John Robert West (Jack) Jack died at home in Hawthorne, CA on Tuesday, May 2, 2006, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Chicago, IL to John R. West and Agnes Burkhart West, on June 15, 1926. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1932. Jack served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He worked in the Photo Lab at Northrop Aircraft Corporation for 46 years and retired in 1991. He was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach and the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathy, son John G. West (Veronica), granddaughters Vanessa and Melinda of Gardena, CA, daughter Mary K. Johnson of Florida. Jack also leaves a sister Virginia Burkhart, of Thousand Oaks, CA, two nieces, Joy Jolissant (Ralph) of Thousand Oaks, and Jackie Lombardi (Richard) of Irvine, CA, 5 great nephews and nieces, and 2 great-great nephews and one great-great niece. Jack was an avid movie fan and also loved to tell funny stories to his many friends. The Visitation will be held at the White and Day Manhattan Beach Chapel on Sunday, May 7, from 5 to 8pm, with a Rosary at 7:30pm. Mass will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach on Monday, May 8 at 10am, with burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Martyrs Catholic Church, P.O. Box 3639, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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  1. My late husband, Arthur Tweedie, and I had many happy times with Kathy and Jack. I shall always remember Jack for his sense of humor and appreciate him for being our “designated driver”. And I hope he has now found the reward he expected, for a life well lived.

  2. I was saddened to hear of Jack’s passing but rejoice with the fact that he is with the Lord. I remember Jack and Kathy from St. Joseph’s Church in Hawthorne where I raised my children and where we (Pat) and I were involved in many aspects of CCD and the church at that time. I am now living in Torrance. It has many years since we have seen one another as I went to American Martyrs Church after leaving Hawthorne. May God bless you, Kathy and your family at this time. Dick Forsythe

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