Tim Quinn dies at 62

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At this time a Celebration of Life is being planned for later in January. Watch the Gazette for further information.

Renowned artist and Sequim Gazette cartoonist Tim Quinn was found dead in his apartment late Saturday morning, Dec. 19, from what appears to be natural causes.

“There’s no way to be certain until the autopsy but it appears to be natural causes. Foul play does not appear to be involved,” said Sequim Police Lt. Sheri Crain on Saturday.

An autopsy by the Kitsap County medical examiner tentatively was scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22.

The autopsy is being handled by the Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office, which serves as the coroner in counties Clallam’s size.

Quinn’s body was discovered by Allen Drake, co-owner of the Sunshine Cafe, and John Duffy.

They went to check on Quinn, whose apartment is upstairs from the restaurant, because they hadn’t seen him for a few days, said Drake’s wife, Dianne.

When no one answered the door, Duffy crawled through an open window and found the body. She called 9-1-1, Dianne said.

The area around Quinn’s apartment, which includes the back entrances to the Sunshine Cafe and Sequim Gazette, was taped off until late Saturday night while police investigated.

“It took a while because we wanted to be thorough,” Crain said.

Quinn had been the editorial cartoonist for the Jimmy Come Lately Gazette and Sequim Gazette newspapers since 1984.

He previously lived in Huntington Beach, Calif., and on a farm northeast of Seattle.

Besides his cartooning, Quinn also was known for his wood carvings, some of which decorated the area outside his apartment.

He painted the “Olympic Visions” and “Sluicing the Hogback” murals in downtown Port Angeles and created the theme for the 100th anniversary of the Sequim Irrigation Festival.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary E. Quinn, who died in July 2007.

Besides his father, he is survived by his brothers William J. Quinn, of Auburn, and Peter J. Quinn, of Olympia; sister Katherine Fite of Fresno, Calif.; and a son Sean.

No formal service is planned although his friends are organizing a celebration of life to be announced. His black cat “Spooky” has been adopted by friends.

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