Venerable Liberal Senior, Mircea Ionescu Quintus, Honorary Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) aged 100 years, has passed away on Friday afternoon, after having felt very sick over the last two weeks, sources close to the family stated. He will be buried in Ploiesti, on Monday afternoon.
According to a release of the PNL, his body will be laid on Sunday, at 12:00hrs at the chapel of the Annunciation Church in Ploiesti, and in the evening, at 19:00hrs, the wake is scheduled to take place.
The memorial service is to take place on Monday, at 12:00hrs, at the same church and sources close to the family said that the burial will be done at the Viisoara Cemetery.
Liberal, as his father, writer, epigram author, and lately the Honorary Chairman of the National Liberal Party – as well as a former leader for a long time of this party -, Mircea Ionescu Quintus celebrated in March, the venerable age of 100 years. He lived in Ploiesti, but participated at the Liberal meetings whenever his health status allowed him to do it; his last presence was at the meeting of the National Coordination Council, held in Bucharest at the beginning of March.
He was a funny person, which quality possibly helped him survive to the political imprisonment. Mircea Ionescu Quintus came from a family with old Liberal traditions. His model was I. G. Duca and he had the privilege to receive advices for life from the great Nicolae Iorga. His father also was an important Liberal, a lawyer who had several parliamentary seats.
Graduating the Law Faculty of the Bucharest University in 1938, in the Constitutional Law field, he was a political detainee during the totalitarian regime – suffering in the communist prisons and at the Canal -, being a veteran of war in the rank of Major.
He was a PNL member since 1945, his political course being as follows: 1990-1992 – PNL Vice President; 1990-1991 – Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies; 1990-1992 – Prahova Deputy; 1993-2001 – President of the National Liberal Party; 1991-1992 – Justice Minister in the Stolojan Government; 1996-1999 – Deputy Chairman of the Senate; 1996-2000 – Prahova Senator; 1999-2000 – Chairman of the Senate; 2000-2004 – Prahova Senator. He is a Honorary President of PNL since October 19, 2002.
Mircea Ionescu Quintus was a lawyer, practicing in the Prahova Bar Association between 1940 and 1987, and after 1990, he was also a University professor of constitutional law for a few years.
A member of the Writers Union of Romania, Mircea Ionescu Quintus is the author of several volumes of epigrams, short stories and memoirs. He was also the President and the Honorary President of several cultural foundations and associations. At the same time, he received countless honors for his activity. Thus, he received in April 2009 the grade of brigadier general, retired, from the President at that time, Traian Basescu, being also decorated with the Order “Romanian Crown” with swords and ribbon for military virtue. He is a Honorary Citizen of the cities of Ploiesti and Orsova.
Forever a young soul, Mircea Ionescu Quintus guided in his life, as he confessed whenever he had the opportunity, by the principle: “I will get old only in the moment when I believe I have nothing more to do”. Besides, last year, when he reached the age of 99, waiting for 100 years of life, he made an epigram for himself: “My years are running to one hundred / Like trees in forests, growing brave / By many people I’ll be hunted / Oh, what’s a hundred in our days!” , explaining that one hundred years can mean a lot. “One hundred years means something when you are decided, since the first steps you make in your life, to serve those who are close to you, to serve your profession, to serve your nation from where you came”, he wished to mention.
Colleagues, friends, as well as political opponents pay a tribute to the personality of the great Liberal symbol
PNL: Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s life is a life in the service of the Romanian nation and of PNL
The National Liberal Party received “with a great sadness’ the news of the death of its Honorary Chairman, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus; the Liberals stated that his life was a life in the service of the Romanian nation, a life that is an example for each Romanian citizen and for each Liberal.
“The life of the Chairman Mircea Ionescu-Quintus is an example for each Liberal, for each Romanian citizen. A life in the service of the Romanian nation, a life in the service of PNL. Being a direct participant to many crucial moments in the Romania’s modern history, Chairman Quintus is an example of resistance towards the difficulties of the history. His belief in the democratic and Liberal values, his patriotism of the purest essence, his humankind and the force of the spirit, helped him face the time and be a winner” was the message sent by PNL in a press release.
Liberals are paying a tribute to Ionescu-Quintus not only because he kept the party’s history and traditions alive, but also for his contribution to the revival and renewal of PNL.
“He was an example of loyalty towards the party that owes him so many things. Nobody could forget how he was investing so much energy and passion in supporting the Liberal ideas, coming always with a useful advice for the party, regardless of his advanced age. He did it until the last days of his life. His spirit, the values in which he believed and from which he didn’t quit not even one moment, will remain alive inside PNL. It is our duty of honor towards the one who was our mentor and political parent” PNL mentions.
The PNL National Council was postponed after Quintus’s death. Orban: His life is an example for any Romanian citizen and for any Liberal
PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban announced on Friday, at Brasov, where Liberals have met for the meeting of the National Council of the party, that he suggest to postpone it for two weeks, after Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s death. The PNL leader said that “Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s life is an example for any Romanian citizen and for any Liberal”.
Ludovic Orban said he called Mircea Ionescu-Quintus by the phone to invite him at the National Council in Brasov, but he told him that he will not be able to come because he is ill.
“It looks like God wanted us, the party’s members, to be together in such a moment, to be solidary towards this sadness caused by Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s death. The life of the Chairman Mircea Ionescu-Quintus is an example for any Romanian citizen and for any Liberal. A life in the service of the Romanian nation, in the service of PNL” Ludovic Orban stated.
He also said that, despite the advanced age, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus “was so enthusiastic and full of energy in supporting and promoting Liberal ideas, in supporting the development of the National Liberal Party, even he was no longer the PNL Chairman”.
Orban asked the Liberals to keep alive the Liberal spirit and the love that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus had for the country.
“I am asking you, even if Mircea Ionescu-Quintus is no longer with us, keep alive his Liberal spirit and love for the country, let’s bear him in our souls and not forget that our obligation towards Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, towards all our predecessors, is to make PNL (…) especially the party that will write Romania’s history for at least the following 100 years” Ludovic Orban also stated.
President Iohannis: Mr. Quintus’s centenary journey ends here, but his political legacy will continue to be a profession of faith
President Klaus Iohannis sent a message of condolences after the death of the Honorary Chairman of the National Liberal Party, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, saying that he was a dignified and responsible person, loyal to the country and to whom the society is thankful for the “development of a culture of dialogue, civics and integrity of the political act”.
“Today, we said goodbye to a true senior of the Romanian politics, Mr. Mircea Ionescu-Quintus. Despite the tumultuous century he crossed, he always remained loyal to the Liberal belief, with which he identified himself and which he served continuously. We owe to Mr. Quintus many good things in our public life, especially his contribution to the revival of a democratic doctrine in the 90s and to the development of a culture of dialogue, civics ad integrity of the political act” was Klaus Iohannis’s message.
The Head of the State said that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was a dignified and responsible statesman, loyal to his country.
“Mr. Quintus’s centenary journey ends here, but his political legacy will remain a profession of faith for us. God rest him in peace!” reads President Klaus Iohannis’s message.
PSD: Quintus, a senior of the Romanian politics and an authentic Liberal
Social Democrat Party (PSD) sent on Friday, through a press release, a message of condolences to the family of the Liberal Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, appreciating that he was a senior of the Romanian politics and an authentic Liberal.
“The Social Democrat Party expresses it regret for Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s passing away, wishing to send the expression of its entire compassion for the afflicted family. Being a senior of the Romanian politics and an authentic Liberal, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was and will always be an example of politician who put his life in the service of the country and of the nation from which he was proud to belong” reads the press release of the party.
“The Social Democrat Party sends a message of condolences to Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s family, expressing the regret for the loss suffered by it. God rest him in peace!” also mentions the quoted press release.
Dragnea: A man as great as a history, an authentic Liberal has gone
The Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber, PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea, deplored on Friday the death of the Liberal Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, appreciating that “a man as great as a history has gone”.
“A man as great as a history, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, has gone. One of the few people from whom we learned, after 1989, what the democracy is, because he lived it before us” Dragnea wrote on his Facebook page.
“Along with Ion Ratiu, Ion Diaconescu or Corneliu Coposu, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus promoted a national politics based on respect and dialogue between the representatives of the political parties. An authentic Liberal, a distinguished, round, pleasant human being. God rest him in peace!” Dragnea added.
Tariceanu: Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was our mentor in the most difficult period of the existence of PNL
Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu sent on Saturday a message of condolences to Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s family, declaring himself to be proud that PNL had such a Chairman “who managed to embody sobriety and elegance in politics, as well as the love for the country and for the nation”.
“I say goodbye with a deep sadness to Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, the one who was our mentor in the most difficult period of the existence of PNL, after it failed to enter the Parliament in 1992. With the wisdom that characterized him, with his political and life experience, with the kindness and friendship with which he surrounded us, he succeeded what seemed unlikely to many people: to mobilize us all in order to bring PNL back in Parliament in 1996 and to put it back among the parties who will decide the future path of Romania to the Euro-Atlantic values. I am proud that PNL had a Chairman like Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, who managed to embody sobriety and elegance in politics, as well as the love for the country and for the nation of a true patriot trained at the Bratianu or I. G. Duca school” Tariceanu wrote on Facebook.
He mentioned that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was “one of the many politicians who had to face great pains in the prisons and labor camps of the newly installed communist regime”.
“He had the chance to survive and to be able to carry the Liberal flame further with dignity. He is handing over to us this responsibility and duty which I am afraid some people do not understand. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Viorica Ionescu-Quintus and to their son Razvan. God rest him in peace!” Tariceanu also said.
Victor Ponta: A great loss for PNL and politics
Former PM Victor Ponta appreciates that the death of the PNL Honorary Chairman Mircea Ionescu-Quintus is “a great loss” for Liberals and for Romanian politics.
God rest him in peace! A truly remarkable personality and a great loss for PNL and Romanian politics” Ponta wrote on Friday on Facebook.
Former President Ion Iliescu: A prominent politician, unanimously appreciated and respected
The former Head of State Ion Iliescu stated on Friday for MEDIAFAX that he was sad to find out about the death of the Liberal Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, appreciating that he was a prominent politician, unanimously appreciated and respected for his experience and balanced spirit.
“I was ad to find out about the death of Mr. Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, a prominent politician after 1989, unanimously appreciated and esteemed for his special qualities, for his political and life experience, for his moderate and balanced spirit. He enjoyed everywhere unanimous esteem and appreciations for his open and moderate spirit. He was the prototype of the politician who is unanimously appreciated and respected by everybody, regardless of their political orientation” Iliescu said.
He stated that Quintus’s is a great loss for the Romanian public and political life and he mentioned that he personally enjoyed an open and friendly relationship with him.
“We had a relationship based on mutual esteem and respect, and a very friendly communication precisely because of the qualities we are talking about – he was a wise man, he always had very competent and balanced opinions in various fields of activity” said Iliescu, who conveyed condolences to the family, friends and close people.
“I will keep a warm memory forever to him” Iliescu concluded.
Alina Gorghiu: I learned tolerance from Mircea Ionescu-Quintus
The former PNL Chairman Alina Gorghiu stated on Friday on Facebook that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s personality was a major influence for her, and she mentioned his role in the Liberalism’s survival.
“Mircea Ionescu-Quintus! A history in himself! He had a huge influence on me. I learned tolerance from him. The Romanian Liberalism survived in time also thanks to this exceptional man” Alina Gorghiu wrote.
Raluca Turcan: Ionescu-Quintus, an example of the loyalty to PNL for us all
Former PNL Chairman Raluca Turcan wrote on Friday on Facebook that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was an example for each Liberal in terms of the loyalty to the party and of resistance towards the difficulties of the history.
“God rest him in peace! Mr. Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was not only a witness, but also a direct participant to many crucial moments in Romania’s history. He was an example of the loyalty to the National liberal Party for us all. Ann example of resistance towards the difficulties of the history” Raluca Turcan stated.
Marko Bela: Quintus was “a moderate person and a man of dialogue”
The former leader of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Marko Bela, stated on Friday that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus’s death is a loss for the entire political class, since he was a moderate person and a man of dialogue.
“It is a loss for the Romanian politics, especially since he was a remarkable representative of a generation which naturally had an experience both in the communist regime and in the previous period” Marko Bela said.
He also said that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was a “moderate person and a man of dialogue”.
“I had a very good cooperation relationship with Mr. Quintus for a quite long period of time. Between 1996 and 2000, we were in the same government coalition and we consulted each other very many times” added the former UDMR leader.
Vosganian: For us, for ALDE, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus symbolically was an honorary member
The Vice Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), Varujan Vosganian, stated on Friday that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus is an example of the fact that Liberalism has made history for the Romanian people, saying that, for ALDE, Quintus symbolically was an honorary member.
“Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was one of the persons who gave more than they received from the world, he was one of the people who remained silent when they were surrounded by deafening and aggressive noises, and who spoke when there was necessary that somebody resists and say things clearly. I believe that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus is an example of the fact that Liberalism has made history for the Romanian people, that Liberalism can offer models. I believe that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus must continue to be in our hearts, to be our companion, in order for his ideas to be achieved in Romania one day. For us, those in ALDE, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus symbolically was an honorary member” stated the ALDE Vice Chairman Varujan Vosganian.
He also said that Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was “one of the few people who could look at their lives through the pains they lived, through the challenges they faced, through what they thought and said, like the history of the 20th century”.
“I am one of those who have met him closely in all these years after 1990, and I believe he was one of those people we needed so much in this period” Varujan Vosganian added.
Tomac: Quintus, a son of Bessarabia; he was always crying when he was remembering Romania of his youth
The Executive Chairman of the People’s movement Party (PMP), Eugen Tomac, deplored on Friday thee detah of the PNL Honorary President, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, mentioning that he was a son of Bessarabia, born in the province of Herson, who was always crying when he was remembering Romania of his youth.
“One hundred years ago, in the province of Herson, a son of Bessarabia was born, Mircea Ionescu-Quintus. I had the opportunity to talk to him several times about what happened with our country in the last 100 years. The liberal leader was Constantin Stere’s nephew and a politician who painfully watched the evolutions related to the Romanian territory at the East of the Prut River. He was well acquainted and he was following everything that happened with the young state, the Republic of Moldova. He was always crying when he was remembering Romania of his youth. God rest him in peace!” Tomac wrote on Facebook.