WATERTOWN – The two real estate brokers who were shot dead at their workplace on Wednesday were active in the community and known to always monitor their agents.
âThe real estate community is absolutely devastated,â said Linda J. Fields, a local real estate educator who taught the two who were shot on Wednesday.
Maxine M. Quigg, 50, of Wellesley Island, and Terence M. O’Brien, 53, of Black River, previously worked together at Exit More Real Estate, and when they learned the business was closing, they have decided to open their own brokerage house. , Bridgeview Real Estate Services LLC, in 2016.
Many of their former Exit More colleagues joined them at 145 Clinton St., Suite 111. They assembled a team of 35 to 40 agents. Ms Fields, a real estate educator who taught Ms Quigg and Mr O’Brien for salespeople and brokers, said they were not only successful at their jobs, but they were nice people. who were active in the community and had wonderful families. .
âThey were the ideal brokers to work for,â Ms. Fields said. “They were absolutely wonderful.”
It was in Bridgeview on Wednesday that a former company employee, Barry K. Stewart, reportedly walked into the office and shot Ms Quigg and Mr O’Brien, killing them. Stewart, 55, of Carthage, fled the scene and, after being located by police in the town of Dickinson, Franklin County, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
âIt’s a sad day when you go to the office to work and never come home,â Ms. Fields said. âThey had wonderful families.
Ms. Fields also taught Stewart her real estate classes. She remembers him as kind, opinionated, and a good real estate agent. It appears that Stewart left Bridgeview in March and was working at eXp Realty in Watertown.
âAs a student he was very curious,â she said. âHe knew what he wanted to do. He would eventually open a business.
Ms Fields said there must be something wrong with Stewart for him to commit such an act.
âIt’s a sad situation all around,â she said. “No one should have died like this.”
According to the Bridgeview website, Ms. Quigg has won several awards for her achievements in real estate. But when she wasn’t serving her clients, she was serving the community.
She served for 13 years on the Board of Trustees of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, including two years as Vice President and two years as President. She left the board in 2017 only because she left town. She was on the board of directors of the Northern New York Community Foundation and the Watertown Family YMCA at the time of her death.
The company’s website says she began her professional career as an intensive care unit nurse in rural British Columbia before becoming a real estate agent, winning a “Rising Star Award” at during his first year in real estate.
Mr. O’Brien had a 25-year career as a Corrections Officer, but had also been involved in the real estate industry since 2008 before co-founding Bridgeview.
According to a profile on the company’s website, the native of the north of the country has been involved in numerous sports organizations over the years and has enjoyed a successful career as a coach in both men’s and women’s lacrosse.
Lance M. Evans, chief executive of the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors, released a statement Wednesday evening.
âWe are deeply saddened by today’s events at Bridgeview Real Estate in Watertown which resulted in the tragic deaths of friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with those close to them. It is a tragedy for our real estate community and we express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased, âhe said. âWe will be working to heal from these events in the coming weeks. We thank the police involved in the investigation for their quick and professional work. “
After state police identified Ms Quigg and Mr O’Brien on Wednesday evening, Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith issued a statement.
âTonight, my heart is heavy after hearing that we have lost two of the nicest, decent, generous and caring community people I have ever known, Maxine Quigg and Terry O ‘Brien. Words cannot begin to express the deep sympathy I have for the Quigg and O’Brien families. â¦ This is a tragedy that will be deeply felt by many people, as Maxine and Terry were both so well known and loved in our community. For me, as for many others, this is a personal and devastating loss.
âTerry and I were childhood friends who worked together in high school and college at Doldo Brothers,â the mayor continued. âWe spent countless days together with Patsy and Jean Doldo, our ‘second home’. Terry and I were roommates for a while in the early 90s and have shared countless memories and laughs over the years. A retired correctional officer, Terry’s passion was to serve others. This includes the young athletes he has coached over the years. My heart goes out to the loved ones he leaves behind, including his wife Paige and children Leland and Gabriella, as well as his parents and siblings John, Joe, Sergeant Dennis O’Brien of the City Police Department. of Watertown and his sister Mary.
“Maxine is survived by a loving and devoted husband, Dr. Joe Quigg and two wonderful children, Connor and Kennedy,” added the mayor. âI had the pleasure of meeting Maxine two decades ago when my wife, Milly, worked in the emergency room at Samaritan Medical Center with her husband. What would follow was a long friendship with Maxine and Joe for which I am truly grateful. Not only was Maxine a great friend to me and to so many others, but she was an extremely dedicated member of her community. From her early career as an ICU nurse to her most recent position in real estate, her life’s work has been helping people. Her generosity and willingness to help others extended beyond her usual working day to volunteer with a number of local organizations including the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, the Northern New York Community. Foundation and the Watertown Family YMCA.
âIn the days and weeks to come, members of our community will have to lean on each other as we all mourn this senseless tragedy. I ask you to join me in remembering Maxine and Terry and to keep their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers continue in the difficult days ahead, âhe said.