Donald Quay was born on December 14, 1921 in Knox, the son of Daniel Webster Quay who married second Bertha Mae Bradt, the daughter of William J. Bradt and Nellie J. Countryman. His siblings were:
- Thaddeus Quay - Thaddeus Quay, Galway or Altamont
- Robert Quay - Robert Quay, Schenectady
- James H. Quay
- Helen Quay married Walter A. Coulter - Mrs. Walter (Helen) Coulter
- Richard D. Quay - Richard Quay of Union Springs or Tennessee
- Rosemary Quay - Mrs. Merlin (Lois) Tubbs, Knox or Altamont
Daniel Webster Quay married ABT 1879 Idella Batcher, the daughter of Theodore Batcher and Margaret Livingston. His half- siblings were:
- Edward Quay - died young
- Edith Quay
- Arthur C. Quay
- Ethel Quay
NOTE: Robert Quay obituary lists Bessie Dunleavy of Scotia as half sister but she was the daughter of Arthur C. Quay.
Marriage and Children
Donald Quay married Vivian Lorraine Coulter on November 23, 1949 in Schenectady. His wife died on May 21, 1997. They had three sons and two daughters.
- Peter Donald Quay and his wife, Brenda of Norwich, Connecticut
- Keith Robert Quay and his wife, Carolee of Norwich, Connecticut
- Wayne Daniel Quay and his wife Cheryl of Norwich, Connecticut
- Donna Lorraine Gendreau and her husband, Roy, of East Windsor, Connecticut
- Patricia Diane Brown and her husband, Robert, of Montville, Connecticut.
Donald Quay served in the U.S. Army in Europe during the war as a radio operator. He was awarded a Bronze Star.
Donald died in a Connecticut Hospital on April 28, 2008.
Donald was buried May 1, 2008 in Maplewood Cemetery.
Donald Quay, a World War II veteran and an engineer, died on April 28, 2008 in a hospital in Connecticut where he lived. He was 86. Mr. Quay was born on December 14, 1921 in Knox, the son of Daniel Webster Quay and Bertha Mae Bradt Quay. He married Vivian Lorraine Coulter on November 23, 1949 in Schenectady. His wife died on May 21, 1997. He served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II as a radio operator and was awarded a Bronze Star. He always blamed his right ear hearing loss on the trip home from Europe on the boat. Following the war, he attended and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, in 1951, with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He worked first for American Locomotive in Dunkirk, New York while he and his family resided in Fredonia, New York. In 1962 he moved to New London, Connecticut and where the family spent nine months. He started work for the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in 1962, working as an engineer in the nuclear shielding area, a job in which he thrived. He moved to Montville, Connecticut in 1963 and bought the house in which he lived in for the rest of his life. He retired in 1986 to be home to care for his wife. He was active for a period at the United Presbyterian Church in Groton and then at the Montville Center Congregational Church where he served as deacon and moderator, he was a member of the local VFW, and a life member of the American Legion Post in Dunkirk. He enjoyed playing bridge during lunch hours while at work. And, at home, his hobbies included daily cryptograms, woodworking, tinkering with anything that needed repair, gardening and being at home, making dandelion wine. In his retirement he enjoyed pinochle outings with friends. Following his wife's death he spent time traveling with his children to Quay, New Mexico; Orlando, Florida and other locations. In his later years, he was slowed by his illnesses but enjoyed reading, his grandchildren, and frequent family outings. He is survived by three sons, Peter Donald Quay and his wife, Brenda; Keith Robert Quay and his wife, Carolee; and Wayne Daniel Quay and his wife Cheryl--all of Norwich, Connecticut and by two daughters, Donna Lorraine Gendreau and her husband, Roy, of East Windsor, Connecticut and Patricia Diane Brown and her husband, Robert, of Montville, Connecticut. He was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Thaddeus Quay of Altamont, Richard Quay of Tennessee; and two sisters, Helen Coulter and Rosemary Tubbs of Altamont. The funeral services are today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the Church & Allen Funeral Home in Norwich, Connecticut; burial will immediately follow at Maplewood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made Parkinsons Disease to Connecticut Chapter/APDA, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473. An online memorial is at www.mem.com. Published at The Altamont Enterprise, Page 18, 1 May 2008 Issue.
KNOX — Daniel Webster Quay was born Aug. 6,1858 and died Jan. 22, 1937. Daniel and his first wife, Idella Batcher, had three children — Arthur, Edith, and Ethel.
After Idella's death, Daniel married Bertha Bradt and they had seven children — Thaddeus, Helen, Donald, Robert, James, Richard, and Rosemary. It is the descendants of these 10 children Who are the guests at the annual Quay reunion.