Mourning the death of Archie Spigner, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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Senate Resolution No. 1145

BY: Senator COMRIE

MOURNING the death of Archie Spigner,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of his

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Archie Hugo Spigner of Queens, New York, died on Thursday,
October 29, 2020, at the age of 92; he was the beloved son of Walter and
Estelle (Kitt) Spigner; and

WHEREAS, Born on August 27, 1928, Archie Spigner's father was a
house painter and his mother a church volunteer; his family moved to New
York when Archie was seven, eventually settling in Southeast Queens, New
York, during the Great Depression; and

WHEREAS, Archie Spigner graduated from Central Needle Trades High
School in 1947, and began working at a shoe factory; during this time,
he enrolled in the Jefferson School of Social Science, where he learned
about labor organizing; and

WHEREAS, In the 1950s, Archie Spigner became a city bus driver and
joined the Negro American Labor Council where he later founded the
organization's Queens branch; in that role, he met and began working
with many influential state leaders, legendary lawmakers, and activists;

WHEREAS, Archie Spigner attended college, graduating with a
bachelor's degree in political science from Queens College in 1972; just
two years later, he won the City Council seat representing southeast
Queens, the prestigious position he held until 2001; and

WHEREAS, Throughout his illustrious career in public service, Archie
Spigner dealt with the issues at hand and went about his business
without fanfare; both a teacher and mentor, his office was a little-used
room in the back, and rather than frequenting expensive steak houses, he
held morning meetings in Queens' diners; and

WHEREAS, Archie Spigner distinguished himself in his profession and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and

WHEREAS, Archie Spigner's commitment to excellence, and his spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including
charitable and civic endeavors; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by his first wife, Christine Townsend, Archie
Spigner is survived by his second wife, Leslie Spigner; his son, Philip;
a grandson; and two great-granddaughters; and

WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Archie Spigner leaves behind a legacy which will long endure
the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all he
served and befriended; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Archie Spigner, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of his community; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Archie Spigner.


  • 04 / Jun / 2021
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  • 08 / Jun / 2021

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