Virgil was born in National City, California in 1943 and spent his early childhood on the sand in Manhattan Beach. Later, in 1959 his family moved to West Covina and he graduated from Edgewood High school in 1961. He joined the Azusa Fire Department in 1965, held positions as firefighter, paramedic, engineer and promoted to captain. He joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1983 when the two departments merged, and retired as a captain in 1999. Following his retirement, he earned his Merchant Marine Officer license allowing him to pilot commercial vessels in open water.
Virgil moved to Oxnard in 1986 and soon after joined the Channel Islands Yacht Club until 1999. He and his extended family and friends spent much time fishing the local channels, cruising, travel and in the last few years at their second summer residence in northern Idaho. While he had only a short time as a member of the Oxnard Joslyn Lawn Bowls Club, he very much enjoyed his games here.
Virgil leaves 1 wife, 3 sons, 1 step daughter and 7 grandchildren, 1 sister, 2 brothers and lots of nieces and nephews.
His ashes will be scattered at sea near Santa Cruz Island as soon as permitted.
Virgil and Linda Lockhart at club Christmas Party