is with deep regret that we lose another lawn
bowler as Paul
Whittaker has passed on. The following is the obituary from the Ventura
Paul Whittaker, 68, of Oxnard passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004.
Paul was born on Sept. 1, 1936, in Wilmington, Del. He entered the Navy at age 17 and served his country overseas at the end of the Korean conflict. After three years of service in the Navy, he switched to the Air Force to work on jet engines and served two tours of duty at the Oxnard Air Force base. Upon entering the Air Force, he met his beloved Madaline. They were married in 1958 and were blessed with two sons, Joseph and Steven, and one daughter, Janice. They were to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary this December.
After leaving the military, Paul went to work for the city of Oxnard at the Oxnard Community Center until his retirement in 1994. After a short period of retirement, he went to work for St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and later St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
Paul was a loving father who supported his children in all of their activities. He and his wife were once active members of the Romping Stompers and the Oxnard Lawn Bowls Club. Paul loved restoring old vehicles, fishing with his son Steven, and supporting his wife in her Ventura County African Violet activities. Paul loved food -- he loved to cook it and eat it. He was always willing to help anyone in the neighborhood, particularly children whose bike needed repairs or painting. Paul had a warm inviting smile that would light up a room, and a great sense of humor. He was very easygoing and made friends with everyone he met.
Paul is survived by his sister, Joan Walsh and her family in Wilmington, Del.; brother, Thomas Thompson and his family in Irvine, Calif.; and his wife and three children in Oxnard.
There will be no memorial service as he will be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea where he loved to fish.
Paul loved his family and was very much loved in return. He will be greatly missed.
Arrangements are in the care of Guardian Memorial Funeral Directors and Crematory of Ventura County, a Heritage provider, Oxnard.