Bolger, Virginia (née Cole)
March 23, 2020

1936 – 2020

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Virginia (Vicky) Belle Cole Hawkes Bolger, devoted mother of four and loving grandmother of seven children, passed peacefully.  She was 84 years old.

Vicky was born on February 15, 1936 in Amherst, NS to parents Harold Cole and Stella Wilson.  Upon the early demise of her first husband, Stella remarried Harley Hawkes.  Vicky was the eldest of twelve children raised primarily by Stella and Harley.  Vicky met Charles (Chuck) Bolger, a young man from Charlottetown P.E.I. at a local P.E.I. dance hall.  They married in Montreal on October 12th, 1957.

“Gin” (as dad would call her) and Chuck had four children:  Brad, Cheryl, Steven and Karen.

Mom was left to raise her 4 children for the most part on her own as Chuck (Dad) passed away at the young age of 45.   She persevered with sheer determination and love for her family and raised 4 young children into 4 adults that she was always very proud of.   We always felt secure, safe and above all loved beyond measure.

Vicky enjoyed country music (Charlie Pride was her well-known favorite), making crafts for Christmas playing cards and scrabble on her IPAD.   She truly enjoyed living the past several months at Residence Des Sources.  Above all of this though she adored her family and always seemed happiest during time spent with them.

We will never forget you Mom.  Whether individually or especially when gathered together as family, as you so loved, you will always be a part of us, forever in our minds, hearts, in laughter and through good times and bad.  You will be with us.  Psalm 126 reads, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints “and to us you certainly were our Saint.  We pray that you will soar swiftly on “Silver Wings” to meet your so justly deserved reward, and join with God, the Maker and Author of all that is love, to be re-united with all those whom here you loved and lost.  Though here below we will surely miss you the rest of our earthly days, we will try our best to remember.. “This too shall pass”.  Until we meet again Mom, we love you.

Vicky is predeceased by her spouse Charles (Chuck) Bolger, birth parents Stella Wilson and Harold Cole, and step-father Harley Hawkes.   She will live on within the cherished memories of her children Karen (Timothy) Darwent, Steven (Aurora (Dec.)) Bolger, Cheryl (Dan) Lamoureux,  Brad (Maria) Bolger, and her grandchildren: Justin, Krista, Jenni, Brooke, Christopher, Leah and Emma.  In addition she will be dearly missed by her eleven siblings: Kay, Sandra, Donna, Edwin (Dec.), Carl, Jim, Judy, Beverly, Barbara, Allan, and Charlotte (and their families), and further extended family members as well as several friends, all of whom were close to her loving heart.

Due to current circumstances, a Funeral Service and Celebration of Life will take place a later date.

Our family wishes to pass along our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the Lakeshore Hospital ICU Care team for the compassionate care given to mom

The family would appreciate that your donations in her memory be given to the Princess Margaret Cancer Center Ride to Conquer Cancer or a charity of your choice.

Arr. entrusted to Voluntas ( | (514) 695-7979).

3 responses

  1. Steven Bolger

    March 26, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I hope you’re surrounded by beloved family and the most beautiful crystal chandeliers you have ever seen Mom XOXO – Steven

  2. Heather and Barb Woo

    March 30, 2020 at 10:08 am

    You will be very dearly missed. Fly high and RIP.

  3. Irene & David Roberts

    March 30, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
    Our condolences.


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