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December 11, 1919 - September 1, 2015 ��Paul Aaron Gropman passed away the morning of Tuesday, September 1st, at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, California. He was 95 years old, having been born on December 11, 1919, in Brooklyn, New York. Paul liked to say that he had lived an interesting life, and he did have his share of adventures. After dropping out of high school, he variously sailed as an ordinary seaman on a leaky three-masted schooner hauling lumber up the eastern seaboard; he hitch-hiked around much of the country; he worked at camps in coastal Oregon and Glacier Park, Montana, with the Civilian Conservation Corps; and he served his country in the Army during WWII. He went to Japan with the occupying forces (with a brief but fondly remembered stopover in the Philippines) and was surprised to find himself falling in love with the Japanese people he met and with the Japanese culture. Characteristic of his gregarious nature, he formed a friendship with a teenaged Japanese boy and carried on a decades long correspondence with him. �� Paul was a gifted storyteller, both in spoken and written words. His lifelong work was in advertising and financial public relations, and he must have penned literally thousands of distinctive ads, magazine articles, news releases and research reports. For a period of a few years he wrote and distributed his own monthly newsletter titled (what else!) Adventures in Advertising. He was a prolific letter writer. And in his spare time he wrote a memoir (Three Sheets to the Wind) and several full-length novels. �� Paul was blessed with an extraordinary memory, and a sharp and discerning intellect. He was widely read in history, philosophy and religion. He was someone who could think "outside of the box", and he could surprise you with unexpected insight. He was an original, a one-of-a-kind, and his many friends and family members will miss him dearly; but they will have plenty of stories and memories to relish and share. �� Paul was pre-deceased by his mother and father, Rebecca and Leon; his uncle, Max; and his sisters, Naomi (Ed) and Rose (Howard). He is survived by his beloved wife, Helen;� children, Charles (Nan), Ted (Barna), David (Karen) and Saul;� grandchildren,�Jessica, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Yale, Louis, Hannah and Dorothé;� great-grandchildren,�Raaka Raja and Leah;� brother-in-law, Erwin Feldman;� sister-in-law, Lynn Feldman; and nieces Lori, Robin and Dani. �� Graveside services were held Thursday, September 3, at Eden Memorial Cemetary in the San Fernando Valley.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 13, 2015
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