April 26, 1960 ~ February 2, 2012
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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