It is with great sadness that the family of Roy Quigley announce his passing on April 26th, 2022 in the town of Cobourg, Ontario. He was 78 years old.
Roy, beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Quigley for 60+ years, was predeceased by his daughters, Marie (at birth) and Sharon (age 31), and his parents Patrick and Margaret Quigley of Corner Brook, NL. His daughter, Debbie, her husband Wayne and grandchildren Dylan and Sharon (John Walmsley) will miss his jokes, funny stories and love. He is survived by his late daughter Sharon’s (Dave Spear) children Patrick, Jessica (Eric) and great-grandchildren Chloe, Elyse and Robyn, as well as his siblings, Jerry (Debbie), Bert (Betty), Fred, Patsy Conant (Don), Dianne Murphy (the late Larry Murphy), Brian (Shelly) and Paulette (the late Gerald Matthews), and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Roy was born in Summerside, NL and grew up on the west coast of Newfoundland. Married at 17 years of age, Roy brought Betty to Ontario for work and a new life together. In 1965, Roy started as an operator with the Toronto Transit Commission and retired from the TTC after 30 years of service. He drove streetcars, buses, subways and was proud to be one of the first drivers on the LRT.
Roy was always very involved in his community, through the Catholic Church, St. Vincent de Paul and Knights of Columbus.
Many will remember Roy and Betty running the Youth Club in East York, Ontario where Roy enjoyed being a DJ for Friday night dances for local teenagers.
Roy enjoyed helping Santa Claus out every year by handing out gifts to many kids at parties and family gatherings. He loved donning his Santa wig and beard at Halloween and shelling out candy to the neighbourhood kids and hearing them squeal with delight that this is where Santa lived during the rest of the year. His hearty Ho, Ho, Ho was heard by so many, and in this last week of his life he told one of his nurses that being Santa was the best thing he ever did in his life.
Roy also loved a good game of cards, music, a round of golf and dancing with his wife, Betty.
Roy spent his retired years golfing, providing church and community service and enjoying life with Betty in the Port Hope, Ontario area.
His final days were spent surrounded by his immediate loved ones and he spent his last day listening to Newfie music.
The family sends their gratitude to Anita Adumattah NP, RNs Katie, Caitlyn, Avery, Zoe and all the nurses and staff in 1B at Northhumberland Hills Hospital for taking such great care of Roy during his final days. We are eternally grateful for the care and support you gave all of us; know that Roy was blessed to be in your care.
Cremation will take place. A private interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Vincent de Paul or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.