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“My parents, Leon and Sally Levitan, did a lot of work with John and talked often about his integrity, hard work and humor. He was a familiar name in...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Amy Levitan - Sharon, MA

“Dot and family,So sorry to learn of John's passing. I always enjoyed talking to him when we were neighbors on Lindbergh or when he helped me in the...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Clara Forbes - Needham, MA

“Mrs. McQuillan, Maureen, I just saw this (1/5) and my heart is broken. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Mr. McQuillan was such a love. I enjoyed...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Debbie Carroll - Norwood, MA

“Jack and Rosie So sorry to hear of your dads passingMy thoughts are with youLovePauline ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Pauline Wright - Hopedale, MA

“John and Dorothy have been long-time supporters of the Needham Community Council as have all Taylor's family including Jack, Maureen and Dan...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Debbie Winnick - Needham, MA

“Mr. McQuillan, when he was in his second year at Taylor's, was my first boss and the true first businessman I ever encountered. Working for him,...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Dermody - Mattapoisett, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to Aunt Dorothy, Jack and Rosey, Bill and Linda, Michael and Dede, Maureen and Dan and all the granchildrenMy most recent...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Lenihan Kluk - Darnestown, MD

“I lived in Needham and worked for the school system 32 years. When I was superintendent of schools I wanted to start an independent foundation to...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Fred Tirrell - Barnstable, MA

“Jack, so sorry I couldn't attend this evening or tomorrow. (I am back at Emerson.) Sending our condolences to you and your family. Reading your dad's...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Judy O'Toole - Framingham, MA

“In my career at Babson College, I was fortunate to know almost every member of the McQuillan family. John was always helpful as a trustee and simply...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Joseph Carver - Green Valley, AZ

“Marla and I always enjoyed John's witty humor and insightful comments. I have fond memories of sleepovers at Uncle John''s and how much mischief Jack...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Dr Bill and Marla Lenihan - TN

“Dot and Family...My deepest condolences on John's passing. I considered him to be a mentor as well as a dear friend. I can well believe that this...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Dick Bishop - Westwood, MA

“Dot and family,Marilyn spent so manny happy hours in the store. She used to say it was her sanity job as she took care of her sister and parents.For...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Robert P Eaton - Pembroke, NH

“Dear Dorothy and family,Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful husband/Dad. We remember John as always the perfect gentleman and really...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Dick&Janet Corrigan - Greensboro, NC

“John was such a wonderful friend to the Flaherty family! I fondly remember all the fun in Hawaii when he and Dot spent time as another set of...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Marcia and George Smith - DC

“Michael and Family Members,On behalf of the Moher Family, please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Simply...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Len Moher - Hingham, MA - Friend


John J. McQuillan, longtime Needham resident and business leader passed away on Dec. 28, 2016 from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He was 87 and had celebrated a warm and loud Christmas with all of his family 3 days earlier. Married for 64 wonderful years to his surviving wife Dorothy E. (Lenihan), John's children John J. McQuillan, Jr. and his wife Rosey of Norfolk, Bill and his wife Linda of Brookline, Michael and his wife Dede of Medfield and Maureen Fitzgerald and her husband Dan of Needham were all around him during his many years of a very happy and fulfilling life. His grandchildren Jordan, Ryan, Lizzie, Charlie, Ella, Abby, Siena, Sam, Kim and her husband Mike, Kathleen and Daniel were part of his life for over 35 years and his pride in them was omnipresent. For two generations, he never missed a game, a play, or school event. Born in Boston, June 18, 1929 to the late Patrick McQuillan and Rosemarie McDonough he led a happy life in Dorchester with sisters Patricia Waite and her husband Jack of Winchester, Katherine Canney and her husband Joseph of Shrewsbury, and his late brother Tom McQuillan and his surviving wife Janet of Medfield. Graduating from BC in 1949, John was in the shoe importing and styling business through 1972, traveling regularly to Europe except for time served with the 89th Tank Battalion during the Korean War (1954). After serving many years on the Needham Finance Committee and as a Town Meeting Member, John and Dot bought Taylor's Stationery in Needham in 1972 and began a many year love affair with the many downtown merchants throughout the community. In the late 70's, he worked with other town leaders to win a one vote victory at Town Meeting to allow the creation of North Hill, an innovative living community for the 65+ community of the region, going on to be the President of it's Board of Trustees. John and Dot lived at North Hill since 2008. His association with Needham led Babson College to elect John to its Board of Trustees in 1975, on which he served for decades, being awarded the Babson Medal in 1991. His alma mater, Boston College, provided some of his proudest moments including seeing his son Jack, and Jack's wife Rosey, graduate from BC, and 3 grandchildren graduate, creating another generation of Eagles. Chairing his Class of 1949's fiftieth reunion and leading the class march into Alumni Stadium at Graduation was a true BC highlight. His kindness, generosity, and love for family will be our lasting memory. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph Church, 1362 Highland, Needham, on Tuesday, January 3rd at 11:30 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave Needham, on Monday, January 2nd from 3-7PM. Interment with Military Honors will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to fight Parkinson's Disease may be made in his
honor @ michaeljfox.org.