Date: Tuesday 6th April 2021
Due to current restrictions a private family only funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium. The service will be live streamed for all those unable to attend. To login to the service please visit www.obitus.com and enter the following details: Username: xeya3033 Password: 979246
Richard James Gerard Quinn
Peacefully in hospital on 22nd March 2021, Richard aged 50 years of Great Harwood. The dearly loved and loving son of Pauline and Brian, much loved and adored brother of Jennifer, dear brother-in-law of Roy, very special ‘uncle dickie’ of Anna and Captain. Richard will be sadly missed by all his relatives and many friends.
Richard’s many interests and passions reflected his kindness, warmth, fierce intelligence and brilliant sense of humour.
Born in Liverpool, Richard’s passion for the city was matched only by his passion for the club. A talented footballer himself, he returned to his city of birth to study for a degree in Biomedical Sciences at Liverpool John Moore’s University. This fierce intelligence had already presented itself in his younger years when, as a championship chess player he represented the county nationally. As a natural sportsman, Richard could turn his hand to any sport. He enjoyed golf, tennis, squash, skiing and bowling.
Music was Richard’s lifeblood. His eclectic taste ranged from Irish folk music to Ska and everything in between. He loved going to concerts and his radio was never far away from him. Another passion was the East Lancashire Hospice where he volunteered for a number of years, based at the Warehouse. He was well loved by his fellow volunteers and he enjoyed the laughs and camaraderie there. Latterly, Richard was an NHS telephone responder during the pandemic giving comfort and support to lonely, isolated people; a testament to Richard’s natural empathy and generosity. Richard was an active member of the “Ossy Players” for several years. He starred in roles as diverse as Ambrose in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” soldier Tom in “Accrington Pals” and Manuel in “Fawlty Towers” for which he won an award for best male supporting actor.
In addition, he helped backstage and was well known for his ability to source even the most obscure props. He was also involved in the production of comedy nights.
He will be sadly missed by his fellow Thespians, Crown Green Bowlers, volunteers, scousers and all of his very many beloved friends.
Family flowers only please, donations are being received in memory of Richard on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice. To make a donation please click the ‘Make a Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.
Please feel free to leave a message for Richard’s online memorial book by completing the form below.
MESSAGES for the family of Richard James Gerard Quinn
To Jennifer, Pauline, Brian, Roy, Anna and Captain. Sending love to you all at this very sad time on the loss of your beloved Richard. Richard was quirky, fun loving and always left an impression. I remember once setting him up on a blind date with one of my best friends. It didn’t work out but she had a funny story to tell. From talking to Jennifer over the years, its always been obvious how much you enjoyed each other’s company and what a close family you are. It’s heartbreaking loosing a close family member and I hope the memories of the times you shared together may bring you comfort. Rest in peace Richard, I hope you meet my Mum up there xxxx
So sorry for your loss, such a lovely man and friend, a heart of gold. ❤️
Condolences to Pauline, Brian, Jenny, Roy and the kids. Goodbye Rich, we always had special times, a concert, match, trip to New York, Tuscany, Krakow, skiing in Italy. We always had a laugh and good time no matter where we went. Will miss you mate, RIP Dickie a true chap
Nicky Acton (Hazel’s sister)
I was shocked and saddened to hear the sad news that Richard had passed away. He was such a lovely, thoughtful man who had a heart of gold. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. My heart goes out to you all. He definitely left an imprint on everyone that knew him. RIP Richard and I hope you find peace and eternal rest. Good night and God bless xx ❤️
Thinking of you during this very sad time. Sending lots of love, may he rest in peace x
Brian, Pauline and Jenny, sending condolences to you at this very difficult time. Love and hugs to you.
Richard was the most interesting, biggest hearted man I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. A truly wonderful man. He loved his family and friends with a fierce loyalty. His propensity for forgiveness & deep empathy for others made him unique. A unconventional spirit. He will be dearly missed.
Rip Richard thinking of all the family at this sad 😥 time we had many a laugh 😅 at the fun factory ie wirral foods.
Sending my sincere condolences to you all at this very sad time.
My sincere condolences on your very sad loss, words are not sufficient, but hopefully:knowing that so many people are thinking of you, will be of some comfort.
Love and condolences to all the family for the loss of a much loved son brother and uncle. We will miss his friendship and humanity x
I am so sorry for your loss. Richard was a lovely man. May he rest in peace.
Many good times I had with Richard with so many special memories of New York, Italy and Athens to name but a few. I will miss his smile and quick wit, YNWA mate. Condolences and love to all the family.
Laura and Barbara Gates
To Brian, Pauline, Jeniffer, Roy, Anna & Captain, we are so sorry to hear for the death of your beloved Richard. He was a lovely kind person and always a pleasure to chat to. He will be sadly missed and may he rest in peace! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Barbara and Laura Gates xx
To Brian, Pauline, Jennifer, Roy, Anna and Captain. Having spent so much time around you over the years, it was very clear how much Richard thought of you all. He shared a very special bond with Jennifer, sharing so many good times and constantly looking out for her. Such a lovely, caring man. Love to you all xx
I’m so very sorry and sad at the tragic passing of Richard. He was a lovely kind man and it was always a pleasure to meet up with him at family events in Liverpool. Sincere condolences to Brian Pauline Jenny and family. He was loved by everyone who met him. God bless Richard. Rest in Peace. Love from Marianna and the Whitehorn family.
Sheena and Paul Byrom
We always loved seeing Richard whether in a pub or around the Ribble Valley – when he nearly always broke into song. Richard was a gentleman – you had fine son Pauline and Brian and Jennifer a special kind of brother. We know your hearts are broken and we want to offer love and support to comfort you a little.
Howard (Tommy) Tomlinson, Sam and Emily
Dear Brian, Pauline, Jennifer and family. Cannot put into words our sadness at your loss. Richard touched the hearts of everyone he met. Simply just a special person. Personally, we have a wonderful lifetime of memories with Richard and you all. From our first lad’s trip abroad, playing football Saturdays and Sundays, to great times watching the Reds and more. Deeply missed but never forgotten. YNWA. Reds forever. Miss you pal. All our love Tommy, Sam and Emily. X
Jennifer & Pauline so sorry to learn about your loss. I met Richard several times whilst volunteering on Reception at ELH a lovely person who will be solely missed. Sending my deepest sympathy to all the family.
Richard was such a one-off. His warmth, friendliness and sense of humour were very special and will never be forgotten. I didn’t know half of the lovely things written above. He didn’t shout about his talents. Gone far too soon. My thoughts are with you all at this terrible time. Much love to Pauline, Brian, Jen and all the family xx
Jeff and Johanna Chambers
So shocked and sorry to hear the news but so thankful that we had Richard in our lives as a friend. We hope that you take some comfort knowing that Richard was well loved by everybody that knew him.
Amanda shaw /Duckworth
Sending you all our love at such a sad time. Always loved hearing his stories when he was on stage as Manuel at Ossy. Rip Ricardo. Xxx
Clare Highton for Oswaldtwistle Players
We will miss all miss Richard for his enthusiasm, sense of fun and professionalism. He was a star!
To Uncle Brian, Auntie Pauline, Jenny, Roy, Anna and Captain I’m thinking of you all and sending all my love. Richard was lovely, he was kind, and thoughtful and he made me laugh so much. When I was growing up I felt sorry for anyone who didn’t have a family like ours. We had so much fun, and oh my there was so much singing. Every time I hear American Pie I think of Richard and him singing every single word. I loved being your cousin Rich, will love and miss you always xxx
So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Had some great times with him in Liverpool, New York, Italy involving music, football and laughter. May he Rest In Peace.
Richard was not only a caring person but a real genuine guy who loved life to the full. Like his football team Liverpool he was a champion. I will miss you mate but you’ll never be forgotten. My thoughts are with all the family at this sad time. God bless you all. R.I.P MATE.
“Dickie’s” passing it was such a shock he was a very likeable chap and will be sorely missed. From Ken and Lynne Whittaker.
Julie Cawtherley (Wilkinson)
I went to school and 6th form with Richard and also studied in Liverpool, so Richard was part of my teenage and early twenties. He was a lovely young man, kind, funny and great company. I remember a time when he gave Martina and I a guided tour of the factory in Great Harwood. I also remember many evening in the Bulls Head and ‘up the Cav’. Richard, Martina and I once won the pub quiz at the Bulls Head. I am so sad that he is no longer with us and read with live and pride the lovely community activities he took part in. I would have lived to have watched him performing on stage. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. Such a sad loss.
So sorry to hear this news. Condolences to all the family. Andrew & Jane.
RIP Richard YNWA
Sending all my love. Richard was a dear school friend and although I lost contact with him in recent years I followed him on Facebook. I’m saddened by his passing and he is in my prayers. Much love xxx
Brian, Pauline, Jenn, Roy, My sincere condolences, Richard had a heart of gold and I had the privilege to know him from working at ELH where he loved volunteering. May you feel comforted by happy memories you all shared with Richard. He will be sadly missed by many, may he rest in peace.
Uncle Brian, Auntie Pauline, Jennifer, Roy, Anna and Captain, such sad sad news about the passing of Rich. God bless him and rest in peace cousin. I hope you get all of the strength you need to carry you through these very difficult times.
Margaret I Wilson
Pauline, Brian, Jennifer Roy and family. So sad, so sorry Ricard was such a caring person helping many in different ways.Got Bless Rest in Peace dear Richard.
Michael and Christopher Geldard
Chris and Michael are absolutely devastated by Richard’s passing. Richard was an absolute gem of a human being. The Geldard’s always respected and loved Richard. and he will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace our friend.
My deepest sympathies to Brian, Pauline, Jennifer and family. There were thousands of things I wanted to say Quinny, goodbye wasn’t one of them. I’m really going to miss you. Sending all of my love, T. X
Alison and Julie @ Reflex
RIP Richard. Thinking of you all at this heart wrenching time.
Richard will always stand out as a man of enormous human integrity, warmth, and kindness. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends he will be sorely missed by us all.
In tribute to a loving son, brother, brother in law and special uncle and all round decent human being who stayed too briefly. May he rest in peace secure in the knowledge that he made a difference and will be sorely missed.
Brian, Pauline,Jen & family – thinking of you always. I have the happiest of memories growing up with Richard. A gentle soul who will remain in our hearts forever.