San Andreas community figure
Alexander Anthony “Junior” Quinones, died Sunday, Jan. 6, at his home in San Andreas. He was 76.
Mr. Quinones was born Feb. 23, 1936, in Coloma to Alejandro Perez and Carmen Cortez Quinones. At 2 months of age he moved with his family to San Andreas and lived there throughout the rest of his life.
Mr. Quinones was one of seven siblings. He was an electrician by trade and worked for Calaveras Cement Plant up until its closing in 1987. Mr. Quinones was the union president for the Cement Plant; United Lime and Gypsum Workers Local 57 and the vice president of the Union’s Western Regional District.
He was owner/operator of Quinones Electric and cared for many of the community’s electric needs.
Mr. Quinones is most remembered for the giving of his time, talents and resources toward bettering his community. He worked to establish the San Andreas Ball Park and Turner Park including installation of its lights and fixtures. Mr. Quinones was a member of the San Andreas Community Covenant Church and was instrumental in many facets of the building of a new sanctuary in 1976, and then an expansion to add office space and Sunday school rooms in 2006.
He was a volunteer fireman for many years and became the fire chief of the San Andreas Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Quinones spearheaded the development of Santa’s Express, served on the Human Resource Council board of directors, promoted the work of Murphys Friends, Cub Scouts, the Cemetery District and the San Andreas Town Hall Restoration, just to name a few.
His passion remained in his service with Mexicali Outreach through the San Andreas Community Covenant Church. For more than 20 years he traveled with the youth and church members to Mexico to assist a small village called K-49 at Francisco Murgia. The team’s goal was to equip, assist and enhance the village. They were able compete projects such as building a home for a resident physician, refurbishing an orphanage, installation of a ballfield, and many other projects. A Bible school for the children occurred each year.
Mr. Quinones is survived by his wife of more than 54 years, Geraldine Quinones; three children, Lynette Rapetti (John), Tami Sterrett (Tom) and Michael Quinones; and two grandsons. He is further survived by his sister, Rosemary Carney, and four brothers, Hank Quinones, Paul Quinones (Karin), Sam Quinones and David Quinones; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Quinones was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Hipolito Quinones.
The family of Alexander Quinones Jr. will hold a private burial at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in San Andreas. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at San Andreas Community Covenant Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Quinones’ name to Mexicali Outreach through the San Andreas Community Covenant Church. The Outreach team is planning a trip to Mexico in spring of 2013 to deliver and install playground equipment. The trip will also serve as a time of tribute within the village to Mr. Quinones. The address of the Church is P.O. Box 810, San Andreas, CA 95249 and may be reached at 754-3881.