Beatrice “Bridjo” (Hastings) Quinlan, 90, of Worcester died Sunday, July 2nd at home with her beloved family by her side. Her husband of 51 years, Maurice H. “Harry’ Quinlan died in 2012.
She leaves three sons, John F. Quinlan and his wife, Susan of Oxford, Maurice H. Quinlan of Boston, and Liam J. Quinlan of Worcester; four daughters, Maura E. and her husband Wesley Stevens of Fairfax, VA, Deirdre M. Grimley of Leominster, Peggy N. Quinlan of Auburn, and Bridjo M. Cobbs of Worcester; a sister, Sally O Bearra of Ireland; 14 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Aine Hayde, Maura LaComfora, Maeve Becker and Peigi McNally; her brothers, Liam Hastings, Tadhg Hastings, Sean Hastings, Fr. Miceal Hastings, and infant twin brothers, Liam Seosamh Hastings and Tadhg Mairtin Hastings
She was born in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Malone) Hastings and raised in Derrymore, Westport, Co Mayo. She was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States in 1955 and loving America, siblings Sean, Maura and Maeve soon followed. Beatrice was a devout Catholic and a long-time member of St. George’s Church. She opened and operated her own hairdressing salon in Worcester. For 25 years, she ran Bea’s Daycare.
Bea enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved attending Irish dances in Worcester and that is where she met her beloved Harry. She had a brilliant sense of humor and enjoyed meeting people. She was an avid fan of Boston sports, especially the Red Sox. She embraced her Irish Culture in her daily life and could always be heard humming an Irish song. She thoroughly enjoyed a lively game of 110 and basking in the summer sun.
Her funeral is Friday, July 7th from O’CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. George’s Church, 38 Brattle Street. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. Calling hours are Thursday, July 6th from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden Street, Worcester, MA 01606. To share a memory or to leave a message of condolence please visit oconnorbrothers.com