Wish we could have been with you to mark the passing of Virginia. How could I have not known the fourth sister? The three dynamos of the Bawlf sisters I do know are so endearing and connected that Virginia will live long in them.
~Debra & Raymond (Vancouver)
When you become friends with Patsy Peters, you automatically become friends with her sisters. Sometimes, I even felt like I was one of the sisters. I don't even remember when I first met Mindy but I used to joke with her that she was my sister from another mother. I loved our vacation in Manning Park where we shared good meals and wine, lots of hikes and good long conversations. We also spent quite a bit of time together in Toronto, meeting for coffee, going for walks in the beaches, and a night I'll never forget - seeing the Barenaked Ladies from the front row! We sang along to every song and danced our hearts out! We just kept looking at each other and laughing! I know we didn't see each other all that often but when we did it was always easy and always joyous. I'm glad to have known you, Mindy, and to have shared such happy times! You'll always be remembered!
In the 1980's Virgina asked me to marry her. I loved her, but my first love was French. So I went to Quebec City to learn French and Virgina accepted her first posting at the CBC in Whitehorse. For many years we remained penpals. Last night, I was thinking about her and discovered to my horror that she was dead. RIP Mindi
I was very fortunate, during my teen years, to be part of a very tight knit circle of friends, which included Mindy. Our group had so much fun playing, misbehaving,laughing and caring for each other. I'm sad that Mindy is gone, but so glad she had a happy life, successful career and friends and family who loved her.
Just had dinner tonight with sisters Barbara, Patricia and Alix. What an amazing family; we raised a glass for Mindy (and her parent Margaret and Leo of course) and reveled in so many fond memories, so many years, so many wonderful shared experiences. Sending love to Graham and our hearts to her sisters and friends far and wide.
Kath & Dick, Patrick, Rory & Ellen
I am so deeply sorry for your loss Graham and dearest family members of Virginia. I met her with my daughter in Cuba (her last trip away) a few yrs ago.We always kept in touch. It was a blessing and joy to meet and get to know of her. She will never be forgotten! She will forever live in your hearts and of everyone whom knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I knew Virginia in the "old days" at CBC Yukon. She was a calm, competent, presence in a sometimes stressed-out newsroom. So sorry to hear of her passing and condolences to her loved ones.
To my dear cousins, Alex, Barbara and Patsy. I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved sister Mindy. I have some very vivid and happy memories of time spent with you all, and Aunt Marty and Uncle Leo, staying at your home in Victoria. Mostly though, I remember my time with Alex and Mindy, as we were closer in age, in our teens, and sowing some wild oats. Mindy was kind hearted and wickedly funny. She had a fantastic laugh and loved life. She will be missed, and I wish I was there to give each of you a big hug.
Love, your cousin
Graham, we at the ILC are deeply saddened by the news and wish we could provide some comfort to you at this time. Know that you are in our thoughts. Sarah Irwin
Very sad to hear of your passing. You were a good friend and we had had some wonderful times together in our teenage years. Our thoughts are with the whole family.
I knew Mindy from high school and remember how much fun we had skiing in Banff. We lost touch but I will never forget her joy of living. Condolences to her family, Maureen Hossack
I met Mindy for the first time in Whitehorse where she was an excellent tour guide!
Rich and I send our sincere thoughts to all of you who loved Mindy. Hold all her wonderful memories close and think of them every day.
Bonnie and Rich
You were a wonderful roommate. We shared some good times at the Kitsilano house and had a lot of laughs.
I only knew Virginia a short time - she was immensely helpful to the Alzheimer Society of Canada as we hosted the 2011 Alzheimer's Disease International Conference in Toronto, and we benefited greatly from her beautiful writing. My heartfelt condolences to Virginia's family.
The first time I met Mindy was early one morning in the kitchen of my house on W 14th ave in Vancouver. She had returned from a party with my roommate and crashed on our couch.What I remember about her most was her laugh,so big and joyful,and her childlike sense of adventure.We lost touch for a few years,and briefly reconnected for dinner in Victoria in the mid 90s,then we both went on different paths again.A true one of a kind,and a great soul.A loss to all who knew her
I am both shocked and grieved to read of my friend Mindy's passing...we hung out a lot in our 20's and Uvic days..she was a great lady...many fond memories of the Bawlf family...my condolences to the family and husband..
I met Mindy in the summer of 1976.We shared a house in Victoria for a few months. She struck me as a person of talent and quality. I will not forget her sense of fun and wonderful ability to laugh out loud. I am sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person to those of you who loved her.
Mindy, your love of life was truly inspiring, and the memories of your friendship will be undying.
"May flights of angels lead you on your way to paradise and heaven's eternal day"
I met Virginia in 2003 when I moved to Victoria and although we lost touch I always remembered her spirit and drive.I am very saddened to hear of her passing. She was a very supportive and generous person and I was very fortunate to have met her. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Having gone to school with Mindy, was such a joy. The smile in this picture is what we saw most of the time. Her infectious love for all who surrounded her was a wonderful thing to be a part of. Thank you Mindy, for all our amazing memories. love, Gail xo :)
Aunt Virginia was such a blessing to our family. She will be very missed.
Miranda Riley (niece of Graham Jones)
I am saddened by this loss of such a vibrant, funny and loving friend. Mindy and I joked that we might have first run into each other raiding an apple orchard when we were kids living in Gordon Head. We were coop housemates in our early 20s while going to UVic and I was fortunate to reconnect with Mindy and meet Graham when I recently moved back to Victoria. I will miss her wit and smile. Mindy was a good friend. My heart goes out to Graham and her sisters.
Love you Mindy. Your friend always, Ellen.
Such a beautiful tribute to a most beloved friend. We will forever miss your laugh, dearest Mindy. Annie and Mizz Z xoxox
Although Graham & Virginia & John & I have only been friends for 5 or 6 years we became very good friends very quickly. We are so saddened by this horrid disease that has take a vibrant light from all our lives. Our hearts ache for our loss & especially for Graham & Evan & her sisters, who we often heard her speak of with such humour & love.
I am posting a couple of pictures from our trip to Cuba 3 years ago.