Agency has history of
'lacing up' for city
Special to the Gazette 07/07/2001
TAUNTON -- The head
of the family that runs Allan M. Walker and Co. Insurance has community
involvement down cold -- ice cold. Joseph I. Quinn, owner of the firm where
son Michael is treasurer and Terrence is vice president, is the long-time
coach of Coyle and Cassidy
High School hockey.
"My son, Brian,
was in hockey there in 1970, and they had just opened the New Bedford rink
where they had a chance to skate, but they needed an adult supervisor, so I
went down, bought the Sunday paper and sat in the stands to read it," Quinn
said. "By the second Sunday after watching the kids I said, 'No, this
isn't gonna work,' so I dug out my old skates and showed them how to run a
later, Coyle and Cassidy was in the old Bristol County League and Quinn was
full-time coach. Laughing about it now, he said, "They needed somebody
with a little hockey knowledge who'd do it for nothing. I guess I qualified
on both counts."
Now age 76, he's been for 31 years. And besides volunteering countless
hours on the ice, Quinn and company have also, over the years, bought
equipment and ice time for the team, though he modestly declined talking
about the monetary contributions.