Lewis A. "Lew" Quigley

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March 11, 1935 ~ August 7, 2023

Born in: Kouts, Indiana
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Lewis A. “Lew” Quigley, 88, passed away August 7, 2023. Survived by his wife, Peggy Quigley; sons, Lewis D. (Lee) Quigley and Chris A. (Michelle) Quigley; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Lew was born on March 11, 1935, in Kouts, Indiana. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-58. Lew started his Pueblo career in 1975 when he was hired to head the Pueblo City Parks and Recreation Department. In 1987, Lew was appointed City Manager for Pueblo and was one of the longest serving city managers. During his tenure, he was very proud of being instrumental in many city improvements, including the installation of an infrastructure to support new companies at the industrial park at the Pueblo Memorial Airport; the development of the Pueblo Convention Center and hotel; and the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. Lew retired in 2001, but never quit his support for Pueblo. At his request, there will be no service. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com.

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  1. Today, September 14, I found out about the passing of Lew Quigley.
    Lew was also a mentor to me as I worked my way through and around the City agencies.
    Thank you Lew for all your help and mentoring.
    You will be missed.
    I extend sorrow to the family also and apologize for only now learning about his passing on August 7.

  2. Lew Quigley was a great man in all possible ways: city manager, volunteer,friend, and humanitarian. I enjoyed working with him very much when I was in Pueblo, and he helped the University in so many ways. As noted by Mike Salardino, without him the University could not have completed the Walking Stick development and many other projects as well. Rest in peace, great man and friend.

  3. Lew Quigley led firmly yet gently, driven by his genuine fondness and respect for his community. During the years Ray Kogovsek and I worked with the City, it was always a pleasure to be on Lew’s team trying to fulfill goals which would make the lives of Puebloans more rich. I hope his legacy eases the pain of this loss for his loved ones.

  4. The passing of Lew Quigley leaves a hole in the fabric of the entire Pueblo community. For the many years he worked as an administrator for the City of Pueblo and years spent as a board member for Pueblo West Metro District his spirit will continue in our community. Personally, when he and I were members of PWMD together, I learned lots about the inter workings of a government entity. Pueblo will miss Lew. 😢

  5. I am saddened to hear of Lew’s passing. I enjoyed my years on city council working with Lew. He had the best interest of Pueblo at heart and worked on so many great projects that enhanced the community for all. Will miss Lew’s knowledge and history of the community, My condolences to the family.

  6. A common sense and folksy public servant, Lew deftly negotiated contentious times in the Steel City with a calm demeanor and plenty of charm.

  7. Lew was an inspiration to all who knew him !
    He shared his Knowledge & Diplomacy with any who would ask !
    I have fond memories working with Lew on Various City & County Projects !
    My Sincere Condolences to his Fanily !
    Rip Lew !

  8. Lew’s fingerprints can be found in projects all over Pueblo. He was a great supporter of the Pueblo community.

  9. I am very saddened to learn of Lew’s passing. A great public servant for the citizens of Pueblo, culminating in a terrific career as city manager. After his retirement, Lew served as interim city and county manager for a number of rural communities. He loved it, and they loved him. Best of all, a great friend and colleague to me. May Lew’s memory be a blessing. Sam Mamet, retired Colorado Municipal League Executive Director

  10. Lew was a great mentor to me. His quiet manner, twinkle in his eyes, and understated ways taught me much about government and people. He was never too busy to get together.

  11. My sincere condolences on the passing of Lew. He was a great mentor to me when I was just starting my Parks & Recreation career in the early 80s. After all these years we continued to stay in touch. He still was able to stop by the City Park Administration Offices and visit with me and staff. Definitely was a people person and took care of his employees! He will be missed! RIP Lew!

  12. I had the privilege of knowing Lew and working with him on the City Parks. The toothpick was his trademark.

  13. Our deepest condolences to the Quigley family! Lew was an outstanding city manager who did so much for the City of Pueblo. He was very savvy about people and politics, and he had a great rapport with the people who worked for him and with the community he served. May he rest in peace.

  14. My deepest sympathies to your family. Where do I start, Lew was a man without equal. He understood the meaning of the word community. He helped so many people, he touched so many people, me being one of them. He did more for this city, going back to his early parks & recreation days, until his retirement, than anyone.
    He was also honest and forth right, his handshake meant what a handshake was supposed to mean, you could trust him on that. Sitting here thinking about Lew and his family, know this, this city would not be the city it is today were it not for him. But more importantly I would not be the man I am today because of his influence that he had upon my life. God Bless You, Lew, and God Bless Your Family.

    With Deepest Sympathy
    Jim Bartmess

  15. So sorry for your loss, lots of fond memories of my husband and Lew with horses and hay hauling.
    Jalia Brown

  16. Lew was a great City Manager and person! As one of the councilpersons who hired him I know he was always determined to find a way to get good things done. Without his creativity there would be no Walking Stick golf course. He was an even better human being than he was a City Manager. He was a very good man who will be missed!

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