Lorea Kendal-Virgin passed away peacefully in The Gardens at Qualicum Beach on February 18, 2021 with Ernie Virgin, her devoted husband of 37 years, by her side.
Lorea was an intelligent, strong, independent woman who was much admired and loved by her family. She was an only child, born and raised in Banff, Alberta, Canada’s premier national park. She lived in Banff for 40 years and raised three children Don, Judy, and Rolande.
Lorea took an active role in her community wherever she lived. She was active in politics in Banff and Victoria. In Banff, she chaired the local school board. In Victoria, she campaigned for the federal candidate that she supported. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
In 1972, Lorea moved to Victoria with her three children. She became a successful realtor and often shared interesting anecdotes about some of the properties she had sold. From 1977 to 1982, she owned and operated a busy delicatessen in the Victoria Hillside Shopping Centre. Lorea was a successful businesswoman utilizing the skills that she acquired through her volunteer work, real estate career and while working in the Banff retail industry.
Lorea was a very skilled bridge player. She met her match at one of the bridge games in Victoria. Ernie Virgin became the love of her life and they were married in March of 1983. They started their married life in Qualicum Beach. While in Qualicum, they started the Friendly Bridge Club which to this day welcomes new and experienced bridge players.
In the latter 1980s, Lorea and Ernie’s love of Victoria led them to build a custom house in Metchosin, on an acre across from the ocean. Their yard became admired throughout the neighbourhood with Lorea managing the greenhouse and the flower beds and Ernie growing vegetables, berries and fruit. They soon had a stand where their flowers, berries, fruit, and vegetables were in high demand.
Lorea was an avid dog lover who owned at least eight dogs over her adult life. She treated each one like a cherished member of her family. When visiting Lorea, you would always find her with a dog on her lap. For a time, she had two schnauzers who were trained as care home visitors and once a week for many years they brightened the life of the residents of the homes they visited.
Lorea enjoyed travelling. She and Ernie bought a place in Brownsville, Texas and, with their dogs, spent many happy winters in the warmer climate. They also travelled extensively throughout the western United States and Mexico. Lorea enjoyed exploring new places and immersing herself in the culture of the neighbourhood.
Lorea was very interested in genealogy. She spent many hours researching her family roots. In the mid 2000s, Lorea and Ernie flew to England to explore the birthplace of her mother. While there, she met several relatives for the first time.
Lorea and Ernie eventually moved to The Gardens at Qualicum Beach Retirement Home. Her Qualicum family were grateful that they choose to move to the Gardens where they soon settled into their 4th floor condo. Together, they welcomed many visitors with good conversation, a cup of tea and some of Lorea’s wonderful homemade cookies.
Lorea was admired, treasured, and loved by both her immediate family and Ernie’s family. She was proud to be a Virgin and a Kendal! Her loving legacy will live on through Ernie and his family and her three children Don, Judy, and Roland, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The Virgin and Kendal families wish to extend their gratitude to the staff of the Eton Section of the 3rd floor of The Gardens for the loving care and wonderful kindness that they showed her.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of British Columbia.
A celebration of life will be held at a later (and safer) date.
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