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Joseh Bernard Vida

August 20, 1934 - March 31, 2015

Joseph Vida Sr. passed away on March 31st. He was an amazing and special husband to Claire and father to Joseph Jr. and David (Amy). He is no doubt smiling in heaven this morning because his daily regiment included a thorough read of these very obituaries. He unconditionally loved all his immediate and extended family…read more

Joseph Vida Sr. passed away on March 31st. He was an amazing and special husband to Claire and father to Joseph Jr. and David (Amy). He is no doubt smiling in heaven this morning because his daily regiment included a thorough read of these very obituaries. He unconditionally loved all his immediate and extended family. He adored his one grandchild, Josephine.

His neighbors in Lomita, where he resided since 1970, were very important to him. He knew he was blessed to live in their company and considered them family. He often hosted a neighborhood happy hour in his garage (his domain). In return, he asked that everyone lend an ear when he conveyed a story or expressed a Democratic or Catholic opinion. His three favorite ìcustomersî were Frank, Mike and Armin.

Joe developed a penchant for serving a good cocktail as the proprietor of The Bachelor Bar and Restaurant in Inglewood. He opened the establishment with his hometown friend Mick in 1964. He was immensely proud of the success he enjoyed in this endeavor. When it closed, it bestowed a plethora of lifetime friends, memories and outlandish tales. Born in Dubois, Pa in 1934, Joe arrived in California in 1959, never to leave. His time at the Bachelor was bookended between two successful stints in the aerospace industry. He graduated from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pa.

Joe was an avid sports fan, defined by his diehard allegiance to the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Notre Dame Football Program. Mr. Vida also enjoyed nothing more than trolling a Rapala lure around Grant Lake in the Eastern Sierra hoping for the next big catch. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Lomita for 45 years and an Elk. Joe was a booster of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University and Loyola High School Football Programs. He also believed in and supported the Lomita Park and St. Margaret Mary School Youth Sports Programs.

Everyone he touched, but especially his wife and two sons, will miss his fierce loyalty, extreme generosity, undying commitment to those he loved.

Memorial Services at A.M. Gamby (Lomita), Tuesday 4/7/15 from 4pm-8pm.

Funeral Mass at St Lawrence Martyr (Redondo Beach), Wednesday 4/8/15 at 10am, burial to follow at Green Hills Memorial Park.

Lunch and Life Celebration to follow at The Wine Bar, 250 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach from 1pm-4pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Loyola High School 1901 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006. Please notate ìIn Memorial of Joseph Vida.î

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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A.M. Gamby Funeral Home

25001 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717
 

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A.M. Gamby Funeral Home

25001 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717
 
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 10:00 am

St. Lawrence Martyr Church

1900 S. Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
 
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 11:30 am

Green Hills Memorial Park Chapel

27501 S. Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
 

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