In Memoriam – Virgil Reames
Virgil James Reames
October 1, 1938 – June 25, 2014
Sidney Museum and Arts Association regrets to inform our friends and members of the sudden passing of Virgil Reames, our historian and archivist. Virgil passed away peacefully at his home. He has always been an inspiration for us in our work and will continue to be in the future. He has been a wonderful colleague and friend and will be sorely missed.
Virgil James Reames was a resident of Kitsap county his entire life. After retiring in 1984 from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, he became a long-term volunteer at the Sidney Museum and Arts Association – helping to create and maintain exhibits, archives, historical photographs, grounds and facilities and (on occasion) Santa at the Log Cabin. Virgil was president of SMAA in 2001 and 2002. When Mary Peterson took over in 2003, she wrote that “[h]is love of local history is evident not only in his dedication to the Sidney Gallery and Museum and the Log Cabin Museum but in the genuine care, compassion and appreciation he demonstrates to the older members of our community in recognition of the part they played and are still playing in the formation of our county.”
Virgil set an outstanding example to all of us as a guardian of our heritage and he did it with humor and creativity and the expertise he brought to everything he did.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Sidney Art Gallery on July 13, 2014 beginning at 4:00 p.m.