Tucson, AZ - Patrick B. Quinn, a 1980 graduate of Wellsville High School, passed away April 30 at his home in Tucson, Ariz., after a courageous one-year battle with leukemia. He was 52.
Following high school, Patrick entered the U.S. Air Force, serving 12 years as a crew chief for F-16 fighter jets. He then joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve while pursuing a master's degree in exercise physiology at Utah State University. Upon graduation, he worked at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, Texas, as well as in the cardiac rehab field in Raleigh, N.C., and Tucson.
In Tucson, Patrick returned to his passion for working on F-16s, joining the Arizona Air National Guard, where he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. As a production controller, he was responsible for coordinating F-16 maintenance and reporting the status of all aircraft to the senior officers in his squadron. Patrick had a combined 28 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and Arizona Air National Guard. He was also a certified home inspector.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Vanessa (Lo) Quinn; two young sons, Nolan, 10, and Bryan, 8; his parents, George and Kathleen Quinn of Winnabow, N.C.; a sister, Ellen (Quinn) Serrano, of Raleigh, N.C.; brothers Michael Quinn of Wellsville, Timothy Quinn of Batavia, N.Y., Daniel Quinn of Anchorage, Alaska, and David Quinn, of Webster, N.Y.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Patrick will be remembered as a loving and doting family man, accomplished airman, and caring friend. He will be dearly missed as a father, husband, son, brother, and uncle.
A memorial mass for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. June 27 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Maple Avenue in Wellsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tu Nidito Children and Family Services at www.tunidito.org. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.