Our Mentor and Friend John Dennis Quinlivan Has Passed Away

John QuinlivanJohn Dennis Quinlivan
1936 - 2012

Quinlivan & Hughes is sad to announce the passing of our mentor and friend, John Dennis Quinlivan, who died September 4th, 2012 at the age of 76.

John was born to Ray J. and Elizabeth (Ryan) Quinlivan on May 22, 1936 in St. Cloud. John served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. On August 19, 1961 he married Shannon Rorabeck at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. John attended St. Cloud State University, and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law (LL.B., 1968). He joined the Quinlivan Law Firm in 1968 and was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association the same year. John was a member of the Stearns/Benton County Bar (President, 1972), Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (Secretary, 1973-86), Seventh District Bar (President, 1975), Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (President, 1981-82), Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors, 1986-89), Board of Trustees-William Mitchell College of Law (1988-91). John was committed to his community; he served on the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1983-1986, St. Cloud Sertoma Club (President, 1974-1975), and Cathedral High School Board of Trustees from 1979-1985.


John was an active member and volunteer at St. Paul's Church and school, St. Cloud Hospital and St. Scholastica Convent. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying the local high school and collegiate teams especially Johnnie Football. John was dedicated to his daily routine of emailing friends, going to coffee groups and daily reading of the newspapers. Most of all, John loved his family and grandkids, who were the loves of his life. John's wonderful sense of humor and great story-telling abilities will be dearly missed.

John is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Shannon; children, Kevin of Mound, Barry of St. Cloud, Sr. Colleen Quinlivan, OSB of Ridgely, MD, Curran (Joy) of Lincoln, NE, Molly (Paul) Schmitz of Woodbury; grandchildren, Lauren, Meghan, John, Reece, Brady, Brennan, Liam, Sean, William, Timothy; great-grandson, Jaxon; siblings, Dennis of Yankton, SD, and Mary Quinlivan of Arden Hills.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roger, Richard, Robert; and nephew Tim Quinlivan.

The Quinlivan family is grateful to the St. Cloud Hospital staff for their loving and personalized care.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Cathedral High School or the Benedictine Sisters of Ridgley, MD.

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