Shawn Quinlan

Shawn William Quinlan

Saturday, May 28th, 1966 - Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
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Shawn William Quinlan, age 54, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 in Souris, MB. Shawn attended Barrington Municipal High School during which time he served in the 84th Independent Field Battery, a Primary Reserve artillery regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. In 2008, he attended the Royal Military College of Canada, studying Applied Military Science and Project Management. In 1985, he began service in the Canadian Armed Forces, serving in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery achieving the rank of Warrant Officer, Master Gunner. During his military career, he served in several overseas missions including the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus and as part of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2006 he served as part of Operation Archer, the Canadian Forces contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Upon retirement from the Canadian Forces in 2010 he accepted a position as Branch Manager with Weatherford and later was co-owner and General Manager of Innovative ALS. Shawn enjoyed camping with friends and family at Oak Lake, MB, playing golf and travelling. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Charlene and daughter Samantha Quinlan (Kosta Syskakis); parents Jim and Linda Quinlan; brother Troy (Sheri) Quinlan and nieces Erin and Serena; sister Karen (David) Addison, nephew Bailey and niece Gabbi; sister Michelle (Robert) Young McGonigle and niece Julie; and sister Donna (Chris) Garniss and niece Tamie. He was predeceased by his grandparents Bill and Jean Baker, Bill Quinlan, Phyllis Atwood and brother Bob Young. Donations in memory of Shawn may be made to Western Manitoba Cancer Centre, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.

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Alana Van Steelandt

Posted at 03:22pm
Charlene & Samantha,
So sorry to read about Shawn's passing. You will be missing his pleasant smile and personality so very much. Hugs to you both.

Alana Van Steelandt

Charlene Quinlan Posted at 10:52am

Thank you Alana!

Maurie Maclennan

Posted at 01:02am
Maurie and I know how hard this is and watching the memorial made us both cry and smile. Hoping some of the good memories get you through the holidays. Shawn made the world a better place. Darren and Maurie Colquhoun

Charlene Quinlan Posted at 12:07pm

Thank you Darren and Maurie!!

Bruce Taylor

Posted at 05:18pm
Beautiful service and tribute today. Of course Shawn would have given you the "grin" for fussing over him. To add to your less onions that you would like, when Shawn and I shared a place in Brandon, onions were a no no in the house.
The death of a friend is a loss that many of us will face more than once. Yet because we aren’t “related” to our friend, we often tell ourselves that our grief is not as deep or our loss is not as great as his or her family. But for me, this could not be farther from the truth. Shawn, you are forever in my heart. Good bye Amigo,

Charlene Quinlan Posted at 10:01pm

Thank you Bruce, Shawn’s family included many who were not “related”. He touched so many lives and we will all miss him so much!

Simon Rushen

Posted at 03:42pm
Eternally indebted to Shawn and family for the kindness shown to me when young. Shawn, look forward to sharing fried clams, schooner beer and a good laugh when we meet again. Your friend, Simon

Charlene Quinlan Posted at 09:59pm

Thank you Simon, I’ve heard many stories.

Brent Gittens

Posted at 01:35pm
Charlene and Sam our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Shawn was a very good friend and even better person who always had an a smile. He will sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.


Brent Gittens Posted at 02:27pm

Brent, Barbara, Chelsea and boys

Charlene Quinlan Posted at 09:59pm

Thank you Brent!!

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