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Rhode Island MSBL Veteran Jay Patrick Quinn Passes Away on Christmas Day

Provided by Noah Clark and Kevin Curt, Rhode Island MSBL:

"On Christmas Day, the Rhode Island MSBL lost Jay Quinn. Both off and on the field, Jay was a true gentleman, and friend to all who knew him. He was, unquestionably, one of the most skilled players to ever suit up in the RIMSBL. His induction into the RIMSBL Hall Of Fame in 2014 cemented his playing legacy. His inspirational fight against cancer over the last three years galvanized the RIMSBL. To the members of RIMSBL and to all who knew Jay, we offer our deepest sympathies and condolences.”

Obituary Published by The Valley Breeze, Lincoln, Rhode Island- Jay Patrick Quinn, 54, of Berkley, Mass., passed away peacefully at home with his family on Monday, December 25, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Cynthia M. (Hults) Quinn, and his children Wren and Donovan Quinn.

Born in Fall River, Mass., he was the son of the late Edward (Ted) Quinn and Florence M. (Heon) Orton. He grew up in Westport, Mass., where his lifelong love of baseball began.

Jay graduated from Bishop Connolly High School in 1981 and attended Southeastern Massachusetts University, studying computer science. While at SMU (now University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), he put to good use his vast and eclectic knowledge of music at the University’s radio station (WUSM/WSMU), first as a DJ and later as music director for the station.

Jay was an employee at L. Knife & Son, A Sheehan Family Company of Kingston, Mass., where he was a corporate inventory manager. Prior to that, he was employed at Burke Distributing Corporation of Randolph, Mass., and J.J. Taylor of North Dartmouth, Mass.

Jay’s love of baseball continued from the high school Cougars, to the Sunset League of Newport and into the Rhode Island Men’s Senior Baseball League, the RIMA League, and the Boston Amateur Baseball League. In 2016, he was named to the RIMSBL Hall of Fame. His fellow players were instrumental in fulfilling his lifelong dream of attending the Boston Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Fort Myers, Fla., where he met many great Red Sox legends. Jay shared his passion for the game as a youth baseball and softball coach for the Berkley Athletic Association from 2004 to 2010.

He is also survived by his stepfather, Richard Orton Sr., of Westport, Mass., a stepmother, Patricia Quinn, of Assonet, Mass., his brother, James Quinn, of Lakeville, Mass., deputy publisher of The Valley Breeze; step-siblings Richard Orton Jr. of Somerset, Mass., Sue (Orton) Platt of Boston, Pam (Goodrum) Turick of Westport, Marcia Goodrum of Warren, R.I., George Goodrum of Assonet, Mass., and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was the godfather of Kiah (Westgate) Rauseo of Mukilteo, Wash.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Early Drug Development Center, where Jay received exceptional treatment for NUT midline carcinoma. DFCI, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA, 02215.

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