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John, the son of Achilles and Albina Royal was born June 24, 1922 in Wolf Creek, Colorado and passed away peacefully in his home on February 18, 2012 in San Pedro, California. He was preceded in death by his son, John Joseph Royal, Jr. John is survived by the love of his life and wife of 64 years, Rosie; his daughter, Linda Smith (Brent); his grandson, Ian (fianc#233; Jillian); his granddaughter, Kimberly Smith; and three sisters, Virginia Mulligan, Marion Patricio and Betty Peterson. John's family came from Colorado in 1928 at which time he attended Barton Hill, Dana and San Pedro High School. At a young age, he began working as a milk boy and carrier for the News Pilot to support his family. After graduating high school, he attended the United States Maritime Officers School and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. In 1946, John began commercial fishing and became a member of Fisherman's Union Local 33, I.L.W.U. In 1957, he was elected executive secretary-treasurer of the Fisherman's Union, Local 33, I.L.W.U. and held that position until August 1, 1995. During these years, John was appointed to several state and national committees including president of the LA Harbor Commission and advisor to Pacific Fishery Management Council. Aside from work, he enjoyed his years in the Mazzini Club, B.P.O.E., Italian-American Club, Boy's Club and D.B.'s. His true passions in life were being with his family, spending time in Colorado, fishing and working in his garden, helping others and fighting vigorously for the rights of the fishing industry. This is a small glimpse of the amazing life John lead, but is short of highlighting all his accomplishments and contributions to his family and community. John was loved dearly and will be deeply missed. The Memorial Service for Mr. Royal will be Monday, February 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the Green Hills Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. Visitation is Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 at the Green Hills Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research at 1-800-873-6983 tribute #30353542. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

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Published in Daily Breeze from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2012
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