Nicholas Quinif

Nicholas James Quinif

Wednesday, April 15th, 1953 - Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
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Nicholas James Quinif, M.D., a retired urologist, died at his home in Highlands, NC on December 17th, 2019, due to complications from metastatic melanoma. He was 66.

Born in Toledo, OH on April 15th, 1953, he was the son of the late Richard Quinif and the late Patricia Casey. He is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Alice McElhannon Quinif; sons Brian (Kristine) Quinif of Brooklyn, NY and Michael Quinif of Thomasville, GA; grandchildren, Kendall and Davis Brown and Gray Quinif; brothers, Terry, Kevin, and Eric Quinif; and step-mother, Lavelle Wisenbaker.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Medical College of Georgia, Nick, as he was known by his friends, continued his medical training at Akron General Medical Center. A board-certified urologist, he practiced for six years in Greenville, MS before moving to Thomasville, GA, where he practiced for the rest of his career. At Archbold Memorial Hospital, he was a revered member of the medical community, serving in a variety of leadership positions, including Chief-of-Staff. He was a deacon and long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Thomasville.

Upon retirement, he and his wife moved full-time to Highlands, where they had maintained a vacation home for many years. In Highlands, he was a member of Cullasaja Club and Community Bible Church.

Nick was passionate about his patients and his family, above all, his devoted wife. He preferred to let his actions speak louder than his words and was an ideal role model for his family and community. In his free time, he loved golf, food, and wine (and travel that included all of the above). He was the consummate host and loved sharing his culinary gifts with family and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 1pm, Saturday, December 21st, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home, Franklin, NC. The Reverend Jo Jo Thomas will officiate. Burial will be at Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Condolences can be made to the family at For memorial contributions, the family has designated New Life Ministries and The Cancer Research Institute.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Macon Funeral Home
    261 Iotla Street
    FRANKLIN, NC 28734
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 1:00pm
    Macon Funeral Home
    261 Iotla Street
    FRANKLIN, NC 28734
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  • Interment

    Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery
    Memorial Park Drive
    Highlands, NC 28741
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John Schilling

Posted at 10:38am
Nick was always a good friend and I loved playing golf with him those years at MCG and in Greenville, MS. I let him down as a friend with some very poor personal decisions I made. Alice, I can't believe he's gone so soon. Ginger just told me about his death. Your family is beautiful. I'm still in the Atlanta area, semi-retired. I can always be reached at 678-350-1570.

Bolan Woodward

Posted at 02:39pm
I remember Nick and I loading up a U-Haul to go to Augusta to start medical school . I was thinking of him when I loaded up a trailer to take my son to Augusta for Dental school this past summer . I was just wondering how our Dad's got out of that .....I have great memories of Nick . Just a classic gentlemen . Bo Woodward

Ann Day

Posted at 01:04pm
Dear Alice, I was so very sorry to hear of Nick's death. He was such a wonderful kind man. I know your heart is broken. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Ann Day

Chuck Shirk

Posted at 05:12pm

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance at any time.

Chuck Shirk

Joe and Kay Deckman

Posted at 11:07am
Gone to soon. Nick's memory will always be with us
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