School 09

Christopher Joseph Quinn

March 9, 1961 ~ September 18, 2019 (age 58)


Christopher Joseph Quinn of Champaign, Illinois, passed away on September 18, 2019 at age 58. 

Chris was born March 9, 1961 in Urbana, IL to Joseph and Margaret (Dixon) Quinn. Chris received a masters of library science degree from the University of Illinois. He worked at the University of Illinois, Ricker Library of Art and Architecture for 33 years, where he was serving as the interim head at the time of his death.   He became an associate professor in 2001.  The Ricker Library was the love of his life.  He especially enjoyed training and mentoring graduate students and was known for his patience and always cheerful willingness to go the extra mile to assist faculty and students.  Besides art and architecture, Chris was also greatly interested in U.S. politics and history; enjoyed movies, concerts at Krannert Center, the Illinois State Shakespeare Festival, trips to Chicago and Cardinals baseball.  He will be fondly remembered by those who knew him well as a kind and gentle soul; a good listener and a loyal friend.  Chris is survived by his sister, Maryann Bonner (Wade) of Indianapolis, his brother, Tom Quinn (Carol) of Lakewood, CO; a niece, Megan Quinn of Lakewood, CO and his cousin and dear friend, Mary Dixon of Champaign. 

A visitation will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Champaign, Illinois 710 N Neil St. Champaign, Illinois 61820.  A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Champaign.  Interment of cremated remains will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Ricker Library at the University of Illinois. Please join Chris’s family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at

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October 8, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center Champaign-Urbana Chapel
710 N. Neil Street
Champaign, , IL 61820

Funeral Mass
October 9, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Matthew Catholic Church
1303 Lincolnshire Drive
Champaign, , IL 61821

October 9, 2019

11:30 AM
St. Mary's Cemetery
42-4 St. Mary's Road
Champaign, , IL 61820

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