Virginia Bawlf

April 15, 1955 - November 11, 2013

Our dear, sweet Virginia has passed away. Born on April 15, 1955, in Vancouver, Virginia Maude Bawlf was one of four daughters born to Margaret (née Power) and Leo Bawlf. As a girl, she somehow mispronounced her given name as Mindy, a nickname she carried all her life. Virginia grew up in Victoria's Gordon Head neighbourhood, attending St. Patrick's Elementary, St. Ann's Academy, Mount Douglas Secondary, and the University of Victoria, where she studied theatre. Always curious and inquisitive, Virginia received an honours diploma in broadcast journalism from the B.C. Institute of Technology. She launched her career in radio at private stations in Nanaimo and Victoria before spending 17 years on-air with CBC Radio in Whitehorse, Quebec City and Victoria. She was one of the original seven hired to launch the CBC station in her hometown in 1998. She took French immersion courses at Laval University and the Université de Québec à Chicoutimi. Her radio reports from across Canada were notable for her love of language, for the rhythm of sound, and for her ability to capture the humanity of her subjects. Virginia was especially adept at covering the arts, not always an easy assignment. Leave it to Virginia to present a visual medium such as painting to a radio audience. After leaving radio in 2005, she provided wise communications advice to such clients as the YWCA and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Virginia loved to travel, enjoyed cycling and skiing, and so loved swimming her sisters thought her part fish. She met the love of her life, Graham Jones, through a mutual friend in 2003 and they married in Victoria in August, 2006, a joyous ceremony held at St. Ann's, where she had attended classes as a girl. Graham and Virginia heard a lot of music and had a lot of laughs in their years together, a time that was far too short. Virginia leaves her loving husband, Graham Jones, her stepson Evan Jones of Palo Alto, Calif., her sisters Barbara Bawlf, Alix Bawlf and Patsy Peters, all of Vancouver, and her niece Lara Peters of Ottawa. The family offers profound thanks to the caring nurses, doctors, volunteers and staff at Victoria Hospice. Donations in Virginia's memory can be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation.
Published in The Times Colonist from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2013