Leonard Poma Passed

by on March 11, 2013 · 7 comments

in History, Life Events, Ocean Beach

Poma Leonard

Len doing what he loved best. And his customers loved him for it.

Leonard Poma – who started “Poma’s” on Bacon Street – passed last Wednesday, March 6th. He is reportedly to have died at home around 5 a.m. with his family.

Poma old ad 1966

An old Poma’s ad from the late Sixties.

Leonard, or “Len”, had been battling cancer for awhile now. But his body finally gave out.  He was 62.

Poma’s became synonymous for wonderful roast beef sandwiches.  Those and his cheese-heavy pizzas have been mainstays in the Ocean Beach restaurant scene since the 1960’s.

Services will be held Thursday, March 14, at 11 at the Gateway Church in El Cajon (1280 North Johnson Avenue). All are welcome.

Poma Leonard later

Leonard later in life.

Len’s son, Nicholas, has carried the business on for years.  At one point years ago, the business had been sold to someone else.  But for whatever reasons, Len took it back and it’s been in the family since.

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bodysurferbob March 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

leonard will be sorely missed. i know he hasn’t worked at the place for awhile now. but my personal favorite is the meatball sandwich.


OB Joe March 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Damn, Len! Why did you have to go and do such a thing, dude? My condolences to the Poma family.


Debra March 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

How sad. His shop is the best place in San Diego for sandwiches.


annie m. March 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

my heart goes out to the Poma Family. daddy’s are such special people.


Mike James March 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I’ve been consuming Poma’s sandwiches (either the Ham & Cheese or the Roast Beef) since 1976. Leonard was always friendly and genuine and he knew how to cook a mean roast beef. My hope is that he enjoyed his retirement after Nick took over.


Duff E. McFadden March 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

We use to eat there in the mid-70s when we lived there. Whenver we visit, a Torpedo at the Poma is our first “welcome home” meal. RIP Leonard.


Rick Chalmers March 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm

R.I.P Leonard and darn you for giving that Larry Himmel clown a job making sandwiches for you back in the seventies. what a goof he was….

Rest easy my friend, I’ll be showing up at your sandwich order counter someday.



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