- Sunrise September 2, 1926 ~ Sunset November 21, 2019
“Quinton and Marjorie had a 65-year love story. Marjorie says that when she first met Quinton Talbot, it was love at first sight. She recalls she was going to school at Prospect School for Girls and he was going to work at the Naval Base in Southampton. As he was getting off the bus, he saw her and the rest, as they say, was history…”
- The only thing left out was – in his words: “I never slept in the dog house – we never went to bed mad at each other…” RIP in Peace Beloved Forever Still…
Quinton Eugene Talbot was fondly known to all as ‘Guinea’ Talbot or ‘Pitbull’.Quinton was born on September 2, 1926, to the late Harold and Valeria Talbot as the eldest of three children.
He was brother to Uriel ‘Cookie’ and Carolyn.Quinton was a Somerset resident through and through, growing up firstt in Ely’s Harbour and eventually moving to Cricket Lane.
While growing up, Quinton’s father Harold Talbot instilled in him the values of dedication and commitment to family.He learned early the importance of knowing a trade and was instrumental in helping his father, Harold build the family homestead on Cricket Lane (Bat-n-Ball Lane).
His sisters called Quinton a “Boy Genius” or “Mad Scientist” when they were growing up, as he showed an aptitude and interest in building, creating and solving mechanical problems. This early interest would cement his legacy as master craftsman in his later years.
According to Cookie and Carolyn, Quinton was always going into their father’s workshop in the back yard. He loved exploring and playing with the tools and cutting wood.And when Daddy Harold decided to put locks on the door to keep him out, Quinton wasn’t deterred. Not at all. Instead, he solved the problem of getting into the workshop by becoming a master lock picker.
Yes even as a youngster, he was fascinated by mechanisms and working around barriers and problems. During his early educational years Quinton attended the West End Primary.Instead of going to high school, his father enrolled Quinton into a trade apprenticeship at the Royal Naval Dockyard. It was there where he began to hone his extraordinarily, specialized gift as a master tradesman.
As an apprentice, Quinton trained as a carpenter and a machinist. He demonstrated excellence in other areas such as welding, masonry and plumbing. While in Dockyard, Quinton took risks in testing the limits of his skills and even made an iron gun – which actually worked!
He would later say that he took great pride in that creation. He credits his time at Dockyard for not only igniting and solidifying his passion for the trades, but for also helping him to develop the values and characteristics of leadership, discipline, loyalty and purpose.
When his father Harold passed, Quinton knew exactly what he needed to do, and stepped into the role of head of the family – taking over the responsibilities of providing for his mother and sisters.
Quinton was also a true adventurer and had a love for all things outdoors.
He was an avid fisherman and could always be found on weekends miles off Bermuda hauling in huge catches of tuna, wahoo, rock fish, snapper and even shark.
He enjoyed entertaining on his boat the Satisfaction during the End to End Comet Races; and he loved being in his workshop in his backyard making things usually out of metal that never existed before until he created it.
But he was most passionate about airplanes, especially model planes.
He took great pride in building model planes and flying them around – much to the delight of the neighbourhood children.
And in his true risk taker, ‘Boy Genius’, ‘Mad Scientist’ fashion, he became bolder in his vision, building and piloting a life-size glider or hydroplane in 1972.
Something like that had never been seen in Bermuda, and he is credited with being the first Bermudian to not only build, but fly a plane.
It caused quite a commotion in Somerset, with news coverage and crowds gathering to watch Quinton launch this new machine at Long Bay.
He would later say that he was very proud of that personal achievement.
Among some of the other highlights of Quinton’s life – he enjoyed travelling to Barbados religiously with a Bermuda contingent of friends for Test Match Cricket.
He was also a very good chef.
He is fondly remembered for making his legendary red bean Portuguese sausage soup, his one-of-a-kind fish cakes, and his tasty codfish and potato breakfast every Sunday morning with all the fixins’.
During his 93 years, Quinton Talbot is one of the few Bermudians who has lived through some of the most iconic milestones in history. And he would often recount how some of the world’s most defining moments had shaped his world view.
As a family man and a father, Quinton is remembered by his children as being a firm but fair disciplinarian.
He held all of his children to account and tried hard to instill in them a sense of right and wrong. All remember him as being an honourable, wise, decent, loving, generous and kind father.
He is remembered by his numerous friends as a man who was principled, loyal and fearless, with a quick witted sense of humour. He was a humble down to earth man who embraced and accepted people for who they were.
There’s a saying that goes: “Necessity is the mother of invention” – which simply means that when the need for something becomes imperative, you are forced to find ways of achieving it. Professionally, Quinton embodied this saying, and became a legendary and admired master of his trade and craft.
But above all, Quinton maintained a commitment to biblical principles.
Exodus 20:12 states: “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Quinton exemplified this instruction from the Lord and left a great example for his children to follow. Spiritual seeds were sown early in his life and on September 2, 2019, Quinton accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior
Sadly, Quinton Eugene Talbot passed away on November 21, 2019, after an illness. But he lived a long and full life surrounded by love.
Quinton always used to say: “They don’t make ’em like me no more…They don’t make ’em like Pitbull.”
He leaves behind a giant and proud legacy that will NEVER diminish.