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Quinn Richard Kite  

Quinn Richard Kite

January 2, 1943 – August 10, 2014

Quinn Richard Kite, age 71, of St. Georges, DE and formerly of Penns Grove, NJ, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his darling wife, Shirley on Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Born in Salem, New Jersey on January 2, 1943, Quinn was the son of the late Catherine Casey Cafaro. After graduating from Penns Grove High School, he enlisted in the US Army where he served for 3 years during peacetime. Quinn married the love of his life, Shirley McGowan on January 29, 1966 and the two settled down in Penns Grove where they raised two children. He began his career with the DuPont Company where he worked for 7 years and later, the family moved to Delaware after he accepted a position as a plant protection supervisor with the Chrysler Corporation. Quinn retired in 2001 after 30 years of dedicated service.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed taking family trips to the beach, camping and crabbing. He was a member of the Northern Delaware Corvette Club, where he enjoyed the comradery of other Corvette aficionados. Quinn loved visiting Delaware Park where he spent many evenings in the company of good friends while listening to live music. He relished life and laughter, was an exceptional jokester and adored dancing with his darling wife, Shirley. Quinn was happiest spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great grandsons, Landon and Gage.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Shirley Marie McGowan; son, Kevin R. Kite (Elaine) of Bear; daughter, Tracey Ludlam (Louie) of Clayton; sisters, Linda Smith, Brenda “Sissy” LaPalamento and Judy Bradford, all of Pennsville, NJ; 7 grandchildren, Ashley Johnson, Amanda Melvin, Alexis Ludlam, Caitlin Orr, Delanie Q. Kite, Stephen Orr and Zachary Orr; 2 great great grandchildren, Landon and Gage; and 3 step great great grandchildren, Kayla, Nadia and Mia.

A funeral service will be held at 7:30 pm on Friday evening, August 15, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation will be held from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Delaware Chapter, 2 Mill Road, Ste. 106, Wilmington, DE 19806.

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  1. doug shelley, August 12, 2014

    i worked in security with quinn in 1993 at the plant always a fair and friendly kinda guy. may ur memories keep you strong during this sad time. RIP QUINN. Doug Shelley

  2. Margaret A Buckson, August 12, 2014

    Quinn will be sadly missed by many. He married my sister Shirley, making her very happy for a long time. He enjoyed life, made stupid jokes and took very good care of Shirley, she was blessed by his love and devotion.

  3. Bud & Ellie Loveland, August 12, 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. Quinn was an awesome person. And u were right he was the funniest jokester we knew. But had a heart of gold. We will never forget how he and shirley help us come to homestead. Where we always had fun times with them. We will never forget u Quinn. Rest easy.. xoxo Love. Bud. Ellie. Brit. John. & Bill…

  4. BILL MATTHEWS, August 12, 2014



  5. Linda ( Phillips ) Santiago, August 12, 2014

    I did not know Quinn but I would like to express my deepest and heartfelt Sympathy to his family and friends… I know your Sister Judy Bradford will surely miss you… My thoughts and Prayers go out to all of you in your time of grief …..

  6. Alexis Ludlam, August 12, 2014


  7. Maureen Murphy, August 12, 2014

    My thoughts and Prayers go out to the entire family, especially his wife Shirley. Quinn was a great guy and very friendly. Hold on tight to the Memories.

  8. Rose Porter Maurice, August 12, 2014

    So sad for you all. Sending loving thoughts & prayers to you all. {{{♥}}}

  9. jane thompson, August 12, 2014

    Heartfelt Sympathy
    May wonderful memories sustain you all .
    Jane & Bob

  10. Mandy (Ludlam) Melvin, August 12, 2014


  11. Your Daughter, August 12, 2014

    Dad, this is the hardest note I will ever have to write. You were the most amazing father a child could ever ask for.iI will miss you so dearly everyday. You were the reason why our family is the way it is. We had a special bond that was inseprateable. How you made us laugh and your pranks, I can see your tummy shaking now! Also you gave us serious talks and talks of encouragement and direct us on how to be the men and women Kevin and I have become. Louie and I and the girls were so happy to have these last few months with you and comfort you and spoil you. I will never have any regrets. You are my life and you knew that. I am also glad we had that talk on Thursday. We needed that. I will forever miss you and love you Dad and as I promised you I will always make sure your Darlin is safe and never lonely. Thank you for being the most AMAZING Pop Pop my kids were so lucky to have you. Louie loved you as his own Dad. He is taking this hard but his great memories are keeping him strong. He loved you as you know Pop as he would call you. And last but not least…. Landon and Gage just adored you and we know how you sparkled when they were with you. Until we meet again a Dad please continue to shine down on all of us I will look for you every night. I love you to eternity and beyond! ~Tracey~

  12. don bitner, August 12, 2014

    Sorry about your loss Quinn was agreat friend and neighbor He was a very happy person and fun to be with. He showed me how to carve a grab. He will be surely missed.Love janetand Don Bitner and White Mink Staff

  13. Bobby & Darlene, August 12, 2014

    our brother & sister and family , we are sadden by our loss, we will surely miss him. we were blessed to get to be around him. God surely has a placed for him. Take care and God Bless. We love you all

  14. Phyllis A. Blanchfield (Thompson), August 12, 2014

    Shirley and family, I was saddened to read about Quinn’s passing. You were very lucky to have someone love you with all his heart for so long.

  15. Dave Cochran, August 13, 2014

    Shirley and Family;
    You were both great neighbors, both of you very special. Since our move to Texas, have not had the pleasure of your company, but Peggy and I have talked about the times often.
    He will be missed, but he is now in a better place.
    Peggy and Dave Cochran
    Montgomery, TX

  16. Carol Oesterbo, August 13, 2014

    Shirley and Family:
    My prayers are with you all. Thanks for letting me dance with Quinn – the cha-cha and jitterbug will not be the same. The friendships we have all developed at Delaware Park have created a Family and Quinn will be missed deeply, but know Shirley that we (I) will be here for you and your family. Kim (in Ohio), Kim,Kathleen, Lesma,Bessie,Sis, Joanne, Iemeldia,Georgia& Family,Tony, plus so many more are keeping you in our prayers. Love, Carol O.

  17. Diane Jenkins, August 14, 2014

    Shirley and family,
    Quinn will always be remembered by his classmates. Class of 62 of Penns Grove will never have such a wonderful, cheerful and a great guy as Quinn was. Many years though the years we have been together day after day so when we loss a classmate it affects us all. Quinn was such a major part of our class.
    He will be missed. Prayers go out for you Shirley and family.
    Diane and the Class of 62

  18. Corrine & Jim Goodman, August 14, 2014

    We will have the greatest memories of our dear friend and neighbor, Quinn. He could make us laugh if
    we were down and out. He could tell a story that would make us shed tears of laughter. He was also a
    very talented guy who loved tinkering with old cars and trucks. We will always remember how Quinn could dance. He was a jitterbugger that could out-dance anyone else on the dance floor. He loved music and actually owned a real jukebox filled with music on 45s from our teenage years. He and Shirley were hysterical together. Kevin and our two sons, Brian and Keith, grew up together St. Georges Heights. God bless Shirley, Kevin, Tracey and the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Just remember, your Dad and Granddad will be watching and guiding you as he always did, just from above, another shining star, another Angel..

  19. Galen and Tessie, August 15, 2014

    Shirley, We were so glad we met the both of you at Delaware Park. We had good times at dinner, dancing and Dover. Quinn will be missed. God bless you and your family. Love , Tessie


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