WATERTOWN – The two real estate brokers who were shot and killed in their workplace on Wednesday were active in the community and known to always watch their agents.
“The real estate community is absolutely shaken up,” said Linda J. Fields, a local real estate educator who taught the two who were shot 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 decided to open their own brokerage. , Bridgeview Real Estate Services LLC, in 2016.
Many of their former colleagues from Exit More 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 sales and brokerage courses, said they weren’t just successful at their jobs, but were kind people who were active in the community and had wonderful families. .
“They were just the ideal brokers to work for,” 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.
“It’s a sad day when you go to the office for work and never come home,” Ms Fields said. “They 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 Stewart left Bridgeview in March and was working at eXp Realty in Watertown.
“As a student, he was very curious,” she said. “He knew what he wanted to do. He was eventually going to open a business.
Ms Fields said there must be something wrong with Stewart for him to commit such an act.
“It’s a sad situation all around,” she said. “Nobody should have died like that.”
According to Bridgeview’s 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 13 years on the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library Board of Trustees, including two years as Vice President and two years as President. She left the council in 2017 only because she left town. She was on the board of the Northern New York Community Foundation and the Watertown Family YMCA at the time of her death.
The company’s website says she started her professional career as a nurse in an intensive care unit in rural British Columbia before becoming a real estate agent, winning a “Rising Star Award” during her career. first year in real estate.
Mr. O’Brien led a 25-year career as a correctional officer, but has also been involved in the real estate industry since 2008 before co-founding Bridgeview.
According to a profile on the company’s website, the northern native has been involved in numerous sports organizations over the years and enjoyed a successful career coaching men’s and women’s lacrosse.
Lance M. Evans, chief executive of the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors, released a statement late Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened by the events that took place today at Bridgeview Real Estate in Watertown, which resulted in the tragic deaths of friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones. This is a tragedy for our real estate community. and we express our deepest condolences to the families of the missing,” he said. “We will be working to heal from these events in the coming weeks. We thank law enforcement involved in the investigation for their fast and professional work.
After state police identified Ms. Quigg and Mr. O’Brien on Wednesday night, Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith released a statement.
“Tonight I have a heavy heart after learning that we have lost two of the kindest, most decent, generous and community-minded people I have ever known, Maxine Quigg and Terry O ‘Brian. Words cannot begin to express the deep sympathy I have for the Quigg and O’Brien families. … This is a tragedy that will be deeply felt by many people, because both Maxine and Terry were so well known and loved in our community. For me, as for many others, it is a personal and devastating loss.
“Terry and I were childhood friends who worked together in high school and college at Doldo Brothers,” the mayor continued. “We spent countless days together at Patsy and Jean Doldo’s – our ‘second home’. Terry and I were roommates for a time in the early 1990s and have shared countless memories and laughs over the years. Agent from corrections to retirement, 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 his children Leland and Gabriella, as well as his parents and siblings John, Joe, Watertown City Police Department Sergeant Dennis O’Brien and his sister Mary.
“Maxine leaves behind a loving and devoted husband, Dr. Joe Quigg, and two wonderful children, Connor and Kennedy,” the mayor added. “I 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 was to follow was a long friendship with Maxine and Joe that I am truly grateful for. Not only was Maxine a great friend to me and so many others, but she was an extremely dedicated member of her community.From her early career as an intensive care unit nurse to her most recent role in real estate, his life’s work has been helping people.His generosity and willingness to help others has extended beyond his usual workday to volunteering with several local organizations, including the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, the Northern New York Community Foundation, and the Watertown Family YMCA.
“In the days and weeks ahead, members of our community will need to lean on each other as we all mourn this senseless tragedy. I ask that you join me in remembering Maxine and Terry and in keeping their family and friends in your continued thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead,” he said.