Harry Petru Jr.
1938 - 2021
BORN
1938
DIED
2021
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Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions- White & Day Center
901 Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA
Feb. 22, 1938 - June 9, 2021 It is with great sadness that the family of Harry Petru Jr. announce his passing on June 9, 2021. Harry was born Feb. 22, 1938, in Los Angeles to immigrant parents - Harry Petru Sr. from Cyprus, and Leonor Chavez from Mexico. Although he didn't learn English until he was 5 years old, he excelled academically and became the first in his family to receive formal education. He graduated from Merced Union High School in Merced, Calif., and received a degree in history from San Francisco State University. His success in business was the classic American Dream story. He started out working in the mail room of Cravens Dargan insurance company in San Francisco, spent many years as a casualty insurance underwriter and finished his career as CEO of Underwriters Reinsurance Corporation in Los Angeles. But what was most important to Harry was his beloved family, his many close friends and the community at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach. Harry was also passionate about books, music, history and sports. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Lynda; his children Harry, Andrew (spouse: Carolynn Petru) and Alexis (spouse: Eric Ball); and grandchildren Lauren Petru, and Leo and Athena Ball. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to send donations to the scholarship fund at St. Katherine's Church in Redondo Beach. Please go to Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions website, www.LAfuneral.com, to send the family messages and share memories.

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Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jul. 3, 2021.
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I was lucky to have him as a mentor. I´m saddened to hear of his passing. My prayers go out to Lynda & family. He will truly be missed.
Stan Shelden
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