Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Thomas Edward “Tom” Quinlan

Thomas Edward “Tom” Quinlan, age 49, of Shelby, died unexpectedly following cardiac arrest on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital.

Tom was born on June 17, 1972 in Crestline, OH. He was a 1991 graduate of Shelby High School and attended Pioneer Joint Vocational School in the culinary arts program. Tom thoroughly enjoyed cooking. He had worked at The Coffee Shop in downtown Shelby as their head cook and in various jobs in Akron before becoming disabled. Tom was a member of the Messiah’s House of Prayer in Shiloh.

Tom loved to watch NFL football and wrestling, especially WWE and Hulk Hogan. He enjoyed playing the lottery- scratch offs were his favorite. Tom was a joker and loved to make people laugh. Although Tom was private, he never knew a stranger and was always kind to those he met.

Tom is survived by his loving mother, who was his best friend, and step-father: Debbie and Dan Heichelbech of Shelby; beloved sister: Jenny Amstutz of San Francisco, CA; cherished children: Michael Quinlan and Heather Quinlan Kirscher both of PA; grandson: Elijah; two grandsons on the way; special aunt and cousin: Carol Salvati and Shawn; dear girlfriend: Margie; best dog: Winston; and other relatives and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his father: Ronald Eugene Quinlan.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 11-1pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 1 pm. Pastor Bill Howell will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby.

For those unable to attend, sympathy may be expressed by leaving an online condolence on Tom’s obituary at or by leaving a comment on his obituary post on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

To view Tom’s tribute video, click the link provided:

Memories & Condolence

  1. Tara Amstutz says:

    sorry for your loss he we will always be remembered and you are in our thoughts mark and tara amstutz

  2. Diane Bumpus says:

    Deb, my heart is breaking for you . .
    My prayers are with you as you travel this journey. May God hold you and comfort you though this difficult walk. I love you sis….

  3. Terry Lawson says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Toms passing he had many staff members that send condolences to Toms family during his stay at Liberty nursing center he made many friends that are saddened to hear of his passing may God comfort you at this time

  4. Cameron says:

    My sincerest condolences… Tom and his family have always been a 2nd family to me… from the countless trips we all had and countless nights with them. Tom was always a great man with nothing but kindness to give… my condolences to the family in this trying time

  5. Pat Keen says:

    Deb and Dan
    i am so sorry to read about your son.. You are in my prayers for peace ad comfort

  6. Amber Macey says:

    Condolences to my second family during this time. I’ll never forget all the great moments we have shared with Tom . He was hilarious and had a sense of humor not many have! I’ll never forget the time he had a fake witch nose on with goofy glasses orders a small fry from McDonald’s with it on and asks the lady a bunch of funny questions and everyone laughed the whole night. There are so many memories with laughter and joy. Until we meet again rest easy father Quinlan ❤️

  7. Jamie Brown says:

    I sure hate to hear this!! All the memories we shared are the good old times Bro… You and Marianne, we had lots of fun just us and Marianne just knowing your not part of this world makes this world makes it sadder!! Fly High my bro!!!! God Bless your heart Brother!!! Like Marianne said you can rest now!!
    Prayers for Your Mama and Marianne and your kids!!! God Rest Your Soul! — Your Bro. In Christ Jamie!!!

  8. Jamie Brown says:

    Listen To This Ya’ll who is grieving His passing how It feels to be forgiven by Jesus our loving Savior!!!!
    Bro. Jamie Brown

  9. Brenda Applegate says:

    I love you very much Tommy, I loved your dad too. I did not know where to see you because of the different locations you had. I pray you are resting in peace now
    I do care very much. I will miss you.

  10. Aunt Margie & Karl says:

    Mari, Heather, Mike & Quinlan family we can never express our condolences just know we are Praying since Wednesday. We will add you all to our Church Prayer list, also. R.I.P Tom, you know we always liked you.

  11. Jackie Matovich says:

    My condolences to you, Mike and family. So sorry for your loss.

  12. Vonda says:

    So sorry for your loss. Hold to Gods unchanging hand to get you through this. You are in my prayers. Much love from my family and the crew at Willard Church of God/ The Blessing Basket

  13. Denim Robinette says:

    Rest easy buddy! Me and Tom always had our lockers close together in school. Tommy has always been fun, I seen him a few years back at Quiznos and he instantly knew who I was! My mom had a stay with him at the nursing home and she really enjoyed Tommy’s company! Gone too soon!

  14. Chuck hoskins says:

    Brother you will always be missed.i will never forget the road trips every weekend r.i.p bro

  15. Joyce and Joannie says:

    Sorry for your loss, Tommy will be missed, and he love to joke with people to make them laugh. Tommy was a very respectable guy. Praying for the family, God Bless You All.

  16. Frank Diebert says:

    Hey buddy just like Chuck said will never forget the road trips and wrestling. Allot of fun times and memories. Rest in peace Bro

  17. Vicky walker says:

    I am very sorry Deb. I just don’t know what to say. I am glad God reunited us when he was getting home care. I thought the world of Tommy. I’ll never forget first time I met him. Long story but he was there because my mom brought him home our friendship snowballed from there. I’ll be praying for all of you.burrying a child is never easy.

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