James Edward Quigley was born September 10, 1929 in Michigan City, IN to Walter and Mary Quigley. The family later moved to LaPorte, IN and to Bakersfield, CA in 1943. James attended Saint Francis Grammar School and was a member of the first graduating class of Garces High School. He was employed by "The Bakersfield Californian" for forty-four years, forty-two of them in the press room. He was an active member of the Pressmen's Union, having served in every union office and on many committees.
James, or "Uncle Jimmy" as he was known to his family, was a founding member of Saint Philip the Apostle Church where he served for many years as an Usher and Eucharistic Minister. His hobbies were railroads, gardening, and travel. He moved to Chula Vista, CA in 2010 where he was cared for with love and laughter by his niece and nephew-in-law, Theresa & Donald Barahura. A blessing by the name of Richard Toomalatai from Comfort Keepers enriched Uncle Jim's life up until the very end.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter & Mary Quigley; sister, Mary Louise Brown; brother, Walter B. Quigley, Jr.; brother-in-law, Wilbur Brown; and nephew, Patrick Brown. He is survived by nephews Gregory Brown of Chula Vista and Kevin Quigley of Emeryville; nieces Theresa Barahura and Tina Torres of Chula Vista, Kathleen Burdoin of Reno, and Barbara Ybarra of Auburn; seventeen grand-nieces and grand-nephews; numerous great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews; special friends, Mary & Dell Pearson; and the many lives that he touched.
Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Philip the Apostle Church, 7100 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA, 93309 at 9:00 A.M. Burial will take place immediately after the Mass at Hillcrest Cemetery, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA, 93306. Reception information will be announced at the end of the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scripps Hospital Palliative Care and Hospice Team in the name of James Quigley in care of Scripps Mercy Hospital, 4077 Fifth Avenue, Mer 42, San Diego, CA, 92103-2105. They took extraordinary and compassionate care of James and his family during a very difficult time.
We will miss your jokes and pomegranate jelly, Uncle Jimmy.
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