It is with great sadness we share the news of the death of Antoinette Quintilla in Port-Vendres, France. She was 90 and passed on Sunday, April 24, from complications of a paralyzing fall several years ago. Antoinette, and her sister, Simone, were integral to the formation of our sister city relationship, and worked diligently for the cause of cultural and educational exchange and Franco-American relations. In 2012, Sister Cities Yorktown created the Quintilla Prize to honor those who work diligently over time, contributing time, talent and treasure, to support our mutual goals. Antoinette was the first recipient.
Antoinette had a distinguished life, summarized by the homage of Port-Vendres Mayor Jean-Piere Romero, attached here for all to see. As a teenager, she worked for the French Resistance, earning a medal for service. She attended university, unusual for her time. She had a career. She worked tirelessly to preserve the patrimony of her town, most particularly the obelisk, which has a bronze panel honoring the American War of Independence. She lived her convictions. It is the plan to name a new library in Port-Vendres in memory of the sisters Quintilla.
She was buried on Friday, April 29, under a brilliant Mediterranean sun. One of her favorite songs, “Ceresier rose et pommier blanc” [cherry pink and apple blossom white] played in the background. You could almost hear her singing. May she rest in peace.
We encourage those who knew her to share a comment, or a short memory here.