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William E. Quirk Jr.

September 26, 1947 ~ February 23, 2018 (age 70)

Mr. William E. Quirk Jr., 70, of Upton MA died peacefully Friday (February 23, 2018), with his wife by his side, at Beaumont Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Westborough MA after a courageous battle with a debilitating illness. He was the beloved husband of Rosemary (McNamara) Quirk and father of Patrick and Michael Quirk.


Mr. Quirk was born in Milford MA, the son of the late William E. Quirk Sr. and the son of Elinor (Black) Quirk of Milford MA. He attended Milford public schools and was a graduate of the former St. Mary’s Central Catholic High School, Class of 1965. He was also a graduate of Stonehill College, Class of 1969, where he received his bachelor’s in science degree in accounting.


Mr. Quirk began his longtime career working as a certified public accountant in 1969, first working for Lybrand Ross Bros. & Montgomery. He became a partner of Coopers & Lybrand in 1979 and retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2008 after 39 years in public accounting.


Mr. Quirk had been a resident of Upton MA since 1972 and was heavily involved in community affairs. He also was a resident of Barnstable MA. He was a soccer coach for the Mendon-Upton Youth Soccer Program for more than a decade and was instrumental in incorporating the Mendon-Upton Youth Soccer program. He was also a loyal philanthropic supporter of the Upton Fire Department, consistently donating, which included hosting 9/11 fire department survivors at Fenway Park.


Mr. Quirk was a communicant of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Upton. He was also a member of The Club at Yarmouthport, where he pursued his passion for golf, winning the Club Championship prior to his illness. He also ran the Thursday Men’s League at the golf club. Mr. Quirk was also a board member at Unibank.


A voracious reader, Mr. Quirk was known to read over 100 books a year. He was passionate about hunting, making annual trips to New York with his best friends, and following the Boston Red Sox and the NE Patriots. He had many interests, but most of all, loved spending time with his family, especially his boys and being a grandfather.


Along with his beloved wife of 47 years, he is survived by his two Sons: Patrick W. Quirk and his wife Lauren of Washington DC and Michael W. Quirk and his wife Erica of Boston MA; his Granddaughter: Sidney Alessandra Quirk of Washington DC; his mother, Elinor, of Milford MA; his brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law: David & Catherine Hirsch of Groton MA, Edward & Lynne McNamara of VA and Ray & Maureen Ledoux of Bridgewater MA; also many nieces & nephews and his cousin who lived with him for eleven years, Debbie Capalbo and her husband Francis of Shrewsbury MA.


His funeral will be held Wednesday (February 28th) at 9am from the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon Street, Upton MA. Burial will follow in Lake View Cemetery in Upton MA. Visiting hours will be Tuesday (February 27th) from 5pm to 8pm.                                     


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Fire Department, 20 Church Street, Upton MA 01568 or to the Upton Police Department, 30 School Street, Upton MA 01568.

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