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1945 James 2021

James Quick

October 26, 1945 — December 11, 2021

James Quick, 76, of Edgebrook and formerly of Lexington, MA, after a long illness passed away December 11, 2021.

A beautiful human being, Jim lived a quiet life that deeply touched many of us. Jim was the beloved and dedicated husband of Katherine for 54 years and the loving father of Alan Quick. He was the cherished "Cookie" of his grandsons Simon and Finn. Jim was the big-brother to Dee, Don, Randy and Theresa and brother-in-law to Paul and Ray. He was a proud uncle and a profound friend to many. Some of Jim's happiest times were exploring lakes in Maine with his friends and family, traveling to Europe with his wife, and trying to impart his scientific skills on to his son (a lost cause). He loved to play "May I" - a card game - with dear friends and family and always served as the merciless and punitive scorekeeper. He lived with his entire immediate family in Chicago and was never happier than the times he spent with his grandsons talking about baseball, Star Wars, and superheroes.

And Jim was a superhero to many of us. A retired chemist, Jim was a tireless researcher and explorer of the scientific world. He served as a mentor to many aspiring chemists and researchers throughout his long career and still worked as a sounding board for his former colleagues in retirement. In his later years, his disease destroyed his body but his mind was sharp and full. He continued to give of himself until the very end - thinking of others before himself, being there for his friends, and gently teasing his son. He was rolling his eyes and making (terrible) jokes up to the very end. In his final moments, Jim found profound peace and passed away on his own terms, surrounded by the love of his family.

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, Illinois.

A memorial service and scattering of his ashes is being planned for summertime in Jim's happy place - Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Remembrances of Jim, his life, and the way he touched others are always welcome. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a donation to The Myositis Association ( in his honor.

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