Mary Joan Quinlan

MacCoubrey Funeral Home
30 King St. E.,, Cobourg
Saturday, February 27th 10:30 am

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Michael's Catholic Church
379 Division St.,, Cobourg
Saturday, February 27th 1:30 pm

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Mary Joan Quinlan

May 21, 1943 - February 17, 2021

It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Mary Joan Quinlan on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg. Mary will be greatly missed by her many friends and her family including her daughter Jane Martin (Dan); grandchildren Ryan (Colleen) and Sarah Ricciotti (Michael); great grandchildren Leah, Blake, Kane and Zack; siblings Donna Marchildon, Jane Deschamps and John Deschamps; step children Ted Quinlan (Sandy), Tim Quinlan (Helen) and Tanya Boismier (Chris); step grandchildren Ryan and Brendan, Alana and Erika; nieces and nephews Joel Marchildon (Michelle), Rejean Marchildon, and Vanessa Elder (Stuart) and great nieces and nephews Simon, Thomas and Carly. Mary was predeceased by her husband John (Jack) Quinlan, parents Jack and Velma Deschamps and brother Paul Deschamps.
Born on May 21, 1943 in Midland Ontario, Mary moved to Toronto as a young adult before moving to Quebec where she lived in Hudson and Kirkland. During these years she worked for Air Canada both in Toronto & Montreal before retiring in 1990. Upon retirement, Mary moved with her husband, Jack, to Alexandria and finally to Cobourg where she lived for close to 20 years. Mary was involved with the community, volunteering with St. Michael Church in Cobourg as well as the Knights of Columbus ladies auxiliary. She also enjoyed bowling and golfing, as well as travelling with her husband, family and friends in her retirement years.
Special thanks to the staff at the Northumberland Hills palliative care unit who took great care of her.
A visitation will be held for Mary on Saturday February 27th at MacCoubrey Funeral Home in Cobourg between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm followed by a funeral mass at 1:30 pm at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cobourg. Please arrive at the church for 1:15 if you wish to be present for a family eulogy. Attendance for this will be limited. Please visit to register for either the visitation, mass or both. The funeral mass and burial to follow will be streamed online for those unable to attend. Streaming links will be added when available. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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Rod & Elaine (Ireland) Taylor - March 26, 2021

Dear Donna, Jane, John, Jane and your Families and Friends - We are so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We know you will be missing her so much even as you remember all the loving ways and times she blessed your lives. Despite my fond childhood memories of Cedar point, our paths only reconnected in recent years; life is just too short. May the circle be unbroken.

Huguette Keeler - March 3, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Canadian Cancer Society

Stanley Maggs - March 2, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

St. Michael's Church

Marion and Alan Morton - March 2, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Salvation Army Cobourg

Chris Mason - March 2, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Canadian Cancer Society

Chris Mason - March 2, 2021

When one is taken, Love saves their place. My condolences to the family.

Colette & Fred Stegmayer - March 2, 2021

We were so very sad to just hear that Mary had passed away recently! Such a wonderful caring lady. Heartfelt thoughts go out to you all in this time of sorrow. May she Rest in God's Peace✝. Colette & Fred Stegmayer

Margaret Publicover - February 27, 2021

Rest in peace my dear friend. I wish I could have visited and been there to help you in the last couple of years. You are forever in my heart. Love, Margaret

Teresa E. Rocha - February 27, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Canadian Cancer Society

Jane and Gary Kiyonaga - February 27, 2021

To Mary’s Family and Friends, Sending you our sympathies and wishing we could be there with you today. Joan and Bill Quinlan, my parents, spent many enjoyable times with Mary and Jack in Cobourg, with the Quinlan siblings in Florida, at the cottage and trips together. We can all imagine the stories and laughter that Mary was a special part of during those gatherings. She is well remembered! Jane ( Quinlan) and Gary Kiyonaga

Vince McGowan - February 26, 2021

I'm very sorrow to hear of Mary's passing, she will be missed by all who knew her. She was such a great woman with a very big heart. May she rest in peace in a better place.

Larry & Theresa Keogh - February 26, 2021

Donna & Family : We were saddened to hear of Mary's death. We reflect on the times that we were in the company of Mary and Jack. Both were very congenial people who loved life and travelling. Mary's outward and positive personality will a,ways be remembered. Her laughter indicated her outlook on life. May she rest in peace. Love, Larry & Theresa

Joan & Jack Israll - February 26, 2021

Dear Donna & Family..... Sharing in your sadness as we remember Mary, a lifelong friend and confidant. Mary will be missed by us all but loving memories we will cherish. May she now RIP with Jack, the love of her life. Our heartfelt condolences to you all. xoxo

Estelle Morrill - February 26, 2021

To all Mary’s family I was deeply saddened to hear of Narys passing. Having to say goodbye to our family members is so very difficult and I feel for all of you. I knew Mary through our church and ladies auxiliary for only a short time that I have lived here. I found Nary to be very attentive when someone spoke and she had a great laugh. She was very caring in looking after her friends who needed her before she became so ill. She suffered but tried so hard. I will hold her in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and love in these sad days. Estelle

Ted Quinlan and Sandra Brennan - February 26, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Canadian Cancer Society

Doug et Donna Waugh Montreal - February 26, 2021

Our dear friend Mary is finally at peace with our buddy Jack and our loving maker. They both are 2 of the best and it was so nice to see their relationship grow from the very start to a happy and loving marriage. One thing Mary and Jack were always fun and enjoyable to be with and to witness their Kindness and strong love of our God !

Barb Cooper - February 25, 2021

Those who touch our lives stay in our hearts forever.

Evans Cameron - February 25, 2021

We were so sorry to here of Mary’s passing. Mary and Jack were great friends of ours enjoying many holidays to-gather. May she Rest In Peace.

Patti Quinlan - February 23, 2021

My condolences to Mary’s family and friends. Mary was spirited and kind hearted. She was always genuinely interested in others. Mary will be missed by many. May she now Rest In Peace.

Sheila Blainey - February 23, 2021

I will remember many times spent with Mary including playing golf, making sandwiches with the women's auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, having a few drinks at the Cat & Fiddle with Jack & Jim. But also getting the giggles sitting together at Mass! The only person to ever get a speeding ticket going through Tim Hortons drive through!! So much fun. I will surely miss you Mary. I know your family and legions of friends will have many like memories to sustain them. RIP my funny, smart, beautiful friend. Bet you & Jack have teed off a few timed already! XOXO

Virginia Ritchie - February 23, 2021

My sincere condolences to Mary's family and many friends. I met Mary when I joined her bowling team, there was much laughter during the games but more so when we all went for coffee after. Mary was a kind, giving spirit, funny and definitely feisty. She will be missed.

Air Canada Pionairs - February 22, 2021

The Air Canada Pionairs would like to offer Mary's family our deepest and sincere condolences. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.

Henrietta mills - February 22, 2021

so sorry we so enjoyed bowling with Mary every week she was a lovely enjoyable person

Judith (Parker) and John Moore - February 22, 2021

Our sincerest condolences to Mary's family. I have known and kept in touch with Mary for over 50 years both socially and while working with her at Air Canada. John and I will miss her but know that she is now at peace with Jack. You are in our thoughts.

Jim & Pat Brady - February 21, 2021

Dear Family of Mary. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Mary and offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all of you. Mary will be sadly missed by all her friends. Rest in peace Mary.

Zoltan Zavorsky - February 21, 2021

I'm saddened by Joan's passing. It is so unfortunate that she could not survived the Covid crisis to enjoy the closeness of family and friends. My condolences to the family. Zoltan

Gladys Delong - February 20, 2021

Dear family of Mary. Mary was a dear and kind friend. I will always have wonderful memories of fun times we shared. Much love and sympathy. The Maggs. DeLong, and Lawson families

Mrs. Gladys DeLong - February 20, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

St.Michaels Cobourg

John Deschamps (brother) and Sandy - February 20, 2021

I always admired my older sister Mary for many things such as her love for her family, her strong work ethic, her sense of adventure traveling the world and her energetic helpful spirit and her great sense of humour. I'll miss her. Mary's strength of character carried her throughout her life. Now on her final journey she'll be peacefully reconnected with her family who predeceased her. By Sandy Crane

Juliette Belanger - February 20, 2021

Dear Mary, we will always miss you, rest in peace my friend.

Debbie - February 20, 2021

I send my deepest sympathy to Family of Mary

Barbara McCracken - February 20, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We enjoyed her when she did come to the Northumberland Pionair Luncheon's here in Cobourg.

Dorothy Ruttan - February 20, 2021

Mary, you will be greatly missed by all your friends of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, in Cobourg. Be at Peace in the Father's arms.

Sister Kathryn Cameron CSC - February 20, 2021

How sad for us to hear of Mary’s entry into her Heavenly Kingdom! She and Jack were special people in our family in Alexandria. But we know that she is now at rest! Blessings to each of you as you bid ‘au revoir’ to this precious lady! Our prayer is with you!

Mae Leguard - February 20, 2021

Dear family of Mary was so sorry to hear of Mary’s s passing My thoughts and prayers are with you all Words cannot take away your loss but perhaps give you some comfort My prayers Mae

France, Luca, Marco - February 20, 2021

Donna, We would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences.

Debra McCartney - February 20, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cobourg

Bernadette (Robitaille) & Donald Smith - February 20, 2021

Sorry to hear of Mary's passing this past week, enjoyed her as one of our neighbors for a few years and as well a member of the K of C auxiliary league, and a long ago acquaintance from Midland area. Condolences to all of her family.

Chuck & Margaret-Anne Topshee - February 19, 2021

Donna, our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved sister.

joelle plante - February 19, 2021

Chère Donna, j'aimerais t'offrir mes plus sincères condolences pour le décès de ta sœur ainsi qu'à tes enfants et le reste de ta famille. Tu es dans mes prières. Xx

Exilda Laurin - February 19, 2021

Chère Donna, Mes sincères condoléances à toi et toute la famille. Exilda Laurin

Duane & Rick Hoffman - February 19, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

St. Michael's Church