Former St Joseph’s vice principal passes away

The late Mr Michael Quigley pictured in his classroom at St Joseph's with a display of some of the work produced by his students. Mr Quigley will be buried tomorrow after Requiem Mass at 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes church, Steelstown.
The late Mr Michael Quigley pictured in his classroom at St Joseph's with a display of some of the work produced by his students. Mr Quigley will be buried tomorrow after Requiem Mass at 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes church, Steelstown.
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The funeral of Mr Micheal Quigley, a former long standing teacher and Vice Principal of St Joseph’s Boys School in Creggan, will take place tomorrow morning.

Mr Quigley died on Tuesday. He is survived by his children Connor, Maeve and Michaela. Mr Quigley’s wife Sheila passed away four years ago and a son, Ronan died in 2004.

A stalwart of St Joseph’s teaching staff throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mr Quigley was a master of the art of woodwork and trained many craftsmen in his time as a teacher. He also taught English at St Joseph’s. A talented footballer, he played for Derry City and had trials for Glasgow Celtic FC.

As Vice Principal he acted as deputy to former head teachers, Mr Ted Armstong and the late Dr Niall McCafferty.

As news broke of his passing many former pupils took the time to comment on Mr Quigley’s death. One ex-pupil and later a staff member at St Joseph’s, Billy Scampton said on facebook : “Very sorry to learn of this news. Yet another of the teachers who helped steer St Joseph’s safely through the darkest years of the troubles gone. RIP Mickey.”

Many more simply referred to the late Mr Quigley as a “gentleman.”

The committee of the school’s Past Pupils Union also extended their sincere sympathies to the Quigley family.

Mr Quigley’s wake is taking place at 5 Hampstead Park on the Culmore Road. He will be laid to rest following Requiem Mass at 10am tomorrow, Thursday, November 26 at Our Lady of Lourdes church, Steelstown.