James Louis Quilty
November 4, 1945 – March 2, 2023
James Louis Quilty, age 77, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023. While words cannot express how much we miss him, we are comforted in knowing that he is now at peace in heaven.
James was born on November 4, 1945, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Mary Quilty. James, an only child, spent his youth on the playgrounds and baseball fields in Kansas City, Kansas, graduating from Ward High School in 1963. He attended two years of Junior College before entering the Anny and serving in the Vietnam War. After returning from the war, James began his career at the Union Pacific Railroad.
James married Ceslaus Garvey on July l5, 1967, and welcomed their son Bradley in 1970. The family grew with the arrival of their daughter Keri in 1980. In 1982, James moved his family to Omaha, Nebraska, where he began his union career for the Railroad. And after 42 years of hard-fought negotiations, James retired as an International Vice-President for Transportation Communication Union.
In retirement, James was an avid basketball fan cheering on the Creighton Bluejays and Kansas Jayhawks during the basketball season and Kansas City Chiefs in the cold winter months of football season, but James’ most prized passion was cheering on his two grandsons, Tanner and Hunter. He was their biggest and loudest fan. James devoted his life to his grandsons, making sure that they were properly spoiled and celebrated in everything that they did over the years. He made sure that he attended every event, from school plays and musicals to baseball and Trap shooting. James valued education and was very devoted to his grandsons getting a Catholic education.
James was preceded in death by his mother, Mary. He is survived by Ceslaus, his wife of 56 years; son Bradley; daughter Keri and her husband, Terry; 2 grandsons: Tanner and Hunter.
VISITATION: Wednesday, March 8th, 5-7pm at West Center Chapel. SERVICE: Thursday, March 9th, 1pm, at West Center Chapel. To view a live broadcast of the services, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and press the “View Live Cast” button.
Interment: Omaha National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Piux X/St. Leo School and Creighton Prep.