Jack Quigley
QUIGLEY, Jack 1929 - 2008 Gifted Composer and Beloved Father Jack Quigley, noted composer, conductor and pianist, died at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank, California, after a heart attack. He was 79. At the time of his death, Jack was surrounded by his precious children and dear friends, with whom he was able to spend his final hours. Jack was born John Robert Quigley to Joseph Aloysius Quigley and Edith Dunham Quigley on April 20, 1929 in Taunton, Massachusetts. He became interested in music early in life, and after graduating from Taunton High School in 1947, he attended the Boston University School of Music. During that time, his composition for string quartet was performed by the Boston String Quartet, and several other works were performed for the famed MacDowell Colony. By the time he graduated in 1952, Jack had immersed himself in the study of jazz.
In 1958, he conducted a weeklong series, "The World Around Us" for WJAR TV in Providence, Rhode Island, which explored the phenomena of Jazz in America. He organized a large experimental jazz orchestra that caused a stir at Westerly, Rhode Island's Jazz under the Stars festival in October 1959, and was deemed "the hit of the concert" in a page-long feature that appeared in Downbeat magazine. Jack's recording career began soon thereafter, as Alan King's comedy album "In Suburbia", for which Jack had written the music, drew splendid reviews in Billboard and Cashbox magazines. By 1961, Jack Quigley had moved his family to Los Angeles. Three albums of his own, "Jack Quigley in Hollywood", "Class in Session", and "Listen! Quigley" were each listed as Jazz Picks of the Week by Cashbox magazine. Preceding the release of a fourth album, "D'jever?", Quigley was presented with a commendation by the Los Angeles City Council for composing a song, which launched the Los Angeles Freedom Bond campaign in 1962. That song, "Fifty Stars", was sung by Johnny Mathis on the NBC series "I Am An American Day", for which Jack Quigley wrote, conducted, and performed the entire score with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Quigley continued his association with Mathis, composing the title song from Mathis' 1962 album "Rapture", and often conducting and arranging for the popular singer. In 1965, Quigley's ambitious composition, "Children at Play" was performed at the Los Angeles Music Center by the Los Angeles Neophonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stan Kenton. In 1966, Jack became the musical director at The Carousel Theatre in West Covina, California, and later created and produced a musical game show, "Words and Music", for NBC TV. Jack Quigley continued composing, arranging and conducting into the late 1990's. He is preceded in death by beloved partner Loretta Rehnolds, and survived by family on both the West and East Coasts; daughter Erin Quigley and partner Don Foster of Silverlake, CA, son John Quigley and wife Carrie of Long Beach, CA, daughter Mary Quigley of Studio City, CA, daughter Noelle Polmanteer and husband Keith, and two grandsons, Zachary and Riley Polmanteer of Long Beach, CA. In Barnstable, MA, surviving family members are brother Richard Quigley, brother David Quigley and wife Eileen, niece Christen Ip, niece Bonnie Schulman and her children Meredith, Camille, and Zachary Schulman. Cousin Mildred Murray of Taunton, MA, and cousin Elizabeth Boucher of North Dighton, MA are also close family of the deceased.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Dec. 31, 2008.
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I worked with Jack in 1974 when he was musical director for Proudland Singers. He and his brother were two wonderful people. Jack was gifted, great to work with, and an appreciator of others' musical gifts. I have never forgotten him, and learned a great deal about the music business, as well as how to handle oneself with class and dignity. This was a truly special man.
Vanessa Ament
February 20, 2020
January 9, 2009
On your journey my Brother,REMEMBER:
We will meet beyond the last dune
on the far horizon.
Your loving Brother .. Richard
Richard Quigley
January 2, 2009
When looking through some of Dad's things, I found this beautiful verse among his writing.

"Learn to die gracefully
Feel the glory of death
as you would Life.

Love yourself-your spirit-
your beauty-
as you have loved the beauty
and spirit of your loved ones."

Dad thought deeply about life and creativity, and I loved to engage in long conversations (some might say drunken philosophy) with him, to the point of often driving everyone else in the room nuts. I will miss him deeply, not only as a father, teacher, artist and friend, but also as a cherished conversational adversary and partner in the (perceived) crime of abandoning social mores. He taught me to fly alone, for which I will be eternally grateful.
Erin Quigley
December 30, 2008
Love you, Dad
Noelle Polmanteer
December 30, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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December 28, 2008
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