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Longtime Manhattan Beach resident John Heil died peacefully on Nov. 9th, surrounded by his loving family. He had a long and fulfilling life, growing up the oldest of 5 children in a working class East Boston tenement, going on to have a successful career, family, and retirement in Southern California.

As a youngster, he did very well in school, was a camp counselor, served as a Navy radio operator on WWII submarines, and graduated from Northeastern University with honors. When he was offered a job at Hughes Aircraft, he jumped at the chance to move to SoCal with his wife Elaine and baby daughter Karen. Their children Lisa and Jon were subsequently born in California. He worked for Hughes continuously as an aerospace electrical engineer for 30 plus yrs. until his retirement. He always referred to California as "God's Country".

John and Elaine first lived in Santa Monica, then the family lived in three different houses in Manhattan Beach. They were active members of American Martyrs Parish, and also participated in long running Bridge groups as well as having other pursuits. They had many dear lifelong friends. John was known for his kindness, generosity and gentleness of spirit; Elaine was known for her fun personality and sharp sense of humor. As a family, they went on many memorable camping and car trips together. As a couple they traveled to Europe, China and Morocco, and took many ocean cruises all over the world. After Elaine's death in 2016, John moved to the Bay area to be near his daughters. He is survived by his kids Karen, Lisa, Jon, and the 2018 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox. He will be very much missed.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Nov. 15, 2018.
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December 27, 2018
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family during these difficult time. May he continue to give support and loving kindness to all. 1 Cor 1:3&4
Barbara Sutton
December 12, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and help you cope. I hope Matthew 11:28-30 will give you comfort.
Mary Jarboe
November 24, 2018
John was so much fun! He possessed such a warmth and sense of did his wife Elaine. I will miss him dearly! He loved his family! Love and blessing to you in this difficult time!
Mary D.
November 17, 2018
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), I offer our sincere condolences on John's passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. We are forever grateful for John's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. To our Brother of the Phin we say, Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country.

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way" 2 Thess 3:16

John Frederick Heil RM3(SS), US Navy, Now on Eternal Patrol.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate.

Bill Dixon, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.
Bill Dixon
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