John Vlaic
1928 - 2015

John passed away at home on December 31, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Rose Vlaic; siblings, Joseph Vlaic and Goldie Vlaic; and son, Steven Vlaic. John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann; daughter, Michelle (Brandon) Browning; granddaughters, Madison and Makenzie; and brother, Philip Vlaic Jr.  He was born in Chicago, IL and came to San Pedro when he was seven years old. He attended Barton Hill Elementary, Dana Jr High, San Pedro High School and Compton College. He was then drafted to serve in the U.S. Army. John was a member of the ILWU for 51 yrs., working first as a longshoreman, then as foreman and finally, as President of the Foreman’s Union.  He was an active member of the Pessimists Club, bowled in several local leagues and enjoyed his friends of the ILWU Pensioners.  In his retirement, he enjoyed many travel adventures with Ann. “Big John” was known as a gentle giant on the waterfront.

Rosary at 9:30am, Thursday, January 7th with Funeral Mass immediately following at 10:00 am, both at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 2100 S Western Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732 or House of Hope, 235 W 9th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 or a charity of choice.

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.



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