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Claude W. Bloom Obituary
Claude W. Bloom
Nov. 3, 1923 - Jan. 26, 2014
Resident of Concord, CA
Claude William Bloom, 90, a resident of Concord, CA since 1951, died at home on Sunday morning, January 26th, 2014. His death was peaceful and dignified with family by his side. After completing the U.S. Naval Aviation Program, he received the gold wings of a Naval Aviator, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps, joining the fleet in February 1944. He was appointed to the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on 1/19/51.
Using the G.I. Bill, he attended Stanford University and graduated "with distinction." After working as a High School History and Government teacher for several years he left teaching to begin a 32 year corporate career with Pacific Telephone Company, AT&T, and Bell Telephone Laboratories. He retired from business in 1983.
After retirement, he taught high school as a substitute teacher in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for 27 years, and fully retired at age 87.
He was a member of the Big "C" Athletic Club until he was 88 years old. He was active in the Marine Corps League Mt. Diablo Detachment 942, in Danville, CA, and the Alumni Association and Alpha Sigma Phi at Stanford University.
He has been a member of St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, in Concord, since 1951, where he has been involved in many ministries over the years.
He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Hibbert Bloom, in 2002. He is survived by his four loving adult children and their spouses, six granddaughters, and three great-granddaughters, five grandsons, and one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews from several different generations.
Memorial Service to be held at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, 2925 Bonifacio Street, in Concord, at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 1st. Ashes will be interred at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buzkirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94524.

Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 30, 2014
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