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Former Owner of Quirk Tire, Edward "Ed" Quirk, Has Died

Posted on January 6, 2017

Edward "Ed" Quirk Jr., former CEO and president of Edward S. Quirk Co. Inc., which does business as Quirk Tire Co., died on Jan. 5, 2017, at his home in Lexington, Mass. He was 87.

Ed Quirk was a second generation tire dealer from Massachusetts.
Ed Quirk was a second generation tire dealer from Massachusetts.
Ed was CEO and president of Quirk Tire from 1955 to 1985. He learned the business from his father, Edward Sr., who started the company in 1926 on Arsenal Street in Watertown, Mass. The third generation, Ed's son John Quirk, took over the business in 1985, and then acquired VIP Tires & Service in 2001. Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, VIP Tires operates 56 locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Ed was a Lt. JG U.S. Navy Veteran and a 1951 alumnus of Boston College, where he was a member of the varsity baseball team.

He is survived by his beloved wife Jane of 63 years; a daughter, five sons and their spouses; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and many friends in the tire business.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at St. Joseph Church in Belmont, Mass  Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at Stanton Funeral Home, 786 Mt Auburn St.,Watertown, Mass.

Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Waltham, Mass.

Related Topics: Edward Quirk Jr., Quirk Tire Co., VIP Tires & Service Corp.

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