“Leo was a wonderful man and a true professional who was an invaluable contributor to the success of our magazine,” said Arvin Donley, editor of World Grain.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on Oct. 4, 1941, Quigley grew up in Indian Head Saskatchewan and on the Quigley farm near Sintaluta, Saskatchewan. After high school, he worked with Van Deusen Aircraft in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., then enrolled in aeronautical engineering at SAIT in Calgary and later switched to journalism at Mount Royal College in Calgary.
After a short stint with the Calgary Herald, he worked as a research assistant with the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture in Regina, then with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture. He later moved to Whitehorse to work in public relations with the Yukon government. Quigley then returned to Regina as an agriculture reporter with the Leader Post. He returned to Winnipeg again to be editor-in-chief of the Winnipeg Free Report on Farming magazine and later shifted to the CNR responsible for public relations for the prairie region and, later, for British Columbia. He retired to Delta, British Columbia, in 1993 and worked in public relations and built an international reputation as a freelance journalist.
Quigley contributed articles to World Grain for more than a decade.
He is survived by his wife Linda, son Thomas, daughters Jodie and Jacqueline Wilman, his brothers Allan and Denny and his sister Trudy Partington.
A celebration of life will be held at the Ladner Legion Hall in British Columbia on May 8.