Condolences for Virgilio R. Pilapil, MD

Elena E. Pilapil posted on 5/9/19

Virgilio, my beloved husband of almost 60 years, you left me on January 16, 2019. What is left for me are all the unforgettable memories of our togetherness and shared happy moments. You gave me everything that any woman would deserve as well as the moon, as you promised when we were young. Now that you are gone I am presuming you are resting in Heaven. It’s really too much pain to bear, you being gone from my sight, but I don’t have any choice but to accept it. As I had said at the hospital when you were critical “you were given to me by God and I am giving you back to him.” That is the only way I am able to accept you being gone from me forever on this Earth with full acceptance and peace. Now that you are gone, in my grief, I have your children, relatives, friends, and acquaintances to share my happy and fond memories of you. Virgilio, my husband, may God bless you and may you rest in peace, your beloved wife, Elena


Tess Manikis & Robert Smith posted on 2/1/19

Ate Nena, our condolences and prayers are with you and the family during this most difficult time. May he rest in peace.


Patricia Halagao posted on 1/26/19

Thank you Manong Gil for building a foundation for Filipino scholarship through your founding of the FANHS Journal.


Lora Bofill MD posted on 1/24/19

Dear Auntie Elena and family, We were saddened to learn of Uncle Gil's passing. He was a sponsor in our wedding a little over a year ago. In addition, you have been dear friends of my family for many years, from medical organizations to medical missions to family events such as weddings. We will continue to pray for you. Uncle Gil will stay with us forever in our hearts. Love, Lora and Fred


Dr. Barbara M. Posadas posted on 1/24/19

Dear Elena and Family, Roland and I are profoundly saddened to learn of Gil’s passing. His warmth, generosity and dedication to his family, to his profession, and to the history of Filipino Americans will never be forgotten. We first met Gil at the Filipino American National Historical Society Conference in New Orleans in 1988, a gathering especially memorable for its windy boat trip to Saint Malo, Louisiana, the site of first Filipino settlement in what would become the United States. Four years later, in 1992, Gil and Barbara chaired the program committee for the FANHS Conference in Chicago. Gil’s involvement continued unabated in the years that followed; he remained a FANHS trustee at the time of his death. Locally, Gil was instrumental in the founding of the Filipino American Historical Society of Springfield thirty-one years ago. We looked forward to receiving each lovingly compiled and edited issue of the Society’s Bulletin that Gil sent, his last being Vol. XXXI, No. 4 & 5, dated December 28, 2018. Gil will forever be fondly remembered. With sincere sympathy, Barbara and Roland Barbara M. Posadas, Ph.D., & Roland L. Guyotte, Ph.D. DeKalb, IL, and Morris, MN


Raymond, Deborah & Viviana Pilapil posted on 1/23/19

We want to thank everyone for your support and kindness during this very difficult time in our lives. Dad had an accomplished, full life, yet we are saddened by his sudden passing last week. We appreciate your phone calls, text messages, and cards. Thank you for keeping our family in your prayers!


Ben, Lucie Rivera & Family posted on 1/23/19

Dear Nena and family. You are a part of our extended family. You were one of our first Filipino friends in America. All these years we have kept in touch and we do love you for all that you represent. We miss Gil. Gil and all of you are in our family's prayers.


Salome S Siroy posted on 1/23/19

Our deepest sympathy to our dear friend, Nena Pilapil and her family on the passing of her loving husband, an admirable man, Dr. Virgilio Pilapil. We were friends in Illinois and have known him for over 40 years. Gil was talented, kind, patient, generous, humanitarian, a writer and a true friend. He will be long remembered by his friends from CIPAS, AFPSI and APPA. May he forever rest in peace and join our Lord in heaven! Love, Dr. Edwin and Sally Siroy and Dr. Alan Siroy, Palm Coast, Florida


Jesse and Margie Bernardo posted on 1/23/19

We extend our most sincere condolences to you, Nena and Family. May our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of Gil's soul to heaven, a man of distinguished humanity. Our hearts are with you. Your cousin, Jesse Bernardo and Family


Mirasol Angeles Rowe posted on 1/22/19

Nena, cousin & precious friend- our deepest condolence to you- Catherine, Caroline, Gilly, Ray and the rest of the family. Virgilio was a wonderful man, he was caring, generous, loving & kind. He will be sorely missed. He took several visits to Malolos Philippines and shared precious time to be with us. We are both humbled and proud to be able to be with both of you. May the blessings and love of God be with you and your family, always. Love & hugs from your cousins- Sol, Levi, Ray, Din Nannette and the rest of the Angeles family. Peace.


Dante Pilapil posted on 1/22/19

Our deepest sympathy to our beloved cousin Dr. Virgilio Pilapil may you rest in peace kuya Ver.


willie pilapil posted on 1/22/19

Condolence ho insong Elena and family.RIP kuya Ver...thank you for everything.


Remedios A. Antonino posted on 1/22/19

Our condolences and sympathy to my sister Nena, my nieces Catherine & Caroline, my nephews Gilly & Ray and the rest of the family during your hour of grief. We will be praying for you Gil. May you find the peace, joy and fulfillment in your next journey in life. Love & Prayers, Ate Remy


Angelita & Arielito A. Antonino posted on 1/22/19

Our deepest condolences to Tita Nena, Catherine, Caroline, Gilly, Ray & the rest of the family during your hour of grief. Tito Gil & Tita Nina are like our second father & mother since we partially grew up with them when we were younger and although we were separated from them several years ago - they have never stopped visiting us here in the Philippines - giving us invaluable support & advice. I remember the trip Tito Gil, Tita Nena & I took visit Cebu & Bohol visiting the Philippine tarsier monkeys in their sanctuary as well as several museums in Cebu. Tito Gil’s undying love & interest in Dr. Jose Rizal’s life & works is quite inspiring as well as his humanitarian efforts in providing medical supplies & providing scholarships to ensure education to the less fortunate. His deep desire to preserve & advance Filipino culture lives on in all his works & is an inspiration to us all.


Hazel Manansala posted on 1/22/19

May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences. Only God can know what you are feeling in your heart now, and only He can restore your spirit.


Hazel Manansala posted on 1/22/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences. - Manansala family


Gil, Jr. posted on 1/22/19

Dad, I love you and I always will, you are my father and were and always will be my best friend. I’ve lost you on this earth as my mentor, my role model, my encourager and supporter but you will forever live in my memories, in my heart, and in the positive things that I accomplish and do in this life. You gave me strength and courage to find my way as a man and although I can never measure up to you, I am so proud to be a fraction of who you were and what you have accomplished. I cannot remember a time when I said “no” or “I can’t” to you and that is only because I cannot remember a time when you said “no” or “I can’t” to me. You will be remembered and missed every day of my life. I know you watch over me and all of us from up above and I will rejoice in the day when I am once again in your loving presence. So for now, I leave you in the care of our heavenly Father and pray that he will eternally bless you. Your Junior and your forever loving Son, Gilly


Michele Diedrich posted on 1/22/19

My deepest condolences to my dear friend Catherine and the Pilapil family. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Pilapil 18 years ago and fondly remember what a gracious family man he was. His passion and contribution to the betterment of others was exemplary. He has left quite a legacy and will be greatly missed but never forgotten.


Ann McMinn Hopkins posted on 1/22/19

Our family met Dr. Pilapil in the early 70s when he accepted our daughter as his patient. Stacy had Down Syndrome with a heart defect. Dr. Pilapil was perfect for her - patient, gentle and kind and he understood Stacy and how to deal with her. I never knew Dr. Pilapil out side of the office, but I did know he was a gentleman and a gentle man with a special concern for our Stacy. He continued to doctor her beyond the pediatric stage for which we were grateful. Stacy's heart finally tuckered out and we lost her in 2016 at the age of 45. I was so sorry to see the announcement of Dr. Pilapil in the paper - he was special. My prayers are with his family.


Dr.Carlos and Diva de Lara posted on 1/21/19

Our condolences to you, Elena and the whole Pilapil family. Although we may not have known Gil for as long as some the impressions he made in our minds, hearts, and deep into our souls will last forever. We will remember him in many ways...Gil had integrity and character...was courageous and went after what he wanted. He was energetic and eager to work. He listened, had self respect and gave respect to all. He also had a good sense of humor. He said what he meant, and meant what he said. We will remember him as a loyal and dedicated man who followed through with his word even with people who didn’t follow through with theirs. He worked hard... was a family man and thankful and gracious for everything he received. His desire was to advance culture so that future Filipino generations would find the world a better place. Our hearts feel broken...but he will continue to live on in our beautiful memories of him and in the legacy of his organizations. He lives on in the people he helped go through school with his humanitarian work and scholarships he provided for those here and back home, for without Gil’s efforts their goals may have been a bigger challenge to reach..., and we will always have his written words. It is an honor and privilege to have had Gil as a dear friend. May our prayers ease the pain of this great loss and the comfort of God help us. We love you Elena. Please know how much we are saddened that we are not able to be by your side at this time. May God bless Gil’s soul so he rest in peace. With our love, prayers and deepest sympathy. ❤️❤️❤️ Caloy and Diva


Van Clemente posted on 1/21/19

Thank you Tito Gil for all the love and support. Thank you for the good memories and all the lessons that you have given us. We will continue what you have started, the thought of helping people and giving them chance to have a great life. We will keep it always in our hearts and mind. We will keep in touch with your family and give them the best like what you have given to us. We miss you Tito We love you so much. God bless Tito! Love Mike, Van, and Kyla Clemente.


Arlene & Brian Ilagan/Clemente Family posted on 1/21/19

Our deepest condolences and sympathy to you,Tita Nena, and the whole Pilapil Family. We will forever treasure all the wonderful & happy times we spent with Tito Gil. Thank you very much Tito Gil for all your good advice, support, love & care. You taught us to see only the good and positive side of Life, to keep Smiling & always be Happy . May you rest in peace in the arms of our Lord Almighty in heaven. God bless you Tito & your Loving Family From Arlene & Brian Ilagan and Clemente Family


Mariano A. Santos, KCR posted on 1/20/19

In behalf of the Central USA Area Knights of Rizal, we extend condolences to the family of Sir Dr. Virgilio R. Pilapil, KGOR of the LIncolnland Chapter of the Knights of Rizal. Sir Virgilio had done a lot of exemplary contributions to spread the ideals of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, among his numerous services to the community. May God's perpetual light shine upon our Brother knight Virgilio and may he have eternal peace. Not Everything in Us will Die (NOM OMNIS MORIAR)


Rosemarie Monton posted on 1/20/19

Condolence to the Pilapil family. Our prayers are with you.


Jean Wikowsky posted on 1/20/19

My deepest sympathy to the Pilapil family for their lost. I worked in Pediatrics at St. John's and enjoyed taking care of his patients.


Cat posted on 1/20/19

Thank u all for the hearfelt , kind sentiments and beautiful messages about Dad! I'm so glad you have fond memories of Dad and were touched in some way knowing him. He will be missed greatly and was loved by so many.He is onto his new journey and life now w God.Thank u all for ur love, support and care! ❤️ God bless u! RIP Dad w love, His daughter Cat + family


Johnnetta M Mayfield posted on 1/20/19

It is with a heavy heart that I leave this message to the family to my friend Cat and her family I am so sorry for your loss, Though I did not know Dr.P in a personal capacity I am honored to have met him and taken care of him for the time I did, he was always light hearted and a joy to take care of. To the family you have my deepest sympathy and to my friend Cat I know what is like to lose a loved one and I am but a phone call away if you need anything. My the lord shine his light on you and your family in this time of grief.


Espejo Family posted on 1/20/19

Our deepest sympathies to the Pilapil Family. Gil was a pillar of the Fil-Am community here in Central Illinois he will be truly missed. I was honored to have lunch with him just a few days before his demise and he felt so positive of his recovery. I am sure his legacy will remain with all of us! “Let Perpetual Light shine upon Gil.”


Rano S. Bofill, M.D. posted on 1/20/19

Judy and me are very saddened with the passing of Gil whom we have known for many years and joins the many others who mourns for him. Gil was a leader of organizations, writer, editor of medical and non-medical publications, author, military officer, and a humanitarian being involved in medical missions for thirty years. We pray to God for wife Elena and Gil's family. May Gil rest in peace. God Bless. Rano.


Dr. Ronald Buenaventura posted on 1/19/19

My sincere condolences to Dr. Virgilio Pilapil and family. I enjoyed volunteering with this pinoy!