San Jose, CA - It’s a strange thing to write your own Father’s obituary, but why would I have someone write about my Dad who didn’t know my Dad? First of all, he was Pop to me and my sister Wendy, AKA ‘Woo.’
Paul Leonard Sjoblom, died on Monday, January 21st. I mean, really, you know he had to be a cool-dude to be able to pull off a middle name like Leonard! With his January 14th birthday, he just made it to the age of 76 years. Born in Providence, RI, Paul spent his childhood quahogging (that’s a real word I promise… for you West Coasters, it’s a New England clam), fishing with his Dad and taking care of his brother and sister, not necessarily in that order. He joined the Navy and served for nine years. When he was able to make it back to the east coast to visit, all he wanted was hot wieners, coffee milk and a good old-fashioned clam bake.
Kathy, his wife of just over half a century, had to deal with a lot of Paul’s other loves over the years – from his cars, Porsche to Cadillac, he didn’t skimp when it came to his wheels, boats, deep sea fishing trips, watching sports with his friends, especially football (Go Patriots he would be saying right now) and of course… golf. Sunday night dinners with the whole family at home were always important to him, especially in the Summer when he would BBQ, hang out with his boys (after raising two daughters, having sons-in-law around was a big deal), sneaking food to his grand-dog Pinky (yes, he really did that) and most of all, watching his grandkids play and swim for hours in his pool.
Paul was the ‘Norm’ among his bar friends, everybody knew his name. If you don’t get that reference, then you’re too young to be reading the obit section anyway. Turn the page and go read the Arts & Entertainment section for goodness sakes! His friends were his extended family and he loved spending time with all of them. Boomer, as he was known to his friends, had been in real estate for more than 50 years. In fact, most of his deals were probably done while hanging out at the bar. Paul often said that cemeteries are a waste of good real estate, which is why Paul will be cremated and his ashes scattered among many of his favorite places.
Paul is survived by a whole lotta people, and we’re all so thankful we had our time with him. They include his wife of 53 years, Kathy, daughters Susan and Wendy, his Sister Ruth and Brother-in-Law Steve. He is also survived by his grandkids, Maya, Ava, Luke and Zac, Sons-in-Law Jeff and Tommy, Nephews Marc and Eric as well as their kids Tyler, Jeremy, Jayden, Kaylee and Nolan. RIP Pop! We hope you’re hanging out at that 19th hole in the sky!
Services will be held at the Darling & Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel in Campbell on Thursday, January 24th at 2pm. Refreshments to follow at Three Flames on Meridian in San Jose.