Michael James Quinlivan, 67, beloved husband, of 45 years, of Christine E. (Cook) Quinlivan, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, at Baystate Medical Center with the comfort of his family being at his side. Michael was born on March 23, 1952 in Springfield, MA, a loving son of William J. and Dorothy B. (Lawler) Quinlivan. He was raised and educated in Springfield and was a 1970 graduate of Cathedral High School and later attended Holyoke Community College. Michael was a clerk for the United States Post Office. He began his long career, of over 36 years, on Tapley Street in Springfield, before retiring in 2011, from the Bulk Mail Center in Springfield. He was a longtime parishioner of Holy Name Church in Springfield. Throughout the years, Michael developed many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed kayaking and later developed an interest in home brewing. His specialties were Barley Wines, Scottish Ales, and Imperial Stouts. Michael always made time for his family and together they shared many vacations and memories during the summers in Rhode Island. He leaves behind his loving wife, Christine of Springfield and daughter, Geri-Ann Quinlivan of Seattle, WA; siblings, George F. Quinlivan and his wife, Carol of Hampden, Patricia Ditto of Springfield, and Judith Quinlivan Speck and her husband, Mark of Hixson, TN, brother in law, Anthony Cook and his wife, Qiaoling of Springfield, and sisters in law, Heather Ciosek and her husband, Robert of Madison, CT, Susan Boscia and her husband, Joseph of Beaver, PA, and his cousin, Thomas Quinlivan of Westfield; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and many close friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, William J. Quinlivan, Jr. A period of visitation will be held for Michael on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2 – 5 p.m. at Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Avenue. Family and friends are invited to gather for Michael’s funeral on Monday, Jan. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St. Springfield. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Michael’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 (p) 800.52.JIMMY (f) 617.632.4070. www.hafeyfuneralservice.com
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