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Redwood Chapel

847 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA

OBITUARY

Paul A CERVENKA

October 15, 1947December 23, 2018
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Paul Cervenka, 71

Paul Cervenka, a lifelong Emerald Hills resident, died at his home after a short illness. He is survived by his first wife, Sharon L., his daughters Denise Sandell and Heather Alvarez, 4 grandchildren (Alyssa, Kyle, Jason & Madison) and 4 brothers. He loved being active with his children and grandchildren.

An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed adventure, traveling and visiting National Parks with his long term girlfriend Sharon I. He had many hobbies and interests including traveling to exotic locations around the world and riding his motorcycle to Alaska, Mexico and across the United States. He loved tinkering with classic motorcycles and old machinery.

He was a 47 year member of the Steamfitters Union 467 and also a machinist.

He loved life!

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, January 7, 2019

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Biography

Paul Cervenka was a loving father and a great friend. He was passionate about motorcycles and seeing the world. He loved life! Paul leaves behind a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. He will be missed by all of the people whose lives he touched.

Paul was born on October 15, 1947 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. He was the son of Ludwig and Georgia Cervenka. Paul grew up in Redwood City, California with his five siblings. He had four older brothers, George, Frank, Bill, and Dave, and one younger brother, Robert.

Growing up, Paul enjoyed fishing, riding dirt bikes and exploring the outdoors. He attended San Carlos High School. He had fond memories of his many high school friendships, particularly Mike T., Gerry W. and Danny S, all of whom he remained close with for many years

After high school, Paul attended the Steamfitters Union Trade School. He had a passion for building and fixing things, and spent many hours working on his cars and motorcycles and was always excited that he was able to use these skills in his career as a machinist and steamfitter. He also enjoyed working on vintage motorcycles and tinkering with old machinery. During his 47 years as a member of Steamfitters Union 467, he took great pride in the role he played in building many of the structures that would become the foundation of Silicon Valley, and often came home with stories about the amazing technological innovations that would be happening in the places he was working. He was particularly fascinated with the work being done at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, where he worked on multiple projects. He retired in 2007.

In his leisure time, Paul loved riding his motorcycles, and competed in many enduro races. He competed in motorcycle hill climbs into his sixties. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycles across the continent, including trips to Mexico, Canada and Alaska. If he wasn’t riding his motorcycles, he could probably be found working on them or reading about the latest advancements in motorcycle technology. Paul was a member of the Riders Association of Triumph Motorcycles and the American Motorcycle Association. Throughout his later years, Paul was an active member of the Doodle-Bug Club and enjoyed restoring Doodle Bugs.

Paul cherished his pets. Kid was his favorite cat and constant companion. He was also especially fond of his German Shepherd, Dude, who used to chase the school bus and follow his children to school.

He enjoyed touring national parks, camping, fishing and also seeing the world. Paul and his girlfriend of nearly 20 years, Sharon, had many memorable adventures. They toured the country in Paul’s camper, did lots of hiking and boating and also took several trips to Hawaii. He also traveled to such exotic locations as Africa, Czechoslovakia, Germany, France, Australia, Thailand and the Virgin Islands.

His greatest source of pride was his family. He loved to spend time with his two daughters, Denise and Heather, and his four grandchildren, Alyssa, Kyle, Jason and Madison. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and passions with them, teaching them about things like astronomy, riding and repairing motorcycles, camping and archery. He was also known to tell some pretty scary ghost stories around the campfire!

Paul passed away peacefully on December 23, 2018 at his home in Redwood City, California. Paul fought a brave battle against lung cancer and leaned on his faith as a Christian to help him through it. He is survived by his two daughters, Denise and Heather, his long term girlfriend Sharon I., his four brothers, George, Bill, Dave, and Robert, his grandchildren, Alyssa, Kyle, Jason, and Madison, and his former wife, Sharon L. Services were held at Redwood Chapel. Paul was laid to rest in Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, California.