May His Soul Rest In Peace
John Patrick Quinn
John Patrick Quinn , age 78, passed away in The Bronx, NY, on August 11, 2016. Jack was born and raised in the Bronx and graduated from St Peter and Paul School in 1952 which continued to hold a special place in his heart throughout the years. He then went to Cardinal Hayes High School and graduated in 1956. Sometime thereafter he attended St John's University in Queens, NY and obtained a BA in History. It is estimated that John entered on duty with the NY Police Department in 1962. It is not known when he retired. By the year 2000 John spent most of his police career working the streets of Harlem, NY. He established himself as a "Man For Others". Members of the Harlem Community wished to memorialize and praise John P Quinn while he was still working in the Harlem community. The Catholic New Yorker weekly newspaper created the following article on March 30, 2000 about Lt Quinn:
‘DADDY QUINN’ Harlem Community Honors Cop As It’s Own ‘Live’ St Patrick
By: Julia Martin, Catholic New Yorker, March 30, 2000
Harlem had its own St Patrick Day, “because we have a real live St Patrick in our midst, Lt John Patrick Quinn, said the Rev. Betty Neal, Executive Director of the Ministers of Harlem Inc. Rev. Neal coordinated a tribute to the police officer at the 28th Precinct March 16th.
“His middle name is Patrick, so we arranged the festivities on the day before the feast of St Patrick”, she said.
The party took place in the station house at 2271 Frederick Douglas Blvd. between 122nd and 123rd streets, where Quinn has served for more than a quarter of a century, earning respect throughout Harlem.
“They haven’t invented a word in the English language to describe how great this man is,” Rev. Neal said. We are very fortunate to have him in our midst. He is the embodiment of a soothing Irish song.
With Police Commissioner Howard Safir looking on, she unveiled a 14-inch-high bronze bust honoring the blue-eyed Irish Cop who’s served in the Department for 38 years. The bust was donated by the sculptor, Jeffrey Hesser of Buffalo.
Safir said, “Lt Quinn is a true example of community Policing”. Then he quipped, “I don’t have a place where there’s a bust of me.”
Quinn, a parishioner of St Francis de Chantal in the Bronx, was presented with commendations from Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, City Comptroller Alan Hevesi and City Council member William Perkins. Among those attending were Quinn’s daughter Maureen Brown and son John.
Rev. Neal said afterward, “I just wanted people to know about this great man, who’s worked in the black community all of his career and never had to fire his gun once”
“He’s taken money out of his pocket to help buy groceries, pay people’s rent and medical bills, and he wears that smile 99 percent of the time,” she said. “We call him ‘DADDY QUINN’.”
Rev. Neal said Quinn often counseled young men who got into trouble. “He’s put many a black fellow on the right track,” she said. “He’s an officer and a gentleman.”
His commanding officer, Deputy Inspector James Secreto, said the lieutenant is “on the street every day, the kind of guy you wish you had more of. He’s easy-going, but he can be firm when he has to.”
He said Quinn came to the precinct 27 years ago as a sergeant, then was promoted to a lieutenant in 1984. “Usually when you get promoted, you leave,” Secreto said. He could’ve gone to police headquarters, but he stayed. That’s incredible. It’s almost unheard of. He’s been in this precinct under 16 precinct commanders. He wants to be where the action is.”
The bronze likeness of Quinn will remain in the station house, with a poem written by Rev. Neal mounted on an easel. It begins:
“To the residents of Harlem regardless of sect, He is the epitome of courtesy, professionalism and respect….”
Quinn told Catholic New Yorker he was overwhelmed by the party. “It’s a day I’ll never forget, that’s for sure,” he said.
He did serve on the precinct narcotics unit for many years and made a total of a couple thousands of arrests, but never fired a shot. “MY gun was out of it’s holster, but I’ve been lucky,” he said. “Things can happen.”
Now he is in charge of special operations, an assignment he said “gives me the liberty to be outside and involved,” to go to meetings of the precinct community council, tenant associations, community board 10, among others. “I’ve been fortunate,” he said, “they’ve been really positive contacts.”
He said he appreciated the timing of the festivities. “I always love St Patrick’s Day. It makes me appreciate my parents, who were immigrants from Ireland,” he explained.
He attended the St Patrick’s Day Mass at St Frances de Chantal on March 17 and the reception there with Irish scones and coffee.
Born in The Bronx, he is a graduate of SS Peter and Paul School and Cardinal Hayes High School. He earned a BA in History from St John’s University in Queens.
He said he thought the police department would be an asset in his pursuit of a law degree, but after he joined the force, he decided to stick with it. He said being a policeman is “a great job.”
QUESTION? DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THAT BRONZE BUST OF JOHN P QUINN PHYSICALLY RESTS TODAY?
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