VaKay Jr., Paul, a long time resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away at home on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at the age of 89. He was born in Taylor, PA to Paul and Anna Vakay who have preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his 3 sisters, Caroline, Mary and Ann; and his brother, Andrew. He graduated high school in 1938 and joined the US Navy. He served in both the North Atlantic Fleet prior to 1941 and on the USS Ranger in the South Pacific. After the end of WWII, he returned to San Diego and taught Electrical Engineering at the Naval College. He left the Navy and was hired by MGM Studios, where he rose to the head of the studio lighting department. He was a long time member of Local 728, Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians. He is survived by his wife, Jeane; son, Paul III; daughter, Annette; step-daughter, Ann (Richard) Bowen; step-son, Richard (Kim) Nienow; grandchildren, Daniel, Noelle, and Novella VaKay, Joshua and Rachel Bowen, and Ryan Nienow, as well as assorted nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at White and Day Mortuary from 6:00pm - 8:00pm located at 3215 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 5:00pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church located at 2706 W. 182nd St., Torrance, Ca. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial donations in the memory of Paul VaKay to the Macular Degeneration Foundation at P.O. Box 515, North Hampton MA 01061-0515.

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  1. Dear Mom/ Grandma, We are so grateful that you and Paul found each other. The two of you brought special meaning to our lives.You set a wonderful example of love and devotion through the years. For your sake and in memory of Paul;we pray for strength to do the same.Your relationship with each other helped us grow and to realize the fullness and beauty of life. Like you we count our blessings everyday. As grief wears you down and you shed so many tears; try to remember that it was God’s greater plan to take Paul home. Though Heaven and Earth divide us and the distance is so great, our beloved Paul will always live in our hearts. May he rest in God’s unending peace. Loving you, Rick, Kim and Ryan

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