World War II Veteran Who Escaped Through
Joseph F. Quirk, 90, died on November 21,
2010. Born in Philadelphia, he was a lifelong resident of Collingdale and a graduate of Collingdale High School, Class
of 1939; where he was an outstanding scholar and athlete- a four year, four letter varsity athlete who also won numerous state
medals for track and field.
He was employed by the Boeing Company as
a Production Control Supervisor for over 38 years.
Serving in the US Army Air Force, Mr. Quirk
was shot down and escaped through the Jade-Fitzroy section of the French Resistance during World War II. The information
from his escape and the French Resistance was instrumental for strategic landings on Normandy beaches on D-Day. His
story was detailed in the documentary “Rose” by British filmmaker William Ennals in 2006. His story has
also been featured in newspapers and is documented in both French and British history books as well as the PA Veterans History
Project and the US Armed Forces Escape and Evasion Society of which he was a member.
Mr. Quirk served on Collingdale Borough
Council for many years. He also served on the Collingdale and Southeast Delco School Boards and as a community liaison
was instrumental in the establishment of the Delaware County Community College. He was a charter member of the Marshall-McKay
VFW Post #5428 in Collingdale and was one of the founders of the Collingdale Swim Club. He was an officer and active
in the Collingdale High School Alumni Association.
He was a devoted family man who enjoyed
spending time with his family, especially summers in Ocean View, New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years,
Sarah White Quirk; his son, George (Toni) Quirk of Folcroft; his daughters, Linda (Joe) Kelly of Collingdale and Eileen Young
of Prospect Park; his ten grandchildren; and his thirteen great-grandchildren.
His funeral service will be on Saturday
at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood. His visitation will be on Saturday from 9:30 A.M.
to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. His burial will be with military honors in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.
Contributions: May be made to Collingdale
High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1426, Collingdale, Pa. 19023; or to the Alzheimer’s Association,
P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or to Crossroads Hospice, 300 Lakeside Drive, #120, Horsham, Pa. 19044-2356.