Longtime Piedmont resident Howard Bloom passed away on September 1, 2013 at age 94. He was predeceased by his wife, Pearl, just before their 60th wedding anniversary. A WWII Army veteran, Howard served on a gun crew in the Aleutian Islands and then as a reconnaissance warrant officer in Europe. After the war, he became a pioneer in the paper recycling business and eventually started a real estate company which he continued to run until his death. An avid hunter, fisherman, skier, boatman, and pilot, Howard loved the outdoors and caught his last fish, a 38.5 pound salmon, in British Columbia this June. Howard raised orchids and spent countless hours in his beloved garden. A man of honor, his handshake was his word. Whether driving his red Porsche to Tahoe, planning dinner parties, or spending time with his family, Howard filled his life with his passions, interests and those he loved. He will be deeply missed by his daughter Jeanne Eber, his granddaughters Lauren Casparis and Lauren Eber, son-in-law Martin Spottl, two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Lucia Spottl, and his dog Rocky.