Quin­lan dies at 88

Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion owes busi­ness­man large debt of grat­i­tude, says Old Per­li­can mayor

The Compass - - Front page - BY DAVID MA­HER David.ma­her@thetele­gram.com Twit­ter: DavidMa­herNL

Pat Quin­lan, who co-founded Quin­lan Broth­ers with his sib­ling Mau­rice in the 1950s, died Dec. 15 at the age of 88.

Trib­utes to the late Pat Quin­lan poured in after news of his death broke on Fri­day, Dec. 15. Quin­lan was 88 years old. He co-founded Quin­lan Broth­ers, one of the largest fish pro­ces­sors in the prov­ince, in 1954 with brother Mau­rice Quin­lan, who passed away in 1973.

Old Per­li­can Mayor Har­vey But­ton says the en­tire Trin­i­tyCon­cep­tion area owes a debt of grat­i­tude to Pat Quin­lan.

“This whole area is where it is to­day be­cause of Pat Quin­lan and Quin­lan Broth­ers. When ev­ery­thing else on the is­land, after the mora­to­rium, was re­ally go­ing into a slide this whole area was boom­ing and has been ever since,” said But­ton.

“That’s all due to the Quin­lan Broth­ers and what they did here.”

Fish­eries Min­is­ter Gerry Byrne says Quin­lan was a model New­found­lan­der the en­tire prov­ince will miss.

“Pat Quin­lan’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life is an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans time­tested abil­ity to per­se­vere, and pros­per in the face of all ob­sta­cles and chal­lenges,” said Byrne.

“While we mourn his pass­ing, and ex­press con­do­lences, so too should we rec­og­nize Mr. Quin­lan’s out­stand­ing ex­am­ple and high stan­dard of ac­com­plish­ment that he has left be­hind, and his con­tri­bu­tion to the fish­ing in­dus­try in New­found­land and Labrador.”

Premier Dwight Ball ex­tended his con­do­lences to the Quin­lan fam­ily, say­ing that Quin­lan’s “pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to the fish­ery was ad­mired by many.”

Quin­lan Broth­ers has been one of the pri­mary em­ploy­ers in the Old Per­li­can and Bay de Verde ar­eas since the first plant was built.

The Bay de Verde plant em­ployed 700 peo­ple be­fore it burned to the ground in April 2016.

The com­pany re­built the plant in the area, con­tract­ing Marco group to build the new, al­most 7,000 square foot fa­cil­ity.

“If he told you some­thing, he done it. He was a man you could de­pend on. He was the driv­ing force in all of this,” said But­ton.

“His ef­fect on every­body is felt over the whole area.”

A funeral for Quin­lan was held Mon­day, Dec. 17 in Bay de Verde at As­sump­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary Church.

“This whole area is where it is to­day be­cause of Pat Quin­lan and Quin­lan broth­ers.”

Old Per­li­can Mayor Har­vey But­ton

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Then Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity MP Judy Foote (from left), fed­eral Fish­eries Min­is­ter Dom­inc LeBlanc and Quin­lan Broth­ers pres­i­dent and co-founder Pat Quin­lan are shown in a file photo taken in 2016. Quin­lan died ear­lier this month. He was 88.

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