Mr Edmund (Ted) Quinn died peacefully in his sleep on 10th September 2010, aged 85. Peter Deasley very kindly represented the Soham Grammarians at his funeral in Coventry on 7th October.
He had been a regular attender with Rex Waller and Leon Kitchen at reunions. Like Rex he had been a wartime Navigator in the RAF, in his case in Bomber Command. He eventually became a Squadron Leader afer the war in connection with CCF work.
He was a keen sportsman, his main sport being Hockey he was captain of St Bede College and played for Durham University, picking up a knee injury. When at SGS he played football for Fordham, in the Cambridgeshire League and whilst at SGS had to have a cartilage operation.
In 1956, having made his mark not only as a teacher but also with athletics, National Savings and school dramatic productions, he left to take charge of the science side at Patchway Bilateral Secondary School near Bristol. He was later at the Judd School, Tonbridge, Durham School and Stoke Park, a girl's school in Coventry.
He married Kathleen, who died in 2003, and they had a son, Patrick, and a daughter, Elizabeth.
Leon Kitchen and Rex Waller were impressed Ted's strongly held principles lead him late in life to being active against the war in Iraq.
with thanks to Patrick Quinn and Leon Kitchen
from the 1952 School photo
from the 1954 School photo
from the 1956 School photo
Mr Quinn appeared in the photo reports of the recent Annual Dinners: together with Leon Kitchen and the late Rex Waller - a happy band of brothers:
At the 2004 Dinner - Rex, Ted and Leon
Soham Grammarian Autumn 1950
This term we welcomed Mr E Quinn who teaches Science and Maths.
Soham Grammarian Autumn 1953
It is with regret that the School hears that Mr Quinn has been obliged to go to hospital to have a cartilage extracted. We wish him a rapid recovery.
Soham Grammarian Summer 1956
Mr Quinn is leaving us at the end of term to take charge of the science side at Patchway Bilateral Secondary School near Bristol. We are grateful for his services not only as a teacher but also with athletics, National Savings and school dramatic productions, and we wish him all success and happiness in his new post.
If you can add memories of Mr Quinn or provide photos of him, please contact the editor.
page last updated 2 Dec 2010