A longtime Westchase volunteer, who served multiple terms as WCA President and helped bring professionalism and courtesy to a previously contentious board of directors, passed away on Jan. 23 after being afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 89.
In the early years of the new millennium, Quiros served as the Villas of West Park’s Voting Member, during an era when the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board was riven by factions and sniping, bringing bad press to the community. Among other residents, Quiros was elected by VMs to the board to change its direction. There he also served as the association treasurer. Once Quiros was chosen as board president, one of his greatest contributions was to continue to conduct the association’s affairs as a business, ending the background sniping and petty personal politics that had previously plagued the board. He also championed the construction of office space for the association management team that would make them more accessible to residents, resulting in the building of the current association offices and meeting space on Parley Drive.
Quiros was no stranger to politics. Born in Yauco, Puerto Rico in 1932, Quiros enlisted and fought in the Korean War on a dare from his friends. Initially assigned to the medical corps, Quiros requested transfer to the front, where he was attached to the Heavy Weapons Company of the 31st Infantry Division of the 7th Division. After three years of military service, he completed college and worked for several business firms in Central America before returning to Puerto Rico in 1968, when he accepted a position as executive assistant to the mayor of San Juan. There he served his fellow Puerto Ricans for the next two decades, as San Juan’s Deputy Mayor, the island’s Secretary of Labor and Human Resources and Secretary of State. He later was appointed by George H.W. Bush to serve as Director for the Agency for International Development for the U.S. State Department.
Retirement brought him to Central Florida but Quiros and his wife Nancy eventually relocated to Westchase in 2000 to be closer to their son Sam and his family, who lived in Village Green.
Upon his arrival Quiros began a decade and a half of volunteer service to Westchase. His service spanned multiple association committees in addition to multiple terms as VM, WCA Director and WCA President. In December of 2015, the WCA board awarded Quiros with a Westchase Medallion. A few years after his wife’s Nancy’s passing, Quiros sold their Westchase home in 2018 and moved to Aston Gardens. That year he was recognized by Westchase Voting Members for his service.
At the December 2015 WCA Board meeting where Quiros was honored by directors, he recalled his early years of service to Westchase. “In the beginning there would be 30 people at the WCA meetings and voting member meetings and some would get very angry,” he recalled. “Not everyone behaved. But now the meetings are very different.”
“I really love Westchase,” Quiros continued. “I admire the way that people are willing to help and that everywhere you go there is a sense of family. I have lived in many different places and several countries, but I like Westchase the best.”
Quiros added, “If you don’t volunteer in your community, you don’t know what you’re missing. You have the chance to make your neighborhood a better, more beautiful place. I’m proud of the things I’ve helped build in Westchase.”
The Quiros family will host an informal gathering on Friday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. followed by a service at 2 p.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, located at 6802 Silvermill Drive, Tampa, FL 33635.
By Chris Barrett, Publisher