Eileen Quirke Neville

April 30th, 2019

Eileen Quirke Neville, age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Arlington, passed away at home on April 30, 2019.

Eileen was born in Somerville, MA on July 6, 1927; she was the devoted wife to the late John J. Neville and the cherished daughter of the late Michael and Nellie Quirke. Eileen lived much of her early life amongst family in the home in Arlington where she was raised.

She was a graduate of Arlington High School and went on to further her education by earning her bachelor’s degree in education from Salem State Teacher’s College followed by two master’s degrees from Boston University and Tufts University.

Eileen was employed for over 30 years as a beloved teacher at the Fiske School in Lexington, MA. She was always willing to go the “extra mile” to help any child in need and took the time to mentor many.

Eileen was known to be an avid dancer; she enjoyed going to many dances with her friends and it was at one of her favorite dance halls that she met her future husband John Neville. Eileen and John shared those special dances as a married couple for over 38 years before his passing in 2015. They also looked forward to traveling and seeing new places and spending their winters in Florida.

Eileen was warmly welcomed into the “Neville Clan” and soon thereafter became a grandmother to the first of many grandchildren. Eileen loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she just loved to watch them grow and flourish into wonderful people. She will be fondly remembered and forever missed.

was the dear sister of Mary Remmert of Arlington and the late Paul Quirke, beloved step-mother of Jeanne Mieszczanski & husband Chris of Chelmsford, J. Christopher Neville & wife Carol of Wilmington, Mark Neville & wife Deb of Mashpee, Lauren Desforge & husband Peter of Westford, Brian Neville & wife Donna of Haverhill, Keith Neville & wife Tina of Pittsfield and Gary Neville & wife Lynn of Wilmington. Loving “Grandma” of 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She also shared a deep relationship with her niece and goddaughter Maryellen Remmert-Loud and Maryellen’s son Michael Loud.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Agnes Parish, 51 Medford St., Arlington at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Eileen’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “Eileen Quirke Neville”

  1. Paul Neville says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I wonder if her late husband, John, might have been my father’s first cousin. My father was Edward Neville. John had two brothers, James and William. William also lived in Arlington. He also had two sisters, Mary and Winifred. Did John die in 1968? If so, I would like to hear from the family to exchange genealogical information.
    Again, I am sorry for your loss. My mother, Mary Neville, taught in Lex. as well.

  2. Howard M Stevens III says:

    My thoughts and Prayers for the Neville Family.

  3. Martha Bayliss Whyte says:

    Sorry to hear about the passing of one of my teachers at Fiske – very fond memories of her as a great teacher.

  4. Stephanie Bayliss says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was one of my teachers at Fiske – she dedicated so many years to so many of us!

  5. Frank West says:

    Karen and I offer our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family of Mrs. Neville. Gid bless her family now and always.

  6. Cindy Field says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Eileens passing. She was a wonderful woman who will be missed. I did her hair at Windsor. My sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved her. ????????

  7. Bill Koning says:

    I had Miss Quirk for 6th grade in Lexington, at Fiske School. I have great memories of my time with Miss Quirk, and have never forgotten her. I would like to share a particular experience I remember like it was yesterday and exemplifies what a Great teacher Miss Quirk was.

    I had Miss Quirk for 6th grade, and she was awesome…She truly cared about her students, and went out of her way to help them succeed, I recall November 22, 1963 and the day went as usual in the morning, but when we returned from lunch, Miss quirk was very subdued, and she sat in front of the class and read from a book about American Presidents and the American way of life… never saying anything about what had happened in Dallas, but we understood her message after we found out the reason for it, once the announcement came we understood. We lined up at the door, to go and catch the bus, and the intercom came on just before the bell rang and it was Augustus Young, the principle… he announced that the President had been shot and had died, you could have heard a pin drop…Miss Quirk was doing her best to hold back the tears, and we left for the bus… all the way home the bus was quiet… we did not know what the actual impact of this event was going to be… I can remember miss Quirk from that day like it was yesterday… RIP Miss Quirk, you’ll not be forgotten

  8. Lauren Desforge says:

    On behalf of the Neville family, thank you for your kind thoughts and honoring Miss Quirke’s (Neville) memory. She would be pleased to know she had an impact on her students. Bill, thank you for sharing your memory of November 22, 1963. It is a glimpse into her teaching skill as she managed to provide a beautiful teaching moment as a national tragedy was unfolding.

    Paul, my dad John was the second youngest of 12 children, so it is possible there is some connection. He grew up in Saugus and passed in 2015.
    Sincerely, Lauren (Neville) Desforge

  9. Wanda Stakutis says:

    Miss Quirke was my 6th grade teacher at Fiske and the teacher who most influenced me. She made it OK for girls to be smart, way back in 1967.
    Fondest memory is on a beautiful spring day the entire class was unruly and she made us all go outside and run around the backstop until we got it out of our system.

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