On Sunday, January 13, 2013, Romeyn V. (Ray) Lippman Jr. of New York City and Oak Bluffs died peacefully at Kateri Residence in New York City. He was 89.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 48 years, Lois (nee Higginbotham) , and his dear brother and best friend, Courtney (Coco) of Oak Bluffs.
Romeyn was the oldest of three children born to Romeyn and Lucille Lippman, late of Boston and Oak Bluffs. He was educated in Boston public schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his discharge, he graduated from Suffolk University and received his JD degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
Ray and Lois were married in 1951 and spent the first few years of their marriage in Washington, D.C, during which time their cherished son, Marc, was born. At the end of her time working the Eisenhower White House, the family eagerly relocated to the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1959, where they enjoyed all the city had to offer — Broadway, the Met, Lincoln Center, the theater district, etc. They loved N.Y.!
Ray retired from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1978 and was then able to spend more time enjoying the summer home on the Vineyard. Lois and “Junior’s” little house on Pennacook was oftentimes heard echoing the sounds of summer fun. He was a connoisseur of music — from jazz to opera — and his knowledge of the art is legendary. He was also an avid golfer and was known for his passion for the game and the enjoyment he shared with his friends on the links.
His life’s journey ended on Lois’s birthday, January 13, surrounded by his devoted son, Marc, and his wife, Dale, of Washington, D.C., Honolulu, Hi., and Oak Bluffs. He also leaves to cherish his memory his loving sister, Emily L. Robinson of Oak Bluffs and his niece, Amy R. Goldson, of Washington, D.C., and Oak Bluffs.
Romeyn will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, a faithful husband, father, and brother, and a friend to many.
He was laid to rest beside his dear wife in Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Bluffs, and a celebration of his life was observed this summer.