Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Francis Quirk Obituaries

A thoughtful friend of Francis Quirk came across our blog and graciously provided two obituaries. They do provide some interesting new information. 

First, he died in Portland, Maine. We knew he planned to retire there to paint after retiring from Lehigh. We do not know where he lived in the area yet. He was buried in Laurel Hill Cemetary in Saco, so that may have been his hometown. His wife has been linked to their Arts Education program.

Second, we learned that one of his artworks found its way to the Zurich Embassy. So that gives us another thread to run down in seeking his work. 
Francis J. Quirk Artist Obituary
Obituary of Francis J. Quirk from the Allentown Call
Listed Artist Francis J. Quirk   Obituary
Globe (?) Obituary for Francis J. Quirk

Finally, he had a son and daughter-in law who lived in Portland. Sadly, his son who attended Colby College died in 1997.  Here is the bio for James from the Colby Alumni Magazine.

James R.F. Quirk '65, Feb. 23, 1997, in Alexandria, La., at 50. A professor of computer science at Louisiana State University-Alexandria, he was rated by the National Chess Federation and played postal chess with opponents from around the world. Survivors include his daughter, Marie Quirk, and a sister. 

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