Florence W. Quigley

Date of Passing:

May 5, 2024

Florence W. Quigley, of Riverside, died peacefully in her home on May 5,2024, three days after her ninety-third birthday. A lifelong resident of Riverside, Mrs. Quigley was preceded in death by her husband Thomas W. Quigley, her parents Charles and Florence Barney, her sisters Dorothy and Carol Barney and brothers Walter and Charles Barney. She was the loving mother of Michael S. Quigley of Riverside, Timothy J. Quigley of Riverside, Mary E. Richards of Smithfield, James M. Quigley (Robin) of Riverside and Thomas E. Quigley (Sandra) of Riverside. She was the beloved “Nana” of Amy Richards, Holly Rumsey, Benjamin Quigley, Jackie Wilson, Rachael Lavoie, Alicia Quigley, Brendan Quigley and Christa Quigley and the great-grandmother of Connor Quigley, Luke Lavoie, David Rumsey and Rue Richards-DuPont.

A proud graduate of East Providence High School in the Class of 1949, “Flo” saw her children and two grandchildren graduate as Townies. Mrs. Quigley, after many years as a homemaker, began a career as a bus aide with the special needs students of East Providence and then a classroom aide. She retired in 1993. While working as an aide, she was a driving force behind the establishment of union for the classroom aides in East Providence and served as secretary of that organization.
Florence was extremely proud of her work with the special needs students of East Providence.

A convert to Catholicism, she was a communicant of St. Brendan’s Church and attended daily Mass for many years. She was active in the American Association of Retired Persons and St. Brendan’s Forever Young Club. A lifelong bowler, she was a member of the East Providence Recreation Senior League. Her work as a charter member of the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Association which helped to preserve and promote that lighthouse was one of the highlights of her retirement years. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling especially with other East Providence seniors. She visited Ireland, Montreal, Ottawa, New Orleans, Hawaii and Branson, Missouri. Florence also enjoyed gambling at Foxwoods where she was often a high roller!

The family would like to thank Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice and CNAs Sandra Ferreira and Elsa Betances for their kind and compassionate care for their mother as she approached her Eternal Rest.

Her Funeral will be held on Friday May 10, 2024 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling Hours are Thursday 4-7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Florence’s memory to Meeting Street School, 1000 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02905 or the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Association, P.O Box 15121, Riverside, RI 02915 or East Providence Scholarship Foundation, Class of ’49 Scholarship, P.O. Box 154438, East Providence, RI 02915 would be greatly appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Mike and family, your mom was a lovely woman. She loved her family and community

  2. To the entire Quigley family, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful woman.

  3. Sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. My condolences to the family

  4. Mary and family –

    Condolences to all on the loss of your beloved mother and nana. May the memories you hold in your hearts guide you through the times ahead.

  5. Mary and family. My hearfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. You are all in my prayers during this time.

  6. To The Entire Quigley Family, please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother, Nana, Great Grandmother and friend. She was a very special person and a wonderful neighbor. May your memories bring you comfort in your times of need and may she rest in peace.

  7. Mike,T,Mary,Jimmy,Tommy,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom,unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the services with Carrie.Please know I’m thinking of all of you.Your Mom was always thoughtful and pleasant.
    Regards Steve Cetenich

  8. I am sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, and always willing to help.
    My heartfelt sympathy
    Helen Hubbard

  9. So sorry for your loss she was a great woman rest in peace

  10. Dear Mike, My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. My prayers are with you.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was the sweetest so many great childhood memories sending love n prayers to all of you

  12. So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing I remember both your mom and dad along with alot of the family coming into Baird’s Texaco many years ago.May she RIP.

  13. Mike, Mary, Tee and family. such a long history between our families. Your mom was such a wonderful person, may she now rest in peace with your dad🙏

  14. Sorry for your loss, Your mom raised a great family.

  15. Mike- We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing!!!! I hope that your many memories will help to ease the pain of her loss at this time, as well as bring smiles in the future!!!!! Sam and Bekah Mizer

  16. Mike,
    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. I will be praying for the repose of her soul in peace & happiness and for the consolation of you and your family. God Bless. Priscilla Fox

  17. Coach,
    We are sorry to learn about your mom. Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.
    Love. Prayers and Peace from Palm Harbor.
    Kathy and Ray Danforth

  18. Sorry about the loss of your mom Mike.

    Thoughts and prayers to you…

    Hope to see you soon.

    Ed “Puss” Poirier

  19. Dear Coach,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Please find comfort in knowing God has gained another angel. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Remarkable mothers raise remarkable sons. -The Barboza-Simpkins Family (Lisa, Jordan, Noah and Adam)

  20. Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Mr Quigley. So very sorry for your loss. Her commitment to family and faith must give you so many beautiful memories.

  22. Mike, I’m sorry to learn of your loss. Your Mom was a very pleasant woman.

  23. Mike, sending sincere sympathy in place of my late brother, Charlie Hirst, who would surely have offered his support to you at this time. May your mother rest with the angels.

  24. Dear Mr. Quigley,

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  25. So sorry to hear of your loss, Such a wonderful person and always a joy to be around. My condolences to a wonderful lady and a great family ❤ 🙏

  26. Coach,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. I’m so sorry. I wish I could be there on Friday. I will offer Mass for your mother.


  27. Robin, I’m so sorry. Flo was a super aide with her cohort Ginny Unkuski at KHS. As I volunteered to do inclusion with their students I got to see the magic they performed daily in their classroom. The secret I learned was laughter. Their atmosphere was loving these special kids and giving them lots of hugs. What a pair!!! We were so lucky to have these wonderful women nurturing these little ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Miss H

  28. Coach and Family- So sorry to hear of mom’s passing. What a beautiful life!
    She fought the good fight, she finished the race & she kept the faith.

  29. Dear Quigley Family, I am so sorry to hear about Flo. My family and I have so many wonderful memories with her. She is cherished and will be greatly missed. Godspeed Flo we love you.

  30. Mike and Family, the Cronan Family extends our sincere and heartfelt condolences on your Mom’s passing. Flo was dedicated to her family and the students she cared for in the East Providence schools as a bus aid for special needs students and classroom aid. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  31. Mike and Family
    So sorry to hear of your moms passing. I remember her as a gentle kind woman. May she rest in peace.

  32. Mike, sorry to hear about your mom. Wishing her, you, and your family peace 🙏❤️

  33. Mike, so sorry to hear of mom’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you, Tee, Tommy and your family.

  34. Mike and Family, our condolences to a great woman and a wonderful family

  35. Dear Michael and family, please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a lovely lady who loved her family so.
    How fortunate that you had each other for so many years. May your beautiful memories make you smile.

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