William Joseph Quinn, 86, of North Falmouth died at home June 1.

Twice a widower, his first wife was Jeannine C. (Michaud) Quinn and his second, Barbara Ann (Egan) Quinn.

Originally from New York, he was born and raised on the west side of Manhattan, the son of William Francis Quinn and Mary Catherine (O'Rourke) Quinn. He was educated at Rice High School in Harlem.

Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War as a medic. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Once back home, Mr. Quinn continued his service as a medic at Loring Air Force Base in Maine and, in 1958 while still in the Air Force, he married Jeannine Michaud.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Quinn joined Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and with that company forged a long and successful career.

He and his wife raised their two sons in their home in Chelmsford. Jeannine Quinn died after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

After their marriage in 1997, he and Barbara Quinn enjoyed their retirement years by dividing their time between homes at Wild Harbor Estates and in Naples, Florida. She died in 2011.

He was a caregiver for both his wives during their illnesses.

Mr. Quinn was an avid golfer on Cape Cod, in New Hampshire, and in Naples. An accomplished ballroom dancer, after the death of his first wife he traveled on cruise ships serving as a gentleman host and taught ballroom dancing nightly. His cruises took him from Hawaii to Norway, from Spain to Japan, and to many destinations between.

He leaves two sons, William J. Quinn Jr. of Chelmsford and John Quinn of Noblesville, Indiana; two grandsons; three stepchildren, Christopher Egan of Franklin, Kelly Pariseault of Falmouth and Pamela Noonan of Milton; 12 stepgrandchildren; and other family including two brothers and two sisters.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, June 10, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 584 West Falmouth Highway.

A funeral Mass will be said on Friday, June 11, at 11 AM at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 481 Quaker Road, North Falmouth.

Burial will be private at a later date at North Falmouth Cemetery.

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