president of Lorain County Chiefs Association, and retired in 1987.

In his retirement he enjoyed restoring antique cars, and was considered an authority on early Camaros. Affectionately known as "AvonTom," he went to many antique auto shows and swap meets.

Mr. Quinn was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Avon; Catholic Big Brothers; Western Cuyahoga County F.O.P. Lodge No. 25; and the Irish Heritage Club, Avon Lake. He was also a member of St. Mary's Golf League and the Holy Name Society Bowling League. He enjoyed traveling and camping, and was a Cleveland sports fan ...''

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