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Z.W. Pique

1912 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Z.W. Pique died peacefully in his sleep, due to old age, on Friday, January 14, 2011, at his beloved home of 52 years in Palos Verdes Estates, California, just two weeks before his 99th birthday. Known as "Forty" in his youth, "Zee" was born in Water Valley, Kentucky on January 29, 1912 to George H. and Pearl P. (Weaks) Pigue. He left for the University of Kentucky at age 16 and went on to earn four degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering, and humanities (Transylvania U.). He began his career in technology sales and marketing, and distinguished himself in training and management positions with companies ranging from Westinghouse and General Electric to Texas Instruments and Hughes Aircraft, finally retiring from Ameron Corp. He was one of the pioneers of the modern marketing concept, and was a published author and in-demand consultant worldwide in his field. Zee served his country with distinction in the Army before and during WWII, both at home and in the Pacific. He continued in the Army Reserve, retiring as colonel. After his retirement as a business executive at age 65, he began a robust second career as a volunteer. He traveled extensively overseas to share his wisdom with many companies, including a six-month assignment in Port Said, Egypt. He was honored by the County of Los Angeles, the city of Redondo Beach, the AARP and numerous other organizations for many years of volunteer service. His work included the 55-Alive senior driving courses, where he taught more students over the years than anyone in the nation, as well as income tax assistance, renters assistance and health fair programs. Zee Pique was predeceased by his brother, Bertes, daughter, Margaret Edith "Peggy" and infant granddaughter, Rachel. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Constance Edith "Connie" (Elias); sons, Robert Lee "Bob", William Hunter "Bill" and Bruce Alan; four grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He desired to be remembered for his life, not his passing, so private interment took place at Green Hills Cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 20, 2011
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