Gay Quitsch, age 69, of Whiting, NJ passed away December 29th at Community Medical in Tom’s River. He is predeceased his wife of 50 years, Mary Quitsch, who passed away earlier this fall.
Gay was born to the late Gerard and Anne Quitsch, June 10, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Alexander Hamilton Vocational High School in 1968.
He married Mary Quitsch on September 19, 1970, and they lived together in New York for 24 years before relocating to Florida in 1994, and finally retiring in Whiting in 2013. Gay is survived by his three children: Marc Quitsch (of Staten Island), Lisa Quitsch (of Tampa, FL), and Samantha Downing (of Tampa, FL); his four grandchildren: Tiffany Slater (of Asheville, NC), Thomas Yannotti (of Tampa, FL), Marc Quitsch, Jr. (of Staten Island), Mason Quitsch (of Staten Island), as well as his great grandson: Noah Slater (of Asheville, NC). He is also survived by his sister, Susan Sudano; brother-in-law, Nick Sudano; and brother-in-law, Frank Petralia. Special references to his other loved ones: Janine Quitsch, Aaron Downing, and Jack Slater.
Gay was a lover of music and was incredibly skilled on his guitar and vocals. His favorite artist to play was Cat Stevens. He also loved all things sports and was a top athlete in every sport he ever played when growing up. He often shared his thoughts through poetry, including this prayer he wrote in 2013:
“I thank the Lord for the air I breathe, and for this special gift of life. For the sun that shines upon the earth, and the moon that lights the night.
I thank him for the friends I have, and for my family. I thank him for my very soul, and all he’s given me…”
A memorial will be postponed due to covid, but details will be shared with friends and family when available. In the interim, we invite all to remember Gay by lighting a candle in his memory. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to RWJBarnabas, who cared for Gay during his final weeks.
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