Paul S. Hobica, 93, of Phoenix, died on Oct. 4, 2014.
Born of Lebanese immigrants on July 25, 1921, in Cardenas, Cuba, Hobica was 3 years old when his family moved to Phoenix. He enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after high school and served with the 28th Infantry Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Invasion of Normandy, and received the Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.
In 1952, Hobica opened his own business, Hobica’s Refrigeration, which serves the heating and cooling needs of Valley of the Sun residents. He married Elizabeth Mayhew on Feb. 14, 1952. He was very active in his church and the community and often committed his time to help the less fortunate. Hobica is survived by his children Margaret and Paul Goble, Dennize and Larry Taylor, Paul and Debbie Hobica, Louis and Jane Hobica, Michael and Jeannene Hobica, Matthew and Ruanne Hobica, and Mark and Tondi Hobica; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: St. Vincent de Paul at Most Holy Trinity, 8620 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020.
Publication date: 11/17/2014