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Michael James Quigley

1928 - 2014 LENOX Michael James Quigley passed away on May 22, 2014, after a brief illness at the Kimball Farms Rehabilitation Center in Lenox. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on Feb. 5, 1928, the son of John J. and Anne Quinn Quigley. A graduate of Most Holy Rosary High School and LeMoyne College, Mr. Quigley attended Syracuse University School of Law before serving in the Army's Counter-Intelligence Corps during the Korean War. Upon being honorably discharged from the Army, he served as a manufacturer's representative for Columbia Mills, Syracuse, N.Y., covering New York and New England. In 1961, Mr. Quigley founded and was president of Colt Realty in Pittsfield. In conjunction with the real estate business, he founded Osceola Realty Trust and developed Osceola Notch, a 150 acre tract of land in Lenox and Richmond. During that time, he donated 45 acres of land, on Lenox Mountain, to the Berkshire County Land Trust and Conservation Fund. In 1978, he was named Chief Assessor for the City of Pittsfield and he held that position until 1987. In 1953, he was married to the love of his life, Adelene Louise Cowhig, daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Cowhig of Main Street in Lenox. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and their families, Mary-Bligh and Mark Morrison of Menands, N.Y., and their children, Mark Augustine, John Quigley and Anne Bligh, Adelene and Roland Perkins of Wayland, Mass., and their children, Mason Mary, Michael Phillips, Roland Keith, and Grace Adelene, Anne and Kevin Egan of Westborough, Mass., and their children, Kevin James, John Michael, and Adelene Bligh. He is also survived by his brother, James Michael Quigley, and his wife, Jeanne, of Bradenton, Fla. and their six children, Jim Jr., Marnie, Anne, Buffy, Julie, Laurie, and their spouses; his sister-in-law, Annemarie Cowhig Farrell and her nine children, Joseph, Mary, Anne, Kate, Francis, Thomas, John, Margaret, and Jane, and their spouses. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Joseph W. Farrell, III. Mr. Quigley served as Chairman of the budget committee of United Community Services and was a lector at St. Mark Church. He was an avid golfer and tennis player and a member of the Country Club of Pittsfield for 47 years. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Mr. Quigley will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. from the DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Church in Lenox, celebrated by the Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus, pastor. Calling hours will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Monastery of the Visitation Mont Deux Coeurs, Tyringham, MA, in care of the funeral home.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 23, 2014
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