CDR John Bernard Quinlan, USN Ret., died peacefully at his home in Norfolk, VA, on Thursday, October 4, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family and close friends after a courageous six-year battle with Metastatic Melanoma. John grew up in Bowie, MD, was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Severn School and a 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he played lacrosse and ice hockey. John had a successful Naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer and then as a Carrier-Based Naval Aviator, flying the E-2C Hawkeye. He served in multiple locations and received many awards for his distinguished service before his retirement in 2011. John also earned his MBA from The College of William & Mary in 2011 and enjoyed his post-Navy career as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Virginia Beach.
In 2001, John married the love of his life, Mary Alice Jageman of Houston, TX. They have three wonderful boys: John Tucker 15, James Boyd 12, and Jacob Henry 11, of whom John was extremely proud and actively engaged in their school, sports, and other activities. He had numerous interests, but none more dear to him than spending time with his family. John was a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and attended Crossroads Church in Norfolk. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, neighbor, coach and true friend. John is preceded in death by his father John “The Beach Master” Quinlan. Besides his devoted wife and three boys, John leaves his mother Natalie Quinlan of Ocean City, MD, and his sister Robin Holmes of Laurel, DE. He also leaves his natural father and stepmother Dr. James and Judy Maurer of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, sisters Aimee Cannon of Detroit Lakes, MN; Jennifer and husband Tom Bailey of St. Augustine, FL; Sarah and husband Charles Seuntjens of Detroit Lakes, MN, along with numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.
Visitation will take place at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 1501 Colonial Ave. Norfolk, VA 23517 from 6-7PM on Friday 12 October. Celebration of Life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, 820 Colonial Ave. Norfolk, VA 23507 at 11 AM on Saturday 13 October. John’s final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The M.D. Anderson Melanoma Moon Shots Program https://www.mdanderson.org/cancermoonshots/cancer-types/melanoma.html.
Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.