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J. Paul Bowinkel


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J. Paul Bowinkel Obituary
February 27, 1942 - December 8, 2017 J. Paul Bowinkel, 75, of Corona del Mar, passed peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday, December 8, 2017. He was born on February 27th, 1942 to Paula and Attilio Bowinkel in Santa Monica, California. Paul was a devoted and loving husband to his wife Vicki, with whom he had just celebrated his 38th Wedding Anniversary on December 1st. Paul was the best and most loving father imaginable to his two children Jacqueline and Jeremy. Paul grew up in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. His parents ran Bowinkel's Galleries, including a location on Rodeo Drive, which sold fine art to Hollywood's elite. Paul and his sister Antonella attended St. Paul the Apostle school in Westwood. The family spent half the year traveling to Italy, where they visited family and friends and traded fine art. Paul often reminisced about his magical Italian summers in Sorrento and Bocca di Magra and recreated the experience for his own wife and children for many, many years. Paul graduated from University High School, West Los Angeles in 1960. Paul attended University of California, Los Angeles and was a proud Bruin all his life. He was a tutor to the UCLA Athletics Department in '65 and '66 with Coach Wooden. He received his BA with honors in Political Science in 1965. In 1966, Paul received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Italy, one of his proudest achievements. He returned to UCLA with a Scott Fellowship and worked at UCLA Hospital as an in-patient Unit Manager. He received his MBA from the Anderson School in International Business and Finance in 1976. Paul and his family valued time spent together above all else, and took wonderful family vacations. A few of their favorite spots were Cortina d'Ampezzo, Gaeta, Ojai, Yountville, Mammoth, Sun Valley, and many more. Paul worked as a financial advisor for 30 years, and remained an active member in every corner of his community for the rest of his days. Paul lived a big life, too big to try to fit on one page, and it doesn't. Instead, the story of his life lives on in the hearts the countless people he knew and loved, and he will never be forgotten. A sunset memorial service will be held at United Methodist Church in Corona del Mar on Friday, December 15th at 3 PM with a reception to follow.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 12, 2017
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