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Obituary: The Reverend Congreve H. Quinby, 1928-2018 

Published June 18, 2018 at 5:30 a.m. | Updated June 18, 2018 at 1:36 p.m.


Congreve H. Quinby, 89, of Burlington, Vt, died on June 14, 2018, at home.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., to H. Dean Quinby Jr. and Alice H. Onderdonk on November 28, 1928, he graduated from Phillip’s Academy, Williams College and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and served as a naval intelligence officer during the Korean War. He married Constance L. Philp in May 1958.

He served churches in southern California and Kansas City, Mo., before becoming rector in 1985 of Trinity Church, Potsdam, N.Y. In retirement, he assisted at parishes in northern New York as part of the Regional Ministry of St. Lawrence County. In 2002, he and his wife moved to Burlington, where he served as supply clergy in parishes throughout northern New York and Vermont. His concern for the marginalized found new outlets as a volunteer with the Kairos Prison Ministry and cofounder of Camp Agape Vermont, a summer camp for children who have an incarcerated parent. He also volunteered through the Vermont Department of Corrections and Burlington Community Justice Center as a COSA team member helping prisoners reintegrate into the community.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Edith L. Quinby (Paul Cochran) and Carol Q. Hunter (Richard); and three grandchildren, Quinby, Laura and Nathan Hunter.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. on June 30, 2018, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Burlington. There will be no calling hours. Memorials may be given to Camp Agape Vermont, P.O. Box 8283, Essex, VT 05451-8283.

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