William Danforth Quimby


William Danforth Quimby passed away on Sept. 27, two days before his 89th birthday.

Mr. Quimby was born on Sept. 29, 1925, in Manchester, N.H., to William Don Quimby and Anna Marie Cedar Quimby. Bill resided for many years on Boston’s North Shore, Bedford, N.H., and for the past 16 years in Pagosa Springs.

He served as a U.S. Navy Corpsman in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After a two-year engagement, Bill married Gloria W. Chamberlain on March 12, 1949, at her home in Alton, N.H. For 65 .5 years, their partnership and their bond held together through all that life had to offer. Their union gave the world three remarkable daughters: Cheryl Ann Quimby Mahen and her husband, James Louis Mahen, Jr.; Candace Lynn Quimby Bach and her husband, Gilbert Joseph Bach; Kimberly Jayne Quimby-Bishop and her husband, Stuart Whitney Bishop; nine grandchildren and 11-plus great-grandchildren.

This remarkable family is Bill’s legacy to the world. It was built on trust, caring, sharing, teaching, encouraging, believing in their abilities, celebrating their successes and always being there through the tough times and the good times. The family celebrated their father’s and grandfather’s life before his death. Bill was a man of unshakable integrity; a lifelong student, yet always the professor who inspired his family to strive for higher goals. He had a contagious laugh and a sense of humor that surrounded the family and kept them closer together. He was a man for all seasons who was loved and respected by all who have known him.

Anyone wanting to pay tribute to Bill’s memory can contribute to University of Washington Medicine Center For Cancer Innovation at http://cci.washington.edu/#1. Checks can be payable to UW Foundation. Please have donors indicate that the gifts are in memory of William Quimby and that the funds are to go to Center for Cancer Innovation Fund. This can be written in the memo section or with an attached note. UW acknowledges all gifts, and they notify the donors to thank them and let them know that their gift was received. Their address is UW Foundation Gift Processing, Box 359505, Seattle, WA 98195-9505.