Virgilio Manela

Virgilio Manela

Wednesday, February 12th, 1936 - Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Virgilio Manela, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Virgilio Manela

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Virgilio's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Virgilio's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


Virgilio Cantada Manela 84, of San Diego, Ca, passed away Wednesday night, March 11, 2020, surrounded by his family. Born February 12, 1936, in DasmariƱas, Philippines, he was the son of the late Primitivo and Susana Manela.

Virgilio was dearly loved and well-respected as a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a father in-law, uncle, godfather, cousin and beloved friend to all.

Vigie is survived by his wife Dorothy of 55 years, sons Bert David, Mark, Norman (deceased) and daughter Lisa, sister Mila, grandchildren Michael, Asia, Malena, Marco, Mackenzie, Makaila, Ken, Hannah, great-grandchildren Michael Jr., and Elijah and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Vigie joined the Navy at 23 years old and arrived in San Diego for bootcamp. Later, he served on 2 ships at the start of the Vietnam War. He was then stationed in Memphis, Tennessee where he met his wife Dorothy Gay and began his career as a U.S. Naval Musician. Upon completion of 20 years of faithful service he retired to spend more time with his family and various hobbies. Vigie loved making jokes, marching bands, cowboy and action movies, his gun collection, Starbucks and decaf coffee, golfing, muscle cars, karaoke, cooking, and food of all types. He was a man with many interests and talents.

The Manela family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support during this difficult time.
Read Less

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Virgilio
  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 1:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 3:00pm
    East County Mortuary Chapel
    374 N. Magnolia Ave.
    EL CAJON, CA 92020
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Virgilio here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Chris, Edz & Xander Manela , Lorna Tacelly, Annette Martinez Nuntasiri, and other have sent flowers to the family of Virgilio Manela.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Chris, Edz & Xander Manela , Lorna Tacelly

Posted at 11:57pm
You are in our hearts and prayers. We will always remember Uncle VG as our Tijuana's guide and protector. He's smile at the border is a sweet memory
Flower Image

Chris, Edz & Xander Manela , Lorna Tacelly purchased flowers for the family of Virgilio Manela. Send Flowers


Annette Martinez Nuntasiri

Posted at 10:48pm
My condolences to you Lisa, Bert, Mark and Mom, May you find strength amongst each other during this difficult time.
Flower Image

Annette Martinez Nuntasiri purchased flowers and planted a memorial tree for the family of Virgilio Manela. Send Flowers


Bella Manela and family

Posted at 01:54pm
With heartfelt condolences...our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Flower Image

Bella Manela and family purchased the Peaceful White Lilies Basket for the family of Virgilio Manela. Send Flowers


Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: