Nimba Former Lawmaker, Entrepreneur Laid to Rest

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The late David W. Queeglay, a former Nimba County lawmaker and well established entrepreneur, was on Saturday July 9 laid to rest in his home Town of Saclapea.

Mr. Queeglay died on June 10 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia after a period of illness.

The late Queeglay began his political career in 1984 when he served as chairman of Nimba County branch of the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL).

In 1985, he contested for the position of representative in Saclepea Mahn District and won on the ticket of the NDPL.

While in the House of Representative, the late Queeglay chaired the Committee on Pension and served in other capacities until the outbreak of the Liberian civil crisis in 1990.

Despite the unconditional end to his position as Representative owing to the outbreak of civil war, Mr. Queeglay, under the regime of former President Charles Taylor, served as Statutory District Superintendent for Saclepea Mahn until he was retired in 2014.

He earlier served as chairman of the Nimba County Development fund drive prior to his joining the NDPL.

Queeglay began his entrepreneurship in the 70s by buying cocoa and coffee, but later joined partnership with Harry Yuan, a prominent son of Nimba County, to establish an agriculture cooperative, then known as Yuanglay Enterprise.

The Yuanglay Enterprise grew successfully and became a major link between National Produce Farmers and the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) for many years.

It was believed that the Yuanglay Enterprise, from 1978 to 1980, recorded the highest turnover in excess of US$4 million, thereby becoming the largest produce buyers with the LPMC.

Zealous with the entrepreneurial spirit, the late Queeglay began a light vehicle transportation business in 1983, then known as “Kids Choice.”

The service consisted of about 12 taxi cabs, two pickup trucks and a 32 seater bus which was plying between MacDonald Street and Paynesville on a daily basis, helping to facilitate the transportation needs of youth, low income earners and students.

The late Queeglay began his public service as an administrator of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital from 1967 to 1968. He worked for the American Peace Corps and was business manager at the ELWA Hospital from 1969 to 1976.

The deceased began his education at the United Liberia Inland Mission in Flompa, Nimba County in 1959. Thereafter, he enrolled at the Booker T. Washington Institute where he graduated with a diploma in Bookkeeping in 1967.

He later matriculated to the University of Liberia and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in 1975.

Mr. Queeglay also attended the Arthur Grimes School of Law, but did not complete his course of study due to his demanding business engagements.

The late Queeglay was born on June 10, 1942, unto the Union of Mr. Paul Queeglay and Mrs. Dorcas Kahn Queeglay in Saclepea, Nimba County. His parents have long since predeceased him. He was the first of eight siblings. He was a member of the United Liberia Inland Church.

He leaves to mourn his loss his widows, Eugenia Giah and Cecelia N. Wehyee, 18 children, several grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Nimbaians, including Senator Thomas Gruppe, Reps. Worlea Sarwah Dunah and Larry Younquoi, Harry T. Yaun and Jackson Paye, were among those who turned out in their numbers to pay their last respects during Mr. Queeglay’s burial on Saturday.

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