Friday, December 30, 2016

Obituary for Joseph Valentine Quigley




Joseph Valentine Quigley
1931-2016


Joseph Valentine Quigley passed away peacefully at home December 25, 2016.  Born February 14, 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Catherine and Joseph Benedict Quigley, he attended Cathedral Grade School. During his eighth grade year, he went onto Saint Meinrad Seminary in Saint Meinrad, Indiana to prepare for the priesthood.  Years later, he graduated from Butler University with a BA in history, and attended law school at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.  After one year there, he met Clarissa Jan Lux and they were married June 11, 1955 in Shelbyville, Indiana.  He later received his MBA from Indiana University.

Joe joined the ranks of IBM and enjoyed many years of employment with them.  He went on to work at other Fortune 500 companies, notably Smith, Kline and French in Philadelphia, now Smithkline Beecham and RCA, now General Electric, in New York City.  In 1976, Jan and Joe moved to Houston with their six children to take a Vice President position in Planning and Development with Gulf Oil (now Chevron).  He later started his own firm, known as Quigley & Associates, which was a consulting firm that specialized in strategic planning working with companies such as Phillips Petroleum, Brown & Root, BFI, Outboard Marine Corporation, Pratt & Lambert, and the list goes on.

Joe enjoyed public speaking, was a gifted writer and had an incredibly beautiful signing voice.  He wrote a business book titled Vision that was published by McGraw-Hill.  Along with tennis and running, he loved a good book or a collection of poems, and was especially fond of short story anthologies.  He was passionate about Notre Dame football, even at lullaby time, when he sang the fight song to his children in a hushed voice.  He loved traveling to far off places and he never met an oyster he didn’t like.

His generosity and hard work will always be remembered, along with his ability to problem solve and help those in need.  He believed in giving back and was passionate about helping non-profit organizations.  He was a  Board Member of St. Joseph Medical Center, The University of Saint Thomas, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and Saint Meinrad Seminary.

He is survived by his loving wife, Blanca Gonzales and her children, Danielle "Dani" and Sal, and siblings, Mike, Jerry and Kitty and the late Danny and Mary Ellen.  He was father to Karen Quigley Micciulla, Joseph Shaun Quigley, Kathleen Quigley,  the late Tara Quigley (Shaw Cranfield), Beth Benefield (John Cahill) and Molly Quigley (Bob Truscott).  He was also a devoted grandfather to Alyssa, Max, Faith, Noah, Ryan, Aaron, Julian, Paige, John, Matthew, Jake, and Lucy, and an uncle to countless nieces and nephews.

There will be a funeral mass on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., at the Co-Catherdal Church of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, Texas.


1 comment:

Michelle Braverman said...

My condolences to you and your family, Molly. He sounds like he was a wonderfully talented man in your beautifully written history. I know he will be sorely missed.