James A. Aviani
November 29, 1926 – April 2, 2006
James Anthony Aviani, a 20-year resident of Irvine, CA and father of four, died in his home on April 2, 2006 at the age of 79.
Mr. Aviani was born on November 29, 1926 in San Francisco, CA to Dominic and Nan Aviani. In May 1944, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and was trained in aviation ordinance and as a Naval Air Gunman in Norman, OK and Purcell OK, respectively. During his military career, he served in the Asiatic Pacific on the USS Jaquar IX and received the Victory Medal for WW II. He was honorably discharged in June 1946 and remained active in the United States Naval Reserve for the next two years.
Following his military service, Mr. Aviani accepted a position with Southern California Edison Company as a lineman, where he regularly scaled 100-foot poles to install or repair high voltage power lines for the booming Southern California region. Throughout his 35-year career with Southern California Edison Company, Mr. Aviani successfully advanced in the company, and retired in 1985 as a Service Planner, where he worked with individual and corporate energy customers throughout West Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.
Mr. Aviani completed numerous businesse, economic and real estate related classes. He was a licensed real estate agent in the State of California. Mr. Aviani spent 30 years as an active real estate investor, successfully assembling a significant investment real estate portfolio, and establishing JPA Management Company in 1987.
Always active in his community, Mr. Aviani served on the Planning Council for the City of Torrance where his expertise in the energy industry helped the City form its environmental planning processes. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Irvine and Torrance Sisters Cities Foundations, and was active in Little League, Pop Warner Football, and AYSO as a coach, volunteer or board member.
Mr. Aviani received his A.A. degree from El Camino College in Torrance, and attended classes at Cal State Dominguez Hills, CA. Also, he was an expert auto mechanic and an aficionado of automobiles.
He is survived by his four loving children: Theresa Wilson of Los Alamos, NM, Vincent Aviani of West Los Angeles, CA, James Aviani of Montecito, CA and Francis Aviani of Oakland, CA. Mr. Aviani was dearly loved by many and will be deeply missed by all.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, April 7, 2006 ~ 10:00 A.M. at St. John Neuman’s Church located at 5101 Alton Parkway in Irvine.