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Alvin Kaye

February 7, 1925 -
February 9, 2012

Alvin Kaye, born in Brooklyn, NY, was the youngest of four brothers and sisters in a close-knit family. He was the beloved husband of Miriam (deceased), loving father of Ellen and Michael, and doting grandfather of Philip and Aurora. Al remained on the East Coast during the early part of his life, graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in animal husbandry. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, joining his two older brothers in World War II service. Al served on the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-la, deployed in the Pacific Theatre. Al married the love of his life, Miriam, right after the war and began his own family, moving to New Jersey and working in NYC with his father-in-law in the garment industry. Al's family moved to San Pedro, CA in 1959, following earlier cross-country moves by his brothers, sister and mother, becoming a well-known and beloved San Pedro resident and local businessman. Initially working with brothers, Dick and Ira Kaye, and cousin, Robby Robinson, at Union War Surplus in downtown San Pedro, Al later became sole proprietor. Al became known to all as "Cheerful Al" with the big smile and friendly greeting he had for everyone he encountered. Operating from 1947 to 2010, Union War was a local institution. Memorable for his full beard and playful sense of humor, Al divided his time between family and business, managing to squeeze in weekend horseback rides on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and travels with Miriam. Al and Miriam enjoyed over 50 wonderful years together. Together, Al and Miriam adored being grandparents, spending as much time as possible with Philip and Aurora, and Al continued being active in his grandchildren's lives. Al is survived by daughter Ellen, son Michael, grandchildren Philip and Aurora, and loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16 in the chapel at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Please sign the guestbook
at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 15, 2012
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