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Vos, Pete

December 17, 1927 - April 17, 2016

Pete (Pieter) Johannes Vos passed away comfortably at the age of 88 in his Trabuco Canyon home with his family at his side. He was a kind and gentle man, of great character and patience. He was incredibly hard working and willing to take on new challenges with equal parts humility and intelligence. He was an inspiration for all of us. Pete was born in Amsterdam and raised in Hoorn, The Netherlands. After World War II, he joined the Dutch Army and served in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). After his discharge, he met his future wife, Hennie Jacobs. They were married in 1954 and had a son, W. Peter in 1957. They immigrated to Southern California in 1962 and became naturalized US citizens in 1974. In 1977, Pete established a very successful family business that for 37 years imported and distributed reading glasses nationwide. Pete was known worldwide for his fair and honest business practices as well as his meticulous attention to detail. In 1979, Pete and Hennie moved to Lake Forest and in 1994 to Trabuco Canyon where he continued applying his skill at building the business and a home that reflected their efforts and achievements. Pete enjoyed traveling with his dear wife and they visited more than 50 countries on 4 continents. He was passionate for giving to different charities until the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hennie; son W. Peter; daughter-in-law Linda; and granddaughters Cambria and Chelsea. His departure leaves a huge hole in our hearts and lives, and we can only find solace in the fact that he is definitely in a better place now. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 9th at 10:00 a.m. at O'Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, California. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association .

 

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