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Sheilagh M. (McCarthy) Quinn

March 1, 1930 ~ May 30, 2021 (age 91)

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Died May 30 2021 aged 91 Born in England March 1 1930. Raised and educated in Bournemouth. Travelled to the USA, post WW2 at 17, attended Chestnut Hill College for a year and then worked locally for several years. She met Harry P Quinn, a Philadelphia native, and after he completed military service, they married in Bournemouth in March 1952. They were married for 52 years before his death in 2004.

Survived by 5 children: Jennifer (Charles Osborne dec) Christopher (Joanne) Siobhan (Jeffrey Schone) Hilary (Carl Giesy) Gillian Ricchetti (Ron dec) and 11 Grandchildren. Sheilagh was a feisty, determined, bright and active woman. She raised her 5 children in Mt Airy and Southampton while supporting her husband Harry in his educational and professional efforts. She was a long term Girl Scout leader in the Holy Cross parish. In her late 30s she returned to college at Temple U. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and worked as a real estate agent and paralegal after the family moved to Bucks County when Harry took a position as Superintendent in the Centennial School District. Sheilagh was active in AAUW, volunteered at the Southampton Library, was a member of book clubs and later a Landmarks group. She moved to Montco County and later The Hill at Whitemarsh where she was a volunteer at the nearby Morris Arboretum and an active participant at her Hill retirement community.

Sheilagh never lost her keen interest in reading and learning. She was an avid gardener, student, and a feminist and vegetarian long before it was fashionable. She travelled extensively with Harry throughout the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date. To honor Sheilagh’s memory we suggest you read a book, plant a garden, support women's rights, play and win a game of Scrabble, have a heated debate and travel the world.

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