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Bryan Bernard Quinn


Medical Officer, C.A.F. (Navy)


Born: 07 Mar 1947          Died: 05 Mar 2023


QUINN, Bryan Bernard, Dr. - It is with deep sadness that the family of Dr Bryan Quinn of Piper's Cove, announce his passing on Sunday, March 5, 2023.


Born in Sydney, he was son of the late Bernard Patrick and Isabel (MacNeil) Quinn. Raised (on the family property/farm) in Piper’s Cove, Bryan was the much beloved youngest of the family. Studious, thoughtful, and kind – he was always looking forward to the visits home of his older siblings. His love of practical jokes on those siblings though, soon became apparent. And his skill in such antics grew to a fine art over the years, as many of his colleagues and friends would whole-heartedly agree.


Bryan completed is medical training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, followed by a number of years of military service as Medical Officer onboard the supply ship HMCS PROTECTEUR. Bryan enjoyed his time in the Canadian Navy immensely, sharing stories of camaraderie, unique challenges and opportunities to explore the world for many years after his service. During this time Bryan decided to return to medical school to pursue a specialization in Radiology, training at both Dalhousie University and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. While Bryan was able to practice in both Canada and the United States, his love of family and Cape Breton brought him home to Sydney. He found his work immensely rewarding and he was always focused on providing the highest quality of support to his colleagues and their patients. All his family know how passionate he was about medicine.


When not working, Bryan enjoyed continuing his studies in Roman History, finding just the right recording of his favourite operas and symphonies, and fine tuning the telescope he built from scratch to get the perfect picture of whatever astrological event was happening at the time - a project that started soon after he traveled to high altitudes in Peru in order to catch a good glimpse of a comet passing close to earth.


At home, we will miss Bryan’s humble presence, his love of all food filled with sugar or coated with salt, and his kind faith-filled words of guidance and support.


He is survived by two sisters, Mary E. (Steve) Horyl, Piper’s Cove and Diane Ward, Sarnia, Ont. Seven nieces and nephews, Anne Marie, James, Margaret, Daniel, Kathleen, John and Vanessa Grand nephews James Robert, Quinn, and many grand nieces and nephews in the United States. He was predeceased by his brothers, James and Michael Dan.


Visitation for Dr. Quinn will take place from 4 until 7pm on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Columba Church, Iona on Friday, March 17 at 11:00am with burial in St. Barra's Cemetery, Christmas Island. A celebration of Bryan’s life will take place in the summer, when all who loved him can gather from near and far to share stories and remember our wonderful times with him together.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Barra’s Parish Cemetery, the C.B. Regional Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice. (T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel)


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