Beloved husband, father, and grandfather Vincent Arranaga passed away peacefully March 10. He was 79 years old.
Born November 15, 1927 in El Paso, Texas, Vincent was raised in the Los Angeles area where he met and fell in love with Esther Avella. The two married in 1948.
He spent the following years working as a wholesale grocer and eventually owned his own business near the produce market in Downtown L.A. Vincent and his wife later retired in Newport Beach, California.
Several years ago, Vincent was diagnosed and fought a long battle with cancer and more recently struggled with a stroke. He died at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach surrounded by his wife and four children, Laura Purdy of Bakersfield, Mark of Palos Verdes, Regina Braman of Irvine, and Tony of Phoenix, Arizona.
Vincent is also survived by five grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Purdy, Alexis Arranaga, and Brett and Nicole Braman.
Besides spending time with his family, Vincent not only loved driving his boat around the Newport harbor, but also, on a bigger scale, sailing the seven seas. He and his wife had a passion for exploring the world on cruise ships. When he retired, Vincent enjoyed walking his dog, Jonah, around Balboa Island. Many times the two would stop for bagels, doughnuts, or coffee and chat with friends at the ferry. When he was able, he regularly attended mass at St. John Vianney Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make donations to St. John Vianney, 314 Marine Avenue, Newport Beach, CA, 92662.
His disease may have won out in the end, but his warm smile and spirit will live on in our hearts and minds forever. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 16th, 10 a.m., at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach. A burial will follow at Pacific View Cemetery in Corona del Mar.