Wesley Herbert Quigley Jr., 72, formerly of Warren, died Jan. 18. He was the husband of Jean H. Quigley for 51 years.

He was born Nov. 14, 1940, in Philadelphia. He graduated from Upper Dublin High School, Ft. Washington, Pa.

Mr. Quigley worked as an electronics technician for Sanders Associates in Nashua, N.H., in the early years of his marriage. He changed his career path to agriculture, farming in Lebanon, Pa., and Warren.

His career extended to parts manager at Gawel Chevrolet in Kent; plant engineer at Hubbell Plastics Inc. in Newtown; manufacturing engineer at Jason Industries in Perth, Australia; HVAC engineer and project manager at Ergon Mechanical Inc. in Bethel and cabinetmaker and co-owner of WHQ Woodworks LLC in Oakville.

Mr. Quigley was former assistant chief of the Warren Volunteer Fire Co., former president of the American Institute of Plant Engineers, Danbury Chapter, and was captain of M.V. Miss Ruby, a 42-foot trawler that he and his son designed and built, which became his retirement home.

He was a member of the Connecticut Civil Defense, the Warren and Watertown Congregational churches, the Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group in Perth, the United States Power Squadron, Waterbury Chapter, and the American Great Loop Cruisers Association. He played a major role implementing the Litchfield County 911 plan.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Quigley is survived by his children, Laurie Jo Quigley Sweet, and her husband, Matthew, of Goshen; Robin Sue Quigley Swords, and her husband, Jeff, of Jackson, Ga.; and Wesley H. Quigley III, and his wife, Courtney, of Torrington; seven grandchildren, Jonathan and Jameson Swords, Spenser Garnett, Patrick and Christian Neary, and Sam and James Quigley; two brothers, Stephen V. Quigley, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Mark D. Quigley, of Ft. Washington, Pa.; a sister, B. Joyce Ruth, of Warrenton, Va.; and a large extended family. He was predeceased by a sister, Deborah A. Wick.

A celebration of his life will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Warren Congregational Church on Sackett Hill Road. A reception will follow at the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Warren Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., 11 Sackett Hill Road, Warren CT 06754; the American Cancer Society by visiting www.cancer.org; or to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Development Office, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta GA 30322.