Dicky Dean Quillen Jr., 41, passed away at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., on Nov. 30, 2018, surrounded by loving family and friends.
It took a village to support Quillen with his many medical challenges and, in return, he gave back in numerous ways. His warm presence touched everyone, especially all the children who grew up in his company and who learned so much from their relationship with him.
Quillen went to Howard T. Ennis School and to the Sussex County Orthopedic School in Seaford (Del.) High School. After graduation, he attended the Easter Seals Day Program and Delaware Mentor Center. Quillen was supported in a residence program in Morris Manor at the Stockley Center campus and then at his home with Delaware Mentor at Fall Brook.
He loved to travel, touring up and down the East Coast and Canada, as well as cruising the Caribbean. He experienced the heights of his world from the top of Whiteface Mountain, home of the Olympics, to the top of the Empire State Building. He enjoyed exploring life on train rides, boat outings, beaches and city streets.
Quillen was preceded in death by his sister, Lorretta Quillen. Two devoted families worked together throughout his life — the Quillen and Moon Hughes families. He leaves behind his father, Dicky Dean Quillen Sr. and his wife, Peggy, of Bridgeville, Del.; his mother, Brenda Quillen of Lakeland, Fla.; his sisters, Sara Quillen of Lakeland, and Lorie Pacheco and her husband, Martin, of Bridgeville; and eight nieces and nephews
At age 8, Quillen was enfolded into the home of Kathy Moon Hughes, daughter of the Rev. Frank Moon and Barbra Moon. In that family, his sisters were Anna Hughes Piccolo and her husband, Matt, of Milton, Del., and Amy Moon Hughes of Millsboro, Del.; an uncle, Rick Moon and his wife, Jane, of North River, N.Y.; and a nephew.
His family extended their gratitude for all the fantastic medical care throughout the years, to doctors and nurses at Beebe’s Emergency Room, Third Floor and ICU, A.I. Dupont Institute, Kennedy Krieger of Baltimore, Md., and St. Christopher Hospital of Philadelphia.
A celebration of Quillen’s life was to be held Dec. 6, 2018, at the Long Neck chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. Interment was to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to one of the above institutes or to a charity of the giver’s choice.