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Galen Cimino Quist 1949-2022

It is with profound sadness we mourn the loss of Galen Cimino Quist. He died on May 3, 2022 at The Connecticut Hospice of Branford, Ct, after a long and difficult battle with cancer. Galen was 73 years of age.

Galen was born July 29, 1949 in New Milford, CT the son of the late Jerri and George Quist. He lived his entire life in Washington, Ct. He is survived by his brother Jayson and Jayson’s partner Burt Lazarus. He also left behind Barrie Johnson, his long time love and partner of 35 years, Barrie’s sons Jesse and Trevor and their wives Marion and Mollie. He cherished Barrie’s grandchildren Skylar, Cole, Elliott, PK and Campbell all of whom affectionately called him “Grumpy”. He is also survived by his first cousin Nancy (Cimino) Carcara and her family and numerous Quist first cousins and their families.

Galen spent nearly half his life a as target for cancer and a miracle of recovery …he battled and won each time. His doctors and friends would remind him that his job here was not done, as he continued to help many others find sobriety as he had “one day at a time” for 40 years.

Galen was a compassionate man and a force for good. …His quick wit will be missed around town- beguiling merchants and friends. He was a great listener.. always catching the small things. He was direct, kind and funny. He was first and foremost a lover of animals. He was a woodsman, cutting firewood, and landscaping. He knew the art of building stonewalls. He hiked the trails of Steep Rock and knew them well. He would say his Church was among the trees.

Galen would begin each day in most recent years contemplating the words of the Dali Lama, and reading the NY Times. He read The New Yorker from cover to cover and was a fan of non fiction books. His pleasures were various Sports, (forever a John Madden/Raiders fan) and watching old Samurai movies and Turner Classic Movies. His keen eye and mind made him a talented critic of film and photography. He loved Radio, listening Sunday nights to ” Echoes” and “Hearts in Space", Big Band music some week nights, and off-beat WPKN shows.

Memorial Donations in remembrance of Galen can be sent to The Washington Ambulance Association, or The Washington Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 294, Washington Depot, CT 06794.

There will be a service for Galen held at the Riverwalk Pavilion in Washington Depot on June 1st, 11 am. His close friend the Rev Doug Bixby will be conducting the service. Bring a lawn chair if you wish in case of spillover onto the lawn. A reception will be held at The Washington Club Hall on the green immediately following. In case of nasty weather, the service will be held at The Salem Covenant Church, 96 Baldwin Hill Road. The reception on the green will be as planned.

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