Obituary of George Quinault
George Aristotle Quinault, loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away at the age of 80 on Thursday, June 1, 2023. Lovingly known as “Uncle George,” he will be missed by his family, friends, caregivers, and neighbors.
George was born March 22, 1943, to Greek immigrants Katina and Roger Quinault. George was the 4th of five children: Nicholas, John, Mary, George, and Irene. He grew up in Chelsea on the West Side of Manhattan, spending summers at the beach in Staten Island with his family.
After graduating from Charles Evans Hughes High School in Manhattan, George moved to Queens and went to work as a messenger on Wall Street in the financial district. He worked there for nearly 40 years until a hip injury led to his retirement in 2000—fortunately just before the area was devastated on 9/11.
He loved animals, especially dogs and cats. He had two German Shepherds named Lionel and Lassie whom he loved and cared for, and later a cat named Babe who adored George as well. He was an outgoing, friendly person who could strike up a conversation with someone he just met as easily as someone he had known for years. He was beloved wherever he went; if you walked around his neighborhood with him, everyone knew him and stopped to say hello. He loved to talk about sports, politics, and weather, and had an amazing memory—he could recall the smallest details of events that happened long ago.
He loved New York City and was a huge New York sports fan, starting with the Brooklyn Dodgers when he was a boy. After the Dodgers left New York, he became a huge Mets fan with a lifelong love that gave him joy throughout his life. He worked hard and made the most out of what he had in life. He was principled, grounded, and practical, which helped him make wise decisions throughout life. He was a generous person who helped anyone that needed it. He was an exemplary uncle who was always ready to lend a helping hand. He had a keen sense for giving the perfect gift, which everyone appreciated. He loved watching TV in his comfy chair with Babe on his lap. And he was a very sweet man a with a gentle soul who loved to travel and spend time with his family.
He was predeceased by his parents Katina and Roger, siblings Nicholas, John and Mary, and niece Kaitlin. He is survived by his sister Irene; his niece Karen and her children Timothy and Christopher; his nephew-in-law Erik (Kaitlin) and his son Konrad; his nephew Ted (Amanda) and his children Olivia and Nicolas.
George was a great person who was caring and sweet and will be missed. Rest in peace, Uncle George.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of George Quinault, please visit our Tree Store