Arvid Paul Croonquist, Jr.

February 2, 1920March 7, 2018

Arvid Paul Croonquist, Jr. February 1920 - March 2018 Pebble Beach

Born in 1920 in Virginia, Paul’s early life as an Army brat was filled with travel and adventure. A graduate of Rutgers Prep and West Point, Class of January ‘43, he had a distinguished 30 year military career retiring in Monterey.

Being a man of many talents, Paul enjoyed retirement to the fullest. He pursued creative endeavors including art, sports, theater and dancing with his beautiful wife. He was a dedicated volunteer working with Meals on Wheels, the Monterey Museum of Art, 30 years at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Thursday, 1st Shift) as well as several other organizations.

Family came first, never missing a game or a swim meet, Paul was our number one fan. He was compassionate, loyal, fun-loving, inquisitive, mindful, philanthropic and generous with a heart of gold. A close friend described Paul as “one of the best cadets, best officers and most outstanding person” he ever knew; an officer and a gentleman, he embodied the true spirit of the greatest generation.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Arvid and Marguerite; his daughter, Ann; brother, Turner and nephew, Michael. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Phoebe; his children, Bliss, Brookes, Paul, Kristina, Catherine; their significant others and spouses, Jim, Ashley, Gerard, and Danny and his grandchildren, Jack, Danielle (Igor), Brendan, Mike and Brad.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 11:00 am at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Pacific Grove. At Paul’s request, any memorial donations can be given to the donor’s favorite charity. Please visit to sign Paul’s guest book and leave messages for his family.

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  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Hector Topete, Sr.

April 6, 2018

The West Point Society of the Monterey Peninsula is deeply saddened to have lost its most dear and extraordinary member. The heartfelt condolences of all members of our Society go out to Phoebe and their family.

Colonel Paul Croonquist served his country, family, and community in a singularly unique and magnificent manner. As a graduate of the West Point class of January 1943, he began his long and distinguished service with WWII. He put himself in harm’s way and contributed immeasurably to the freedoms and privileges we as Americans continue to enjoy. As a member of our Society and long-standing "Oldest Living Graduate," he had lasting influence in the minds and hearts of his colleagues, friends, and family members. For decades, Paul was a pivotal member of our Society--we truly loved him. As fellow members of the Long Gray Line, we are proud of the phenomenal service he provided to our Nation, community, Society, and his fellow Americans. It was a privilege and honor to have been associated with such a kind and distinguished gentleman who believed in a life of Duty, Honor, Country. We will dearly miss our beloved "Oldest Living Graduate."

Perhaps the words of Cadet Reinecke in 1911 say it best: “And when our work is done, Our course on earth is run, May it be said, Well done, Be thou at peace.”

Our prayers, warmest wishes, and heartfelt condolences go out to Phoebe and Paul's entire family.

With Sincere Sympathy,
The West Point Society of the Monterey Peninsula

Ed Quinnan

April 6, 2018

Phoebe and Paul's Family:

We have lost one of our greatest West Point grads... A true officer and a gentleman. CQ was inspirational in his positive approach to life. His cheerful presence when he entered the room was always felt by all.

A wonderful man indeed

We will miss you very much, Paul..

Be thou at Peace...

Peg Gerba

April 4, 2018

Dear Phoebe,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of dear Paul.
He was such a marvelous example of a christian man setting the pace for many to follow. May God grant you courage and peace.
With love,
Peg Gerba

Broeck Oder

March 18, 2018

Sincere condolences to all friends and family of Colonel Croonquist. I had the opportunity to meet him early in my time in Monterey, and always enjoyed a brief chat during random encounters with this kind, wonderful man who served his nation so honorably through trying times. No doubt God has already received the Colonel with a highly deserved "Well done!"

Jan Marcus

March 18, 2018

To Col.Paul’s family, It’s with a heavy heart that I’m writing this. Paul always made my day at Bayonet and Blackhorse golf courses. He always bought a cup of coffee from me on the course. Always had a kind word and was a pleasure to know him and Turner when they played out there. I have to say he was my ultimate golf customer. My deepest condolences, Jan Marcus (Beverage Cart Attendant)

Sarah Bonner

March 16, 2018

Dear Phoebe and family,
It has been such a spedcial experience to enjoy the wonderful lunches and bridge with you , Paul and Jill for the past few years. We did get some time to share special experiences regarding the delightful enents in our lives. Although we did not have children who overlapped in their lives, we did enjoy sharing our fine families experiences.
I'm sorry that our busy lives with our families that as couples we did not get together while Bob was alive . We would have had a fine relationship. and fun together. I'm sure that you are pleased that buriel will be at West Poin. He has made a fine contribution to our country and he had the perfect wife to share this wonderful experience
I do want to get you here for lunch and bridge. I will call you soon to make arrangements.
My sympathy to all the family members for this great loss.
Sarah Bonner

Gael Gallagher

March 14, 2018

Such a blessing to have known this wonderful
man ( and wonderful wife Phoebe) as an aquarium vomunteer and member of St Angela’s .
Thank you Paul for the joy you brought to this world.
May your family always feel your love and confort from above. Your light will always shine!

With love,

Gael Gallagher

Dean Hoffman

March 13, 2018

My deepest sympathy.