Celebration of Life for Paula Brandis (Off-site, see below.)

Executive Director Paula Brandes

Celebration of Life for Paula Brandis (Off-site, see below.)


The San Diego Automotive Museum is deeply saddened to report the passing of our beloved executive director, Paula Brandes, on Sunday, February 4th, 2018. She passed away in her sleep and in relative peace, a fighter to the very end. We’ve lost our sister, yes, but we were blessed to have had her in our lives for as long as we did. We will miss her free spirit, her compassion, and her leadership. Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to her family and her many, many friends.

                  Bon voyage and fare-thee-well, dearest Paula. Until we meet again.

From Paula's Niece Amy: SDAM FINAL Nov2016-01.png

Loved ones of Paula aka Poola Boola:

Posting details for Paula's service here, again in hopes it will be accessible and not get buried amongst all of these wonderful messages you have been posting.

We will be having a Celebration of Life for our dear Poola on Saturday February 24th. My family truly hopes you can all attend and share in the amazing stories and memories of her life and the many people she touched so deeply. And if her spirit moves you to don a pirate cap or red licorice bucket or a goofy hat on your head then by all means do so! She would love it. This will truly be an incredible celebration of her life!

Paula did not want a sad, serious send off. She always said she hoped it would be a party and good times filled with laughter and stories. We hope to honor her wishes.

Please join us at:

Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Unit H
San Diego, CA 92120
Saturday February 24th 11:00 AM

Her final resting place will be out at Sea ... truly fitting for the Pirate she was. This will be done by small group of her family and close friends.

Lastly, we ask that in lieu of flowers donations instead be sent to:

The San Diego Automotive Museum
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Attn: Sally Hansen 619-398-0301

Again, thank you all for your support and love, and mostly for letting this incredible woman into your hearts. There will never be another like her!

Kindest Regards,




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