The terms loving father and devoted husband fall short of describing Richard Lawrence Quinn, who passed into the arms of his Savior on May 4, 2018. Born to Mary and Francis Quinn in El Paso, TX on July 16, 1949, Richard was a longtime resident of Houston, where he loved learning and sharing the city’s history. Richard attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and earned a degree in accounting from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX. He worked for Brown & Root then opened Continental Personnel Services before retiring from WorleyParsons in 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Eileen Guinan, and three brothers-in-law, Joe Kocurek, Mike Marlow, and Bill Berry. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, who will always remember his handsome face, and his daughters, Carolyn Robistow (Michael) and Lisa Glaser (Matthew), who remain convinced that he was the mastermind behind the coconuts that mysteriously arrived each Thanksgiving morning.
He is also survived by one granddaughter, Carmela Glaser, sisters Maureen Trott (Alan), Kathleen Guenther (Fritz), Sheila Berry, and brothers F. Joseph Quinn (Kathie) and William Quinn (Anne), as well as 2 brothers-in-law, 2 sisters-in-law, and 36 nieces and nephews.
Everyone who met Richard remembers his unfailing smile and willingness to lend a helping hand. He will be remembered as a stickler for hygiene who used to stand in front of the digital VCR clock with Carolyn and Lisa to time the two minutes needed for a sufficient tooth brushing, a problem-solver who helped Carolyn break into her college house when the moving truck was there but not the key, a lover of Houston who enjoyed taking visitors to flush Buffalo Bayou, a disciplined budgeter who instilled this habit in both his daughters, a supporter who traveled far and wide to cheer on his family at events, a man who could find humor in any situation, and a firm believer in the values of etiquette, respect, and a classic suit and tie.
Richard’s life will be celebrated at a funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at ten o'clock in the morning on Thursday, May 24, 2018. In lieu of flowers, you may send memorial donations to Strake Jesuit Preparatory School, 8900 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77036, or to the charity of your choice.