Vincent Quinn: Publicans mourn death of former manager at Quinn's bar

'A part of Camden Town history has died'

Friday, 4th March — By Tom Foot

Quinns CREDIT: JIM LINWOOD

Quinn’s [Jim Linwood]

CAMDEN’S family of publicans raised a glass to one of their own this week after the death of a legendary licensee.

Vincent Quinn, who is believed to have had a heart attack, had worked in Quinn’s since his family took over the bar in 1988 and turned it into an institution.

The pub was loved as the perfect answer to anyone asking “fancy another?” after the last orders bell rang at other bars in Camden Town.

And anyone who said yes would have most likely been served by Mr Quinn at some stage at the watering hole in Kentish Town Road.

He was remembered this week for his sense of humour, smart style and also as a welcoming man who behind the scenes looked out for some of most disadvantaged people around Camden Town.

Pub pals spoke about how he would be missed “on the street” as he regularly looked out for the homeless and had his ear to the ground as to what was going on in the “other parts of town”.

Elephant’s Head licensee Vince Heavey, who had known Mr Quinn for over 20 years, said: “Vince regularly came here after work for a few pints before he went home. I never asked him to pick up glasses. But if the bar was very busy, he’d be down the end of the bar picking up glasses, helping out.”

He added: “I was just speaking to a homeless woman who told me about Vince. She said she met him a week ago and he had given her £5. She also said to me that he put her up one night too.

“You know he didn’t tell people about that, that’s type of man he was.

“He was a friend of mine, he was one of the nicest guys in Camden and he’ll be sadly missed in Camden. He died too young.”

Vincent Quinn

Quinns, which is currently closed, is arguably Camden’s best known back street haunt.

Vince’s father, Pat Quinn, who died in 2017, had run the pub before him alongside his wife Margaret who had worked as a nurse and had been married for more than 60 years.

The family had previously run pubs in Southfields, Hammersmith, White City and The Wellington in Turnpike Lane. Quinn’s had previously been known as The Duck Inn.

Henry Conlon, landlord at the Dublin Castle, said: “Camden Town lost a dear friend in Vincent Quinn. He’d never fail to make you smile.
“He had remarkable wit and had the ability to find a pun or one-liner to twist a serious thought into a lighter note.”

He added: “Vincent was indeed the grapevine for many, he’d share the craic with you and you’d be likely to receive a touch of folklore or humour added by courtesy of this sweet child of Camden.

“He was one of our own and many shall be saddened to learn of his passing. However quiet he may often have seemed, Vincent would brighten the lives of those of us who were graced enough to ever be in his company.”

Sheephaven Bay landlord Pat Logue said: “When I arrived in Camden, Quinn’s was the nicest pub in the area – and the busiest – and with his mother and father they created a fantastic atmosphere.

“Us managers and publicans strived to match the Quinn’s factor. I have never met or will meet a more professional guy again. While working, he had time for everyone which will stay with me and others until we are called also.”

He added: “Vincent in his prime had no peers, he loved socialising, especially, at the Camden publican meetings, where we all took on board his pub experiences, which he shared gladly.

“A part of Camden Town history has died, but myself and others will remember Vince with fondness and the great memories we have of our dearly departed friend.”

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