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Community - April 30, 2014

Obituary: Emil Real, longtime Menlo resident

Emil Vincent Real, a resident of Menlo Park for nearly 60 years, died April 20 at the age of 90.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Denis Catholic Church in Menlo Park at a date to be announced.

Born in San Pedro, he graduated from San Pedro High School in 1941. During World War II, he entered the V12 Naval College training program at University of Southern California, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering.

At USC, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and met his future wife, Kay Wood. After graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval officer.

His entire business career was as an industrial engineer with Continental Can; he spent 30 years with the company before retiring. The family lived in Manhattan Beach and Sacramento before moving to Menlo Park in 1956.

While his four children attended St. Raymond School, Mr. Real was active in the Men's Club. In his younger days, he was an enthusiastic golfer and bridge player.

In retirement, he and his wife traveled to almost every continent, including memorable trips to Australia and Africa.

A genial host, Mr. Real enjoyed nothing more than entertaining friends and family in his home. He was especially loved by his grandchildren and had a particular affinity for all small children, say family members.

He is survived by his wife Kay of Menlo Park; children Christopher of Costa Mesa, Vincent of Manhattan Beach, Angela of Menlo Park, and Tony of San Carlos; his twin brother, Manuel Real of San Pedro, a federal judge; and five grandchildren.

Memorials in his name may be made to St. Anthony Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park or Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza Avenue, Suite 1710, New York, New York, 10122.

Obituaries are based on information provided by the family.

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