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Obituary: Paul Victor Dobrow


Paul Victor Dobrow passed away on Friday, November 9, in Plantation, FL. Paul was born in Torrington, CT, on August 1, 1927, and became a longtime Beltsville resident. After marrying his sweetheart, Theresa Slomski, in 1950, the couple moved to Beltsville, where he designed the house in which he raised five children. The home was directly across the street from St. Joseph Catholic Church, where Paul was an active parishioner. He was also active in the Toastmasters and the Knights of Columbus, eventually becoming a Grand Knight.

Paul worked for the Department of Defense as a value engineer. He traveled the world teaching other engineers in many countries like Germany, Japan, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few. He also designed and supervised wire-guided torpedoes for submarines.

In addition to these accomplishments, a major source of pride and enjoyment for Paul was one of his avocations—a weekly, one-hour radio show that played Polish music. It was called Paul's Polka Party, and he featured "happy music for happy people." His show served the Polish-American community in the Baltimore-Washington area for 13 years.

Paul's first wife predeceased him in 1994 shortly after he retired. After a period of mourning, he moved to Plantation, FL. During this time, Paul met a lovely redhead named Emily and fell in love again. The two married in April 2000. They spent over 14 years together before, sadly, Emily passed on.

Despite Paul's losses, he always maintained an amazing sense of humor and Old-World charm. He was always ready to see the good in people and never passed up the chance to give someone a compliment. We will remember him for all of these things. And for that winning smile. And (of course) those beautiful blue eyes.

Paul Victor Dobrow is survived by his five children: Marcy Dobrow Rose and husband Tim, Paul Dobrow and wife Karen, William Dobrow, Laurie Dobrow, and Mary Dobrow; by grandchildren Shannon Field and husband Roberto, Paul Vincent Dobrow and wife Kristin, Joshua Rose and wife Alice, and Chelsea Rose-Pulitzer and husband Jesse; by great-grandchildren Abigail Mackenzie, Griffin Geoffrey, Brody Arturo, and Adley Grace.

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