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Q Memorial events at end of September

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GORHAM – The inaugural Q Memorial Events are fast approaching!

Proceeds from all Q Memorial fundraising events in 2021 will be used to award scholarships to Gorham High School students in memory of David Michael Quintal “Q” and his contributions to the Gorham community, especially with softball.

The events are being coordinated by the Q Memorial Scholarship Team.

Quintal died unexpectedly from a massive heart attack at the age of 42 in on Sept. 27, 2020.

The 2022 inaugural memorial scholarship will be awarded to a GHS senior who plays softball or baseball.

David Quintal at home with one of his daughters. The Q Memorial Scholarship was created in his honor after his sudden death in September, 2020. Fundraising events will take place in Gorham from Sept. 20-Oct. 2. (Photo courtesy of the Quintal family)

“Starting with the homerun Dave promised he would hit for me the day after we met, to the travel tournament Makayla (our daughter) played in the day Dave died and everything in between, baseball and softball were always a huge part of our family’s life,” said his wife, Sunny.

Originally from Massachusetts, Quintal followed his brother’s footsteps and attended Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

When St. Joe’s initiated their Hall of Fame, Quintal was an inaugural inductee for his performance on the baseball field, especially at bat.

He is remembered fondly as being highly competitive and for his ability to pass on his passion and love for baseball and softball to Makayla and her teammates, whom he coached through the years. “He got a great deal of joy from coaching young ladies and teaching them sport,” said Keith Cloutier, a close family friend.

Quintal coached softball and basketball for six years and was a successful coach. His All-Star Softball team won a State title in Cal Ripken at the U10 level. The following year, Gorham’s softball program switched to Little League and his team won the District 6 Championship and finished third in the State Championship. He had a great deal of patience, which made him a great coach. The girls loved to play for him.

Additionally, Quintal was a dedicated employee of Olympia Sports for nearly 20 years, a backyard cornhole legend, and a loyal friend. He always had a smile on his face and was always positive.

The biggest role Quintal dedicated himself to, however, was as a husband and dad. He loved “his girls” more than anything. He was an extremely proud dad and tremendously devoted husband. His loss is felt every day among his family, friends, and in the Gorham community.

David Quintal, a former softball coach in Gorham, shares a moment with his family after a game. Quintal died suddenly in September, 2020, and the first fundraiser for the Q Memorial Scholarship in his honor will take place at the end of September. (Photo courtesy of the Quintal family)

In honor of Quintal and the first anniversary of his passing the events to benefit The Q Memorial Scholarship are:

* Thursday, Sept. 30: Q Memorial Blood Drive at Cressey United Methodist Church 1-6 p.m.

* Friday, Oct. 1: Q Memorial Golf Tournament at Gorham Country Club; 9 a.m. Shotgun Start

* Saturday, Oct 2: Q Memorial Block Party at Junction Bowl 12-6 p.m.

Sponsorships for these events are available at various levels. Other ways to contribute include providing items for the silent auction that is part of the events.

Contact  qmemorialsponsors@gmail.com, or Sunny Quintal at 207-615-5626.

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