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Leo Thomas “Papa” Quinlan
January 6, 1930 – September 25, 2023

Leo Thomas Quinlan, affectionately known as “Papa,” was born on January 6, 1930, in the Pincher Creek area. Growing up as the youngest of six children to Tom and Agnus Quinlan, Leo experienced a childhood filled with love and laughter. After completing high school, he embarked on a career as a rodman on a highway survey crew. Leo’s exceptional talent and determination quickly propelled him to higher positions within the crew. By the age of 19, he had become a party chief. It was during this time in Rocky Mountain House that he met Marie Rollier, the love of his life. They married soon after and started their family, welcoming their first son Terry in Fort St. John. Subsequently, they moved to Rocky Mountain House and expanded their family with three more children: Donna, Lee, and Holly. Leo’s career continued to flourish, and he eventually became a supervisor for Century Geophysical in Calgary. Meanwhile, Leo and Marie established their own business, Quinlan Inspection, which later caught the attention of Consolidated X-Ray. Through hard work and determination, Leo transformed Consolidated X-Ray into an industry leader before selling the business in 1984. In addition to his involvement in the business world, Leo silently contributed to the success of Rollier Construction and eventually took on an active management role. In 1979, Leo and Marie relocated to their dream home on a farm in Rocky Mountain House. After retiring, Leo indulged in his passions for fishing and wintering in Yuma. After Marie’s passing, Leo found new love in Geane Davison, whom he married in 2012. Together, they enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Yuma. Leo and Geane later settled in Olds, where they spent 11 blissful years together. Throughout his life, Leo was an adventurer in every sense of the word. He pursued various interests, including piloting, deep-sea fishing, pool, and golf. Above all, Leo cherished his role as a family man and a kind-hearted soul. While his final journey may have begun, there is no doubt that Leo continues to explore and eagerly awaits his next adventure. Leo will forever be missed and loved.

Leo is survived by his beloved wife, Geane Quinlan, his children Terry and Donna Quinlan, Donna and Cliff Galey, Lee and Carey Quinlan, Holly and Alex Illes, Todd and Pat Quinlan, his 12 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Additionally, Geane’s five children and their spouses, along with 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, mourn the loss of Leo. A memorial service in honor of Leo will be held at the St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Rocky Mountain House on October 4, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. The family requests that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made in Leo’s name to the charity chosen by the donor. Messages of condolence can be forwarded to [funeral home website]. Cremation services have been entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The arrangements are being handled by Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, reachable at 403 845 2626.

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