Vincent Eiji "Vince" Aihara, a three-year resident of Burlingame, CA, went to heaven on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the age of 51. Born in Gardena, CA, Vince moved to nearby Torrance to complete elementary and junior high, graduating from West High School in 1976. Vince attended CSU San Diego for a time then completed a B.A. in Sociology at CSU Dominguez Hills in 1982. He received a Masters of Social Work in 1984 from the University of Washington, Seattle and an M.A. in Sociology in 1997 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a doctoral student in sociology thru UCSB. His career as an International Student Advisor spanned 25 years beginning at Loyola Marymount University, followed by UC Santa Barbara and more recently at the City College of San Francisco, reflected his interest in promoting the welfare of international students and multicultural education. Vince loved his wife, Maya, his family, his friends (who were like family to him), and a good time with all. His hobbies were music, his birds, fresh water fishing, and trips to Japan. Vince had a relationship with Jesus that he held very private. Vince shined the light of Christ through his life. He kept the faith and believed, therefore he is with Jesus now. Vince is survived by his wife, Maya Nakagaki; father, Toru Aihara of Torrance; sister, Charlene (Bob Hoyer) of Woodland Hills, CA; brother, Ivan Aihara of Torrance; niece, Kendelle (Scott Watanabe); nephews, John and Steven Hoyer. He was predeceased by his mother, Masaye Aihara, 1997. A celebration of his life will be held at Rice Mortuary's chapel on Saturday, February 11 at 1:00 pm followed by a reception until 4:00 pm. Burial will be private. 13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. I Thessalonians 4:13-18

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  1. Harry and family: Our hearts are filled with sorrow on the loss of Vincent. Instead of the years be mindful of the smiles, the conversations, the kindnesses and the special times you enjoyed together. Count all these memories both large and small as they add up to a special happiness. Love and prayers, Your neighbors,

  2. Dear family and friends of Vince. I learned only an hour ago of Vince’s passing from a colleague. As a friend and colleague of his for many years, I know the impact he has had on me and so many others. His shining smile would always fill a room and he truly had a radiant soul that drew others to him- and I expect also explained why he was so gifted as an international educator. Our lives and our profession have an empty place at the moment that will, over time, be filled with happy memories of an extraordinarily special man. We love you and will miss you. Bob Ericksen, UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars

  3. We would like to send our condolences to Maya and Vincent’s family for their loss. A few months ago we had a double date with Maya & Vincent at Sixteen Mile House Restaurant in Millbrea, Ca. It was Vincent’s way of welcoming us to the Bay area. We laughed and talked the whole night and we did not even realize the bar was closed. We also were not aware that Vincent snuck away to pay the bill. He was always thinking about others before himself. We will always remember that memorable night. Thank you again for your wonderful friendship and for the memories. We will miss you!

  4. You will be missed, little brother, by all of us. You were a light when you were born. God made you that way. Now you are a star up there in heaven. We will see you again when we get there. It won’t be long. Jesus is good. I guess you knew, you were the best representative of Him that we had. “Let your light so shine among men that they may glorify your Father in heaven.” You did a good job. See you later.

  5. I have known Vince for many years and it was always very clear that he had a strong desire to assist others in achieving their academic and life goals. All of those whom he encountered were very fortunate to have known him. He will be missed.

  6. Vince, we haven’t seen each other since 1977. I was the drummer in our High school band. You seem to have accomplished great things in your life. I’m sorry we never caught up. Looks like we had a lot of things in common. Still remember playing Stairway to Heaven with you over and over. Now, you’re there. Rock on, brother!

  7. My husband and I were close high school friends with Vince but lost contact with him once we all graduated. He contacted me towards the end of 2010 and we were able to get together when he traveled out my way. It was great to see him and catch up with him, even though it was sad hearing of his cancer. My husband and I will treasure that short meeting and are so sad to hear of his passing. Vince was a great guy and he will obviously be missed by many.

  8. Vince and I go back from the days of working as City Interns for the City of Inglewood, CA. From that point on, I took him under my wings and taught him how to correctly pronounce his last name and get back in touch with his ethnic culture.

    He ended up staying at my folks house in WA til he got settled and got to know my brothers as well. He was a good Christian brother to go hang out with and visit different churches and worshipping God.

    After WA. he came back to CA where we hung out and played racketball and volleyball 5 days a week. And on Sundays we would go to the Vineyard in Anaheim. After Vince went to Santa Barbara, and I got married we would stay in touch with an occasional call or two. My brother was just reaching out to contact Vince again when someone notified us that he just passed away.
    I am glad that he finally did get married to Maya, and to you Maya and the rest of Vince’s family, my heart felt condolensce.
    May God bless you and your family,
    Arthur Johnson

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