JAMES A. “JIMMY” QUINNO – age 83, in Woburn, March 28th. Beloved husband of the late Angelina “Angie” (Calderara) Quinno. Devoted father of Donna Quinno and Beth Lynch and her husband Jay, all of Woburn, Mark Quinno of Merrimack, NH, and Lori Cotton and her husband Michael of Dracut. Dear brother of Kitty D’Arcangelo of Woburn and her late husband Joe, Palma Homic and her husband Ed of Woburn, and the late Frank, Steve, Dominic, and Antimo DiLorenzo, and Sarah King. Loving grandfather of Courtney and Brooke Lynch, Kristen, Michele and James Cotton, and Philip, Brandon and Alyssa Quinno. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, April 2nd at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jimmy’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.
James A. “Jimmy” Quinno, a lifelong Woburn resident who was known for his tireless efforts on behalf of Woburn’s senior citizens, Elks charities, and the city’s children, passed away on Friday, March 28th, following a short illness. Jimmy was the husband of the late Angelina “Angie” (Calderara) Quinno, who died eight years ago.
Born in Woburn eighty-three years ago, he was the son of the late Antimo and Palma (Natale) DiLorenzo. Raised by John and Agnes Quinno, he attended Woburn schools and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1943. In his early years he worked along with his adoptive parents in their business, Quinno’s Market, located in downtown Woburn where Lucia’s Market was later situated. He opened a small store on Green Street which he operated for a few years before selling the business and going to work for Lucia’s Market. He worked at the meat counter and was a well-known figure to the many patrons of Lucia’s over the years. At the same time he was employed on the loading docks at McLean Trucking. Following his retirement, he worked for many years at the Woburn Lodge of Elks as a bartender and cook.
Jimmy loved everybody, and everybody loved him. He was known for his generosity and gave so much of himself to others. For over thirty years he served as co-chairman for the Elks #908 kitchen crew in preparing and serving the annual Woburn Mayor’s Seniors Appreciation Dinner for up to 900 diners each November at Woburn MEmorial High School. He was honored by the Mayor of Woburn with a Proclamation noting his efforts on behalf of the city’s seniors.
A life member of the Woburn Lodge of Elks #908, he was a fifty-eight year member. He was the Lodge Bar Steward for over twenty-five years, and always strived to make Elks members and guests welcome and to enjoy their stay at the Lodge. He was awarded Elk of the Year for the 1974-1975 fraternal year, with “gratitude and appreciation by the members of the Lodge and Grand Lodge for loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of the Order of Elks.” In 1996 he was awarded honorary Life Membership status for distinguished services to the organization.
Jimmy played Santa Claus each year to generations of children of the Elks families and other youngsters at Lodge parties, as well as visits to homes throughout the city. His wife Angie assisted as his “elf,” and together they brought great joy to thousands of children over the years, some of whom recognized his hearty laugh as they later visited Lucia’s Market.
Additionally, Jim coordinated and worked at the Woburn Lodge’s annual family outings and the annual family Father and Sons/Daughters Dinners at the Lodge for many years. He was culinary chef at the many Lodge dinner dances and entertainment parties at the Lodge, and for all official Elks events at the Lodge throughout the years. Jim was always available to assist Elks and their families on sad occasions in handling funeral collations at the Lodge, as well as for many happy occasions when called upon by his Elks friends, including annual Super Bowl parties which were always a resounding success. A man who could never say no, he always volunteered despite his busy schedule. He was a wonderful and much appreciated help to all of the Past Exalted Rulers over the years.
Along with his beloved wife Angie, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah King, four brothers, Frank, Steve, Dominic, and Antimo DiLorenzo, and his brother-in-law, Joe D’Arcangelo.
Surviving are three daughters: Donna Quinno of Woburn, Beth Lynch and her husband Jay of Woburn, and Lori Cotton and her husband Michael of Dracut, a son, Mark Quinno of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and two sisters, Kitty D’Arcangelo and Palma Homic and her husband Ed, all of Woburn. He was also the beloved grandfather of Courtney and Brooke Lynch, Kristen, Michele and James Cotton, and Philip, Brandon and Alyssa Quinno.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, April 2nd at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Jimmy’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.