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Leslie Wilfrid Vien

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Leslie Wilfrid Vien

Les Vien, a 65-year resident of San Pedro, CA, died June 28, 2013 surrounded by loving family members. Les was born March 3, 1918 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he spent his youth. In 1938, Les drove his Model A Ford to California to visit a cousin in San Pedro and immediately fell in love with Southern California. Les found work at the San Pedro Post Office, working there in various positions until America entered WW II. During the war Les served his country as a radar technician on the USS Cambria, participating in the Marianas, Philippines, Saipan and Okinawa campaigns, arriving in Nagasaki harbor days after the Japanese surrender. Upon discharge Les returned to San Pedro, and in 1947 he married Betty Black, whom he'd met at Cabrillo Beach prior to the war. Les worked at the Post Office while earning his degree in accounting at the University of Southern California, graduating in 1950, following which he worked for many years as a Business Manager for school districts in Southern California and overseas in Taiwan and Thailand. Les truly enjoyed his 30 + years of retired life in San Pedro, the best of which were shared with wife Betty, who passed away in 2002. Les enjoyed golfing and watching his beloved Trojans, and he had a special love of music, especially the big bands, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Les was an accomplished piano player and entertained family and friends at parties large and small, playing standards, personal favorites and requests with ease. Les could fix almost anything and was always happy to help those in need. He was a font of knowledge and humor to all who knew him, and he'll be greatly missed by friends and family. He is survived by son Steven (Rita Dever), daughter Leslie Seltzer, granddaughters, Anna and Eva, and many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held on July 26, 2013 at Mary Star of the Sea Church, at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Star of the Sea High School Scholarship fund in Les' name. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from July 13 to July 15, 2013
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