Dr. Cawilie G.
Dr. Cawilie G. Vergara, age 70 years, passed away February 20, 2014. He was born on March 16, 1943, in Marikina, Philippines to Romeo and Elena Vergara. He graduated from Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in Manila. In 1969, he received the 7th highest score for the medical board exam in the Philippines.
Cawilie was an anesthesiologist in the Toledo area for 32 years. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at The Toledo Hospital from 1972 to 1974. He was instrumental in the development of respiratory and critical care services at The Toledo Hospital and later at St Vincent's Medical Center, which he joined in 1976. He was involved in the clinical training of emergency medicine residents in the Mercy system and for a time with residents coming from the anesthesiology program at MCO. He was a warm and compassionate clinician who collaborated easily with his colleagues in the operating room, be they surgeons, residents, nursing students, or technicians. Cawilie worked at St. Vincent's Medical Center for 27 years. He served as the Associate Chairman for the Department of Anesthesiology at St. Vincent's from 1980-1982.
Cawilie was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, clay shooting, and fishing. He and his wife loved to travel; visiting all 50 states as well as Europe and Asia. Most of all, he prized his time with family and friends.
He is survived by Rita, his loving wife of 43 years and his 3 children, Alexander (Kelly) of Eureka, MO, Bernadette (Michael) of Saratoga, CA, and Christopher of Strongsville, OH. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Ella, Sophie, Maya, and Talia.
Visitation will be Friday, February 28, 2014, from 2:00-9:00 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.). Services will begin with prayers at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1 followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5373 Main St. Sylvania, OH. Interment will be private. Donations in Cawilie's memory may be given to the Filipino Association of Toledo or St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Online condolences may be shared at
Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 23, 2014