Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Rest in Peace: Father Virgil Cordano

I don't have a lot of information yet but I understand from Channel 3 that Father Virgil Cordano passed away from cancer just a few hours ago at 89 years old. Born in 1918, he was an amazing man with a great deal of love in his heart -- he will be missed. He will "Lie in State" on Wednesday and Thursday; and there will be a funeral ceremony on Friday, May 30th. More details to come. May he rest in peace.



Anonymous The death of a local institution said...

Father Virgil was an incredibly class act. A Santa Barbara gentlemen and an inspirational icon who will be missed greatly.

I didn’t hear the KEYT broadcast last night, but read tributes this morning in Noozhawk, online at the Independent, online by the publisher of the Daily Sound, at Craig Smith’s, and here on Blogabarbara. The news will undoubtedly be all over my email from EdHat this morning.

I don’t receive the News-Press any longer, but judging from its website the News-Press so far is silent about the passing of Father Virgil.

5/23/2008 6:26 AM  
Anonymous the passing of an institution said...

The News-Press has a front-page article about the remarkable Father Virgil, written by "staff report." The article is now on the News-Press website.

5/23/2008 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Wake up call said...

The NewsPress had a tender front page story about the passing of Cordano with a top of the page photo too.

Please slow down in your automatic criticism of the NewsPress. You are helping them win their case.

5/23/2008 9:47 AM  
Anonymous the NewsMess still is one said...

Wake up call is still asleep.

The NewsPress missed a major story again.

Original stories were published by KEYT and at least three newspapers and their web sites.

The article by NewsLess today is mostly recycled material via Associated Press, which is really the work of the NewsPress competitors.

That is why "staff report" is the by-line.

Call it "tender" or not, but this is not automatic criticism but yet another example of the continuing slide of irrelevance of the NewsPress, where stories are missed or simply repeated from other sources.

5/23/2008 2:39 PM  
Anonymous barbara said...

Can't the posters to this site honor the passing of a true local hero without passing judgment on the News Press? Good heavens, people, stop the sniping and offer a prayer for his eternal soul. And thanks he graced us with his presence for so long.

5/23/2008 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Dirk Brandts said...

It's sad to hear of Father Virgil's passing, but he led a good life. I had many pleasant encounters with him thru the years, and my admiration for him grew with time.

One occasion stands out in my memory--it was the very first I Madonnari festival. I drew a picture of Christ surfing a nice big wave with no board under his feet--mildly irreverent, but not ugly or rude. I remember looking up from my work at one point as Father Virgil's shadow cast onto my square. He had a small entourage of priests behind him, and they looked grim. Suddenly I had a twinge of doubt about my picture, so I tried to joke. "Forgive me, Father?" Virgil just gave a little smile and bowed his head, made a small Sign of the Cross, and said, "You have my blessing," at which point all the other priests chuckled and the group moved away.

I'm sorry he's gone.

5/23/2008 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Guardian Angel said...

Thank you Angel Pacheco for the wonderful full page front page spread on Father Virgil Cordano in this morning's NewsPress. Finding all those local stories was a great way to share this event with the community. Keep up the excellent local reporting, Angel.

5/24/2008 8:02 AM  
Anonymous editrix said...

Uh, I think you mean rest in peace.

5/24/2008 11:17 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I did -- thanks for the good eyes.

5/24/2008 3:54 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

NP Fan (left out) -- the judge decision has no place here. Coverage maybe but not that.

5/29/2008 6:57 PM  

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