Obituary of Virgilio Cabal TURINGAN

November 27, 1932 - Tuguegarao, Philippines
April 15, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Virgilio (Bill), beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening at the age of 87.

Bill was born in Tuguegarao in the verdant Cagayan Valley, and emigrated with his young family from the Philippines to Calgary in February of 1974 with his beloved wife Fe, and six children: Josephine (Dale), Virgilio Jr. (Gemma), Cynthia, Victor (Mimi), Catalina (Brian) and Virginia (Uwe). Bill had blissful memories of growing up in his Bagongbayan barrio, and was proud of his professional life, working with the National Development Company and TransCon Transport Co. in the Philippines before a storied three-decade career with the Canadian Pacific Railway (a highlight of which was his tenure serving as union rep advocating for his fellow workers).

For a time, Bill and his wife worked two full-time jobs to support their young family, planting the seeds for the happiness of their many grandchildren: Lena (survived by her husband Cam, may she rest in peace), William (rest in peace), Jonathan (Kylie), Sheldon (Natasha), Jordan, Brittany (Nick), James (Shana), Lauren (Mohsin), Michelina, Adam (Hueneme), Christian, Michael, Daniel and Nicholas. This family bloomed to include extended grandchildren Andrea (Andrew), Lucinda, Angell (Shayne), Ben (Laura), and the blessings of great-grandchildren Kingston, Gabrielle, Charlie, Jacob, Henri and newborn baby Londyn, as well as Aislin and Kiana. When he wasn’t working tirelessly to support his family, Bill was a diehard Calgary Flames fan and loved cheering for Manny Pacquiao. Bill was also very connected to community life and volunteered with local Filipino seniors’ organizations. He loved his friends and nothing pleased him more than dressing to the nines and dancing at community parties. He will always be remembered as the cornerstone of his family’s cultural and culinary legacy, and no family gathering would be complete without his adobo and pinakbet. Grandpa Bill was a pious and devoted Catholic and never left home without seeking benedictions first, and his family takes solace knowing he is resting in the arms of his Lord and Saviour, along with his siblings Segundino, Melecio, Vicitacion and Nicanora, and of course his wife Fe, for whom he nurtured the flame of his deepest love with his every breath. The family would like to offer a special thanks for the nurses and staff of BowView Manor, for their tireless effort and great care of our Grandpa Bill.

A Private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Graveside to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Virgilio’s obituary at

In living memory of Virgilio C. Turingan, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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