Shrewsbury – Robert J. Quinlivan, 86, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 14, 2023.
As a longtime resident of Shrewsbury, Robert was a graduate of Worcester State University with a Master’s degree. He was a Marine Reservist.
During his high school years, he enjoyed the camaraderie and sports, especially playing basketball, at Saint John’s high school. Robert had a passion for all New England sports especially the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.
His hobby and talent for landscaping occupied much of his spare time as he shared his creativity with others who asked for help with designing their home landscaping. Robert found joy in re-landscaping the family’s entire yard almost every year.
He enjoyed a 30-year career as a teacher in Worcester at Lincoln Street School, Flagg Street School, and Lake View School, and always wanted to stay in the classroom where he felt he made the most difference.
His quiet, humble nature included a well-read library of books that expanded his knowledge to become a reference for many family members on anything intellectual. Robert was a member of Saint Mary of the Hills Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Massachusetts Retired Educators.
Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Mary “Mae” (Mulchrone) Quinlivan and John Quinlivan. Robert will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife of 63 years, Frances Gauthier Quinlivan; his daughters, Maryellen Quinlivan Brenner and her husband Christopher, Kathleen Quinlivan Lucier and her husband James; his grandchildren, Erin and her husband Matthew, Kaitlyn, Patrick, Jessica, and Jillian; his great grandchildren, Isla and Oliver. Robert also leaves brothers, Bernard Quinlivan and Richard Quinlivan, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Kenney, and brother John Quinlivan.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather with his family for calling hours on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 10:30 am until 12 noon at the Britton Funeral Home, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury, followed by a Graveside service at 12:30 pm at Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury (Section QQ).
A Memorial Mass will be held at a future date. Keeping with family wishes, we ask that masks be worn during Calling Hours.