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Jack Kanuit led a very full and special life. Almost 92 years old, he passed away on June 24, 2014. He was born on August 15, 1922 in Duluth, Minnesota. He was the only child of John and Loretta (Reilly) Kanuit. When Jack was five years old, his family moved to Los Angeles. He graduated from Manual Arts High School. During this time, his Dad passed away and he lived with his Aunt Bernice (Reilly) and Uncle George Wallace in San Pedro. While at Manual Arts, Jack played on the basketball team and was even the coach of the "C" basketball team. On September 18, 1942, Jack married the first love of his life, Gina Thomas.
After the outbreak of WWII, he joined the United States Coast Guard where he served on the USS Buttonwood which saw extensive action in the Pacific. After the war, with the GI Bill, Jack attended Southwestern Business College where he earned a Certificate in Public Accounting. He opened his first accounting practice in Westchester and later opened offices on Pacific Coast Highway in Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beach.
Jack and Gina lived in Manhattan Beach and had three children: John, Kellie and Sharie. In 1960, they built a home in Palos Verdes Estates where they raised their family. Jack loved music and blasting the stereo like a teenager. In 1961, an avid golfer, Jack joined the Palos Verdes Golf Club where he remained an active member for 51 years. He was proud of winning the Seniors Championship Tournament but he was most thrilled about his Hole-in-One at Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach. Sadly, Jack's wife, Gina, passed away at the age of 65. He had the good fortune to meet the second love of his life, Kay Chase and they were married in 1991. He loved Kay's daughters, Ann and Wendy Chase and was involved and enthusiastic about their growing families. Jack and Kay moved to Redondo Beach where they enjoyed being so close to the ocean. Jack loved working and retired at the age of 89. Jack was a life-long LA Rams and Los Angeles Dodgers fan and was thrilled to watch Dodger games on his huge flat screen and loved listening to Vin Scully on the radio. One of his favorite places was Catalina where he took his entire family on many fabulous vacations and where The Kanuit Olympics were a big hit.
Jack was truly from the "Greatest Generation." Coming from very little means, Jack made the most of every opportunity. He survived the Depression, went to war, went to college and built a successful business. He made great lifetime friends and was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Jack is survived by his loving wife, Kay. He was a fabulous Dad and grandfather, known as Papa Jack to: John (Cathie), Allison and McKenna Kanuit; Sharie (Kanuit), Cole, Nick and Kara Van Hoogenstyn and Kellie Kanuit.
Jack treasured his family and friendships and we were all so blessed to have him in our lives. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 3, 2014
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