1937 - 2021
VIGIL, Joseph Lawrence, "Joe," age 84, formerly of San Francisco passed away Sunday October 3, 2021. He was born in Durango, Colorado on April 26, 1937 to Louis and Della Garcia Vigil. During childhood, Joe moved from Colorado to San Francisco, and spent the remainder of his life in the San Francisco, Bay Area. He was a graduate of Mission High School in 1955. Joe also received an associates degree from San Francisco City College before beginning an exemplary career serving the people and city of San Francisco. Joe had many honorable achievements, including active duty in the U.S. Army, a career as a San Francisco police officer, and most notably becoming a father. During his 25 years with the San Francisco Police Department, Joe received a bronze medal of valor, a gold medal of valor, and a meritorious conduct award; all which represents an act of bravery, or important contributions. His strong work ethic, and good-natured personality granted him special assignments such as celebrity security for bestselling author Danielle Steele. After retiring from SFPD in 1990, Joe began a long second career as security for Espirit. He was a lifelong fan of baseball, and played softball his entire adult life hanging up his cleats at the age of 67. Joe replaced his cleats with dancing shoes, and frequented bay area ballrooms with his wife Virgie. He lived each day with a kind, honorable, and loyal spirit. Preceded in death by his parents Louis and Della Vigil; sisters Margaret Greco, Josephine F. Vigil Ruybal, Estella Genna; brother Roldan Vigil; and daughter Anna Stephens. He is survived by wife Virginia "Virgie" Vigil of 26 years; son, Robert J. Vigil and his wife Margie; daughter, Selina Vigil; 8 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday October 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St Joseph Cemetery & Funeral Center, 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo, CA. 94806. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Joe's honor to the San Francisco Police Widows' and Orphans' Aid Association. Condolences may be sent to [email protected]
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12, 2021.