Mr. Francis J. "Frank" Quinlan

  • Born: November 10, 1940
  • Died: January 17, 2018
  • Location: Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Donohue Funeral Homes, Inc.

8401 W Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082

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Tel. (610) 449-0300

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Frank by adding your memories and photos.

Francis J. "Frank" Quinlan, 77, of Lansdowne, PA passed away peacefully on January 17, 2018. Born in Havertown, PA. He was the son of the late Francis and Frances (nee Sweeney) Quinlan.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Jan M. Supco, his daughter, Mary Blong (George), his loving granddaughter, Michele Amato (Joe), and his great-grandchildren, Alexis and Dominic Amato. He is also survived by his Aunt Joan McPeak, two brothers Joe (Margaret, son Kerry) of CA, Jack (Wendy-deceased, children Amber (Steve) and John), deceased sister Mary Gilroy (Jim), sons Jimmy (Christine), John (Robin), Mike (Margie), Danny (Jen), brother in-law David, deceased sister in-law Carolann, son Lance and Michael Supco (Elena, daughters Brandyn, Demi) of AZ, .

Frank's career began as a stagehand in IATSE Local 8 where he was a 50 year member. He worked at the Erlanger, Locust Street Theater, Shubert Theater, Academy of Music before taking a house job at the Living Arts Theater.

Upon the recommendation of his friend John Duncan he took a position with the PA Ballet as head master carpenter in 1967. Then with permission from his Uncle Mike Sweeney he travelled with the ballet. A great mentor in his life was his Uncle Charlie Boyle. His life dream was to open a scenic shop which came to fruition in the 1970's. After 40 years he retired in 2013. His studio was one of the first scenic shops in Philadelphia. He worked with many notable designers such as Rouben Ter-Arutunian, Jose Verona, Eugene Lee, Eldon Elder and Franco Calveccio. His company produced theatrical sets not only for Philadelphia but for all over the United States before he transitioned into the exhibit field, NY toy fairs and museums. He produced permament museum exhibits for the Independence Seaport Museum, Penn Museum, The Franklin Institute, The Fred Rogers visitor center, Academey of Natural Science and multiple successful central features for Philadelphia Horticultural Society.He worked closely with Lou Spezial and the Ferko String Band productions and numerous Ripely Believe it or not. His company produced the first revolving stage and sets for QVC and the first Live Aid and Farm Aid venues.

Besides his passion for his work he loved his Augustinian upbringing, college basketball, football and especially vegetable and flower gardening.


Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:00-10:30 AM at The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike (cor. Lynn Blvd.), Upper Darby, PA (610) 449-0300 followed by his Funeral Service at 10:30 AM. Internment private.

In Frank's memory contributions may be sent to Ballet NJ- 401 Bloomfield Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091 or Philadelphia Horticultural Society- Floor 5, 100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I would like to send my sincere respect and condolences to the family, frank and I shared many good working memories together for many years since my retirement over 10 years ago . I still laugh over some of them. with respect , BILL HAYES LAKELAND FL.

Posted by BILL HAYES - LAKELAND, FL - Friend   January 29, 2018

Frank was a true "gentleman". He will be missed.

Posted by Steve Cashour - Ponte Vedra, FL - Coworker   January 26, 2018

We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Jan, family & coworkers on Franks passing. May God surround you with his strength and blessed by good memories.

Posted by the staff at 95 Signs - Glenolden, PA   January 25, 2018

My deepest condolences to you Jan and the rest of the family. Frank was such a sweet man. May God comfort you and strengthen you during this time of sorrow.Hold onto the wonderful memories that dwell in your heart. RIP Frank.

Posted by Taleese Carson-Peters c/o All Phases Bookkeeping Service - Lansdowne, PA - Friend   January 24, 2018

REST EASY FRANK,YOU ACCOMPLISHED MUCH.

JACK MC INTYRE

Posted by JACK MC INTYRE - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Coworker   January 23, 2018

You couldn't be involved in the technical side of theatre in Philadelphia and not have heard the name Frank Quinlan. He was an inspiration to me when I opened my own studio

Posted by Steve Sysko    January 23, 2018

So sorry to hear about Frank real nice guy and great worker will be missed...

Posted by Kenneth Pattinson - Prospect Park, PA - Coworker   January 23, 2018

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Dear Johnny and Robin , So sorry for your loss. May the memories and good times spent with your Uncle Frank bring you comfort at this difficult time. Gail Bellwoar

Posted by Gail Bellwoar - Havertown, PA - Family Friend   January 22, 2018

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Jan, so very sorry about Frank but it's good that he's no longer in pain. Our deepest sympathy. Love, Ginny, Jay, David, Tina, Dale & Kyra

Posted by Jay Novak - Irvine, CA - Family   January 20, 2018


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Rest in peace my friend, there is no in pain and are with many good people that went before you