Virgilio I. Gonzales, chemist, reporter

Virgilio I. Gonzales of Danbury, a chemist at Boehringer Ingelheim in Ridgefield and a news reporter at The Ridgefield Press, died Aug. 2 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Maria Corazon J. Gonzales. He was 84.

Mr. Gonzales was born on March 13, 1932 in the Philippines, a son of the late Arsenio and Consuelo Gonzales. He was a graduate of the University of the Philippines. He immigrated to the United States in 1979 and was a Danbury resident since 1982.

He was a chemist for 16 years before retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Filipino American Association of Western Connecticut. He was a news reporter at The Press for several years in the 1990s. He is the author of Waiting for General McArthur, published in 2014, and Let Freedom Ring, published in 2016.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons; Arsenio of Danbury and Virgilio II of Meriden; a daughter, Leilani Gonzales of Danbury; two brothers, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church in Danbury.

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—by the staff