Death of Sir George Quigley, CB, former Honorary President of NICVA
NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, said: “It was a real shock to hear of Sir George’s death and everyone in NICVA extends our deep condolences to Lady Moira and the wider Quigley family on their loss.
Sir George had the most extensive career as a public servant and on retirement as a leading businessman, but his life was characterised by his dedicated public service and a civic approach to everything that he did. He was always keen to develop or encourage new ideas and thinking that would benefit society as a whole, socially and economically.
As NICVA President he championed proposals to tackle long-term unemployment and he believed very strongly in voluntary action and active citizenship. Lately, Sir George supported NICVA’s project, the Centre for Economic Empowerment, that is dedicated to developing an informed debate on the economy. He attended the CEE’s conferences with his wife Lady Moira and always followed up with a note on his views and encouragement for our staff and their endeavours.
George was comfortable in any surroundings - whether a boardroom or with a community group, he treated everyone equally. He was the most reasonable person anyone could meet; he had strong views but always tried to understand the perspective of others before he reached considered judgements. He will be missed by many.”