Raymond Wendell Philipp passed away on November 26, 2022, in Auburn, California after a long struggle with many health issues. Raymond (known to all as Ray) was born to Josephine and Elmo Philipp on January 17, 1945 in San Jose, California. He lived his early years in Mountain View, California and graduated from Mountain View/ Awalt High School in 1962. Ray attended Foothill Community College and San Jose State University, graduating with a BA in Advertising in 1970. He returned to graduate school to complete an additional degree in Radio/Television Production 1972.
During his high school and college years, Ray was a talented musician on both the piano and string bass. He played in several small groups, including his own Ray Philipp Trio. Listening to modern jazz was a favorite pastime, whether at home or in clubs or concert venues, and Ray always enjoyed adding to his jazz record collection.
After graduating from college, Ray moved to Los Angeles to work in the audio-visual industry, later becoming Division manager of a large audio-visual rental, sales and service company. While in Los Angeles, Ray met and married the love of his life, Barbara; soon after, Barbara and Ray returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Ray began his long and successful career in trade show sales and management.
After Barbara’s untimely death in 1989, Ray continued in trade show management as a national Senior Sales Executive; he also found time for his favorite leisure activities that included skiing, back-packing, camping, and photography. In his years both before and after retirement, Ray enjoyed traveling with friends to Europe, Hawaii, and the Southwest and Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents and wife Barbara. He is survived by his brother Joel and his sister Catheryn Morris, his niece Jennifer Maniccia, his nephews Brian and Alan Morris, and his grandniece Lia and grandnephews Luca, Elliot, and Liam.
We will always remember his sense of humor, his spirited and engaging personality, and his devotion, care and love for those he held closest to his heart. Rest in peace, dear Raymond.