Paul Ahn
1952 - 2021
Holmdel Funeral Home - Holmdel
Holmdel, NJ
Paul Ahn

Rumson - It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Paul Ahn on February 8, 2021, following complications from COVID-19. He was 69 years old.

Paul was born on January 19, 1952, in Clark, New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers University, Paul founded Flavor Materials International in 1984. Over the course of 36 years, Paul poured his heart and soul into the business, transforming it from a small NJ-based operation to a multi-national company with footprints in the United States, Asia, and Central America. An icon in the industry, he was a delegate to the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) for more than 30 years and was widely known for his highly personal approach to nurturing customer and vendor relationships.

Paul was happiest spending time with his sons at home in Rumson, NJ. He loved preparing elaborate meals and could often be found outside, whether skiing in Vermont or boating on the Navesink River with family and friends. An avid world traveler, Paul made an impression wherever he landed, documented each trip with numerous pictures, and was always looking forward to his next adventure. He created his own blueprint for a life well spent and lived each day to the fullest.

Paul is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his sons, Douglas and Christopher; his daughter-in-law, Jessa; his brothers, Philip and Christopher; his sisters-in-law Marilyn, Kimberly, and Karen; his brothers-in-law Michael and Doug; and seven nieces and nephews, Cristina, Jeremy, Justine, Dan, Luke, Matt, and Dean.

A gathering will be on Friday, February 19th from 2:00 to 7:00 pm at the Holmdel Funeral Home, located at 26 South Holmdel Road in Holmdel, NJ. A virtual memorial service will be offered in the coming weeks for those who are not able to attend in person. In lieu of customary remembrances, Paul's family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in his name be made to JBJ Soul Kitchen (NJ No. CH233000; NY No. 40-31-50). For messages of condolence, please visit Paul's page of tributes at

Kindly note for the health and safety of all guests, current state protocols of social distancing and wearing of face masks are required.

Published by Asbury Park Press from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2021.
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I knew Paul, I cut his hair for a while. He was such a great man. My heart goes out to him and his family. My deepest condolences.
Steve Penza
January 15, 2022
We are so sad to learn of Paul's passing. May God bring your family peace during this sad and difficult time.
The Stepp Family
February 17, 2021
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