A longtime presence in the Marshfield schools and on the Marshfield streets has died at the age of 59.
Recently retired Officer Bob Quigley, Marshfield’s School Resource and D.A.R.E Officer for 20 years, passed away on Monday.
Quigley grew up in Dorchester and moved to Marshfield in 1974.
Police Chief Phil Tavares says Quigley joined the Marshfield Police Force full-time in 1988, after serving as a member of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division and a part-time special officer in Hanover and Marshfield.
In 1993 Officer Quigley became the department’s first certified D.A.R.E officer, and then became certified as a school resource officer. Quigley also served on the board of the Massachusetts Juvenile Police Officer’s Association, three of those years as its president.
“Bob didn’t have any children but he really, really felt a strong bond with all the children here in Marshfield,” said Chief Tavares.
“He had a great sense of humor, he was an excellent investigator. I’d use the word ‘tenacious’ with him because he wouldn’t give up and he wouldn’t stop, until the case was solved and the people who were responsible for any crimes were held accountable for them.”
Quigley retired in February due to an illness.
“I’m confident that he changed and saved a number of lives here in Marshfield through the course of his career, and he’s going to be sorely missed,” said Chief Tavares.
A wake is planned for Quigley on Thursday from 4-8 pm at the McDonald Funeral Home on Rt. 139 in Marshfield and a funeral is planned for Friday.