John was the loving father of four sons. He and his family lived in Tyngsboro before moving to Groton in 1968. He was a member of the local square dancing club, the Groton Merry Mixers. He loved helping others, travelling, camping, and spending time with his family. He was an avid stamp collector, and a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Parish at St. Josephâ€™s Church in Pepperell.
During World War II, he served in the U.S Army in the France and Germany, and attained the rank of Sargent before being honorably discharged. â€œRedâ€ Quintin then worked for many years as a welder at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford.
John had considerable skills in carpentry, mechanics, electricity and plumbing. He could repair almost anything, and he enjoyed working on old houses, barns, and vehicles. He was a kind, gentle man of remarkable patience and tolerance. He loved children and pets and, like many of his generation, â€œThe Greatest Generation,â€ he often did a thing simply because it was the right thing to do. He was quiet and dependable.
John was predeceased by his beloved wife of 46 years, Phyllis Russell Quintin, and a sister, Shirley Wainwright. He is survived by his sister, Jeannette Caissie, of North Chelmsford; four sons, Jon, of Townsend; David, of Townsend; Peter and his wife Nan of Pepperell; and Paul or Groton. He is also survived by grandchildren, Marianne and her husband Eric Magerman, of Bellingham; Melissa Quintin of Groton; Crystal and her husband Ryan Carroll of York, PA; Shelby Quintin and Westley Quintin of Hanover, PA; David Quintin of Orrtanna, PA; and Amy Quintin of Sidney, Australia; and five great-grandchildren, Shawn Quintin of Groton; John Coburn of Tyngsboro; Jessica and Zachary Magerman of Bellingham; and Elise of York, PA. He is also survived by three foster children, Mary Leach, Helena Charlestrom, and Joshua Leach, Jr., a brother-in-law, Earl Russell and his wife, Peggy of Groton, and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, January 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Josephâ€™s Church, 28 Tarbell Street, Pepperell. Burial will be in St. Josephâ€™s Cemetery in Pepperell. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in John’s memory to benefit Alzheimerâ€™s research through the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimerâ€™s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or online at http://www.alz.org/manh/in_my_community_donate.asp .