James Gordon Pauloo

Born: Tue., Mar. 23, 1948
Died: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Feb. 22, 2019
Location: Pikes Peak National Cemetery

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James Gordon Pauloo, age 70, passed away at home surrounded by his family on February 6, 2019.

Jim grew up in Mill Valley, CA and attended Mt. Tamalpais High School.  He was drafted right out of high school into the Army during the Vietnam era.  He spent his years of service in Germany.

At Jim’s return from service, he met and married his wife Claudia.  Jim then began his schooling and attended College of Marin, Sonoma State University, and graduated with his B.S. in Geography from San Francisco State University.  After the birth of their only daughter, Jocelyn, the family moved to Montana where Jim pursued a degree in horseshoeing.  Upon their return to the Bay Area, Jim established a horseshoeing business in Marin County.

Jim later hired on at the San Francisco Presidio where he worked for over 20 years.  Jim was dearly loved by his workmates for his work ethic, his sense of humor, and his devotion to the Presidio.  Jim considered the people he worked with at the Presidio like his second family.

Jim retired from the Presidio in 2015 and he and Claudia moved to Divide, Colorado to be with their daughter and her family.  They realized their lifelong dream of owning property where they lived and enjoyed caring for their horses, dogs, chickens, and other animals.

Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years, Claudia Pauloo, his daughter Jocelyn Rosado, son-in-law Tony Rosado, his granddaughter Alyx Rosado, his older brother Daniel Pauloo and his wife Wendy Pauloo in Vermont, and many friends.

The family would like to thank Abode Hospice of Colorado and the help of friends and neighbors.


Services will be held at Pikes Peak National Cemetery.

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Rocky Shone
   Posted Wed February 13, 2019
Jim was solid.
He never talked to hear his own voice so when he said something people listened.
Wasn’t too tall but plenty powerful - a man’s man, built his own forge when he was shoeing horses.
Loved and looked after his family always.
Though he’ll be missed he will be remembered!

Tony Rosado
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Jim was like my second father. I cherished his wisdom, guidance, and approval. His smile was warm and always made me feel right at home. It is my honor to have known such a fine man. It is my life's duty to love and care for his daughter, the way that he had always hoped for and to raise his granddaughter in a way that he would be proud. I will never forget him and will always seek his approval. Take care Jim!

John Gentzel
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Jim, it was a pleasure to have had our paths cross. You will be truly missed by family and friends. The lives you have touched along the way are richer for knowing you. I know, I was one of those lives. John.

Tom Thompson
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Jim -It was a true pleasure having gotten to know you and your family as well as to call you 'friend'. I enjoyed you company and your humor.It was a sad day when you passed on but I am privileged to have known you.

A. Mixon
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
I am very sorry to learn that James has passed. He will be dearly missed. I hope a passage at John 5:28, 29 brings comfort to all who are grieving his passing. May we each look ahead to seeing our loved ones like James on a beautiful Paradise earth.

Val and Linda Puckett
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
We are blessed and honored to have had Jim in our lives. His gentle spirit, great smile, and sense of humor always made us glad to be with him. Birthday celebrations, holidays, and just getting together were special because Jim was there. Jim, your loyalty and integrity were so apparent. You looked at things in life with the focus to fix a problem if one existed.

The imprint of your life and smile will continually live in our hearts.

Marc Bruvry
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
A letter to Jim

Dear Jim,

Hey my friend, what’s up? I was just reminiscing about some of the ‘old days’. Gads, how did we ever make it this far? We had some amazing times! Walking the creeks of Mill Valley, staring at the girls in our classroom so long that we thought they would fall madly in love with us, riding our bikes down hills so steep that we were sure they would go on forever, laughing at Dean at 3:00 in the morning thinking that he might fall asleep and into that flatbed press where we inserted newspapers for twelve hour shifts for sixteen bucks and then spending it all on a weekend date with our girlfriends. Lazing on the banks of Cascade Dam in the summer until someone yelled ‘cops!’, and we all fled into the surrounding hills. Walking to the ‘depot’ and getting onto the bus to Edna Maguire for our two years of ‘middle school’. Walking the two miles every day to Tam High and then trying to hitch a ride back to town and getting a cup of coffee at Pat & Joes. We had some great times ol’ friend. Damn! I’m going to miss you.

Your friend,

Joni Frasson
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Dear, sweet Jimmy. Many years I've known you and Claudia, about 50 now. We shared many great times over a game of monopoly, time with your horses, French press coffee in your back yard, and all our dogs, Pup, Tanapa, Taya and Tanapa's baby, Ali. The day Josie was born you called to say you couldn't come to my BBQ because you guys had your little girl! I'm so glad I have pictures of us all when we were young! I'll miss you. Sweet sleep, dear friend. Love you, Joni

Wendy Pauloo
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Oh Jim you are so missed. A brother through thick and thin and a friend with a heart of gold. My heart is broken and I will always remember you. My love and wishes for peace for Claudia, Josie, Alyx and Tony. Love you forever

claudia pauloo
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Dearest Jimmy

How much you are loved and missed!!! Those that were fortunate to meet, know and shared your life are truly blessed.

You are still the heartbeat of my soul.Your kindness, courage and faithfulness were the center of every moment of your precious life.

The world was a better place with you in it. How much you are missed here. Be free of pain and worry and fly knowing we LOVE YOU.

To my best friend, husband, father of our beautiful baby girl, grandfather of our precious granddaughter, and center of my universe........Claudia Pauloo

Marcy Shone
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Joyce Johnson gave this poem to Claudia in honor of Jim's memory.

After Glow

I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.

Victoria & John Capaci
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a kind soul, we will miss seeing him. Best wishes to his family.

Colton Peavy
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Jim has always been a joy to work and converse with. I continue to cherish both his wisdom and humor. His ability to brighten a person's day was always inspiring, as well as his determination to solve any problem. I will always appreciate the small bits of wisdom and memories he shared.

George Watson
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
Jim is a great man! He was Underrated at times but always five stars in my book. He was polite, caring and sensitive. Every single time I had an dark cloud over my head, he New the right things to say to ensure me it would be brighter day! His smile could brighten the darkest auditorium and his laughter was contagious. A very spiritual man, great husband, loving father and grandpa! So to you Pauloo my friend or brother from another mother. I would like to say farewell my friends and my God hold your hand! REST IN HEAVEN!

Tony, Joseph, Sampson, PJ, Andrea
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
It was an honor to know Jim, if even for a short time. He was generous, humorous, and deeply kind. One thing that stood out to all of us was the profound love between him and Claudia.

You two have inspired us to esteem the "good things" in life: faith, hope, and love. Our deepest condolences go out to you and we are here to help in any way you need.

Jennifer Waters
   Posted Sat March 02, 2019
I was blessed to meet Jim and Claudia over a year ago. Immediately, I noticed Jim's gentleness and humility. He had a subtle sense of humor that would surprise me when I least expected it. He unselfishly offered help whenever asked and had an attitude of graciousness. I had known him for a short time but could see that he was a true, steadfast human being grounded in love, kindness, and joy.

You are free at last, Jim. With love and friendship, Jen.

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