The following interoffice memorandum was distributed Tuesday by the directors of the ARC Northern Chesapeake Region, Inc. to all its staff:
It is with great sadness that we must share with you the passing of Tim Quinn. Tim passed this evening surrounded by his loving family.
This is a tremendous loss for so many. Many of us have a rich and shared history with Tim. He invited us to share in his vision of what life can be and at this time it is comforting to remember the shared experiences. Tim led The Arc for 20 years as Executive Director and to say he will be missed doesn’t adequately capture his spirit, contributions, visionary leadership, or articulate how he touched the lives of so many people. Tim was a trailblazer who loved life, people, and creating change that made a real difference in people’s lives. Tim was respected nationwide for his efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families. Tim was an equally strong advocate for the many men and woman who work every day in support of folks who have disabilities and their families.
Tim began his battle with cancer several years ago. In true Tim form, through it all he remained hopeful and focused his energy on what he could control. What a wonderful living testimony of a life well lived? What amazing things can be accomplished if we all follow his example? What a wonderful legacy to leave to those privileged to know or work with him.
It is difficult to image The Arc without Tim. Although he may not be physically present with us, Tim will always be with us. It is clear that in many ways, Tim has prepared us for this moment. Integrity, respect, community building, responsiveness, team, inclusion and self determination are not just the core values of The Arc, but principles by which Tim lived his life. Tim was a remarkable person who will be deeply missed.
It was an honor to know Tim and we will all mourn his loss in our own way. In time, the healing will began and the sorrow will be replaced by the memories that mark a life well lived. During this time, we must remember to be gentle with ourselves and those around us. We will need to support each other in this very sad time. Understanding that it will not be easy and recognizing that Tim would want us to continue our work at The Arc, we begin this journey with a single step.