WENCKUS, JOHN JOSEPH, of Torrance was lost to this community and to all Americans on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 during the first of the terrible acts carried out by terrorists. John was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 4, 1955 and graced us with his huge smile, talent and giving nature for fourty-six years and seven days. John's working career embraced key executive positions in aerospace manufacturing and upper level management positions at high profile companies, including Hi-Shear Technology Corporation and Lockhart Industries. Of late, he had been pursuing yet another leap in his personal quest for excellence by developing his own company in the field of tax preparation. All of John's career involved ever-increasing responsibility over greater budgets and larger human resources. In all of these endeavors, his signature was his caring attitute of universal worth and brotherhood and, of course, his radiant smile. Left to mourn his passing are his parents; John and Joan Wenckus, his sisters, Carol Hamill and her devoted partner, Richard Murphy and Lynne Patten and her husband, Richard...all of Waltham, MA. John is also survied by a sister, Lisa Maloney and her husband, Terrence of Framingham, MA and his brothers, Daniel Wenckus and his wife Kathleen of Natick, MA and Brian Wenckus of Waltham, MA and numerous caring aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. These loving family members and warm friends acknowledge the pain of their loss and that a great light has gone out of their midst...but only for a brief moment. John soars on now, unfettered by his earthly limitations and now serves as a loving liaison and ambassador between us and his Creator. John's closest friends in the community at large have arranged for a Memorial Service in his memory to be held at theTorrance American Legion, 1109 Van Ness Avenue in Torrance. The service will be on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 1:00 PM. All of John's greater circle of friends and the community are invited to celebrate the singularly beautiful life which was, and still is, John Wenckus. There will be guest speakers including city mayors and the spiritual portion of the service will be appropriately presided over by Rev. Richard Shinkle, Chaplain for the Torrance Police Department and representative cleric from St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. En lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate in John's memory to a charity directed to help end the suffering of our sisters and brothers in New York City.

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  1. My deepest sympathy goes out to all JOHN\’S family. I know what a special friend he was to my dad(Jerry King) and he will be deeply missed.God Bless.

  2. My deepest sympathy. John was such a great person. I will always remember him and will miss John very much. With Love, Judy

  3. Your memory lives on for all your friends at Hi-Shear. We celebrate your life and the generous and caring way you shared it with each of us.

  4. Anyone who knew John, even for a short period as I did, would say how how sad it is that he did not have more time to share his radiant smile & fun loving ways with all of us.I will never forget you & know you are safe in the arms of God. My condolences to the family. Tricia Gibbs

  5. I send all of my prayers and blessings to the family and friends of John Wenckus. I do not know him but someone I know as a wonderful person at my job is greiveing very deeply. I send my condolences to Judy Radeke and her brother. God Bless

  6. While John was successful in all his endeavors it is his smile and personality which will remain his legacy.

  7. My deepest condolences are with John\’s family and friends. John was a great guy he had a wonderful way of looking at the bright side of things. He truley knew how to enjoy and live his life to the fullest. John\’s smile was bright and vivid just as the life he lived. You will truley be missed.

  8. All of the King family extend our deepest sympathy to all of Johns family. My fondest memory of Johns many visits to our home over the past twenty years will always be his joy of playing golf on our private course in Palos Verdes Shores land his genuine longtime friendship with my son Jerry. We will miss you greatly John.

  9. John was a great guy to work with. He always had a great smile. He will truly be missed. My condolences and prayers go out to John\’s family and friends and to all he knew at Hi-Shear.

  10. To John\’s Family and Friends, you were truly blessed to have been able to share such a wonderful person in your life. My deepest sympanthy to your loss.

  11. My heartfelt sympathy to John\’s family.I had the pleasure of working with John for four+ years & enjoyed his company on & off the job. He made the world a better place by possessing a caring heart, a bright mind & a positive attitude. He & his family will be kept in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. While creating a homepage, I came across a memorial site that offered web plaques fo those whoad died. I sent an email for one and I received one with Mr. Wenckus\’s name on it. I did a lil searching to find out more about the man I pray for every night and found this site. My condolences to the family. May he rest in eternal peace. If you would like to see the plaque, it is at my website

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