Feb. 16, 1956 - Oct. 12, 2015
Philip A. Vercammen-Grandjean passed away in the company of his beloved family on October 12, 2015. He was born on February 16, 1956 in the city of Bukavu in what was formerly known as the Belgian Congo (then became Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). In 1960, his family moved to Belgium, and in 1961 his family immigrated to San Francisco, CA. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1973, where he achieved all-league honors in football in his senior season, and completed an associates of arts degree in aircraft and power-plant maintenance at the City College of San Francisco. His airline maintenance career began in 1978 with a contracted line maintenance company that handled Mexicana Airlines (where he met his wife) then continued onto Golden Gate Airlines, Pacific Express Airlines, and Continental Airlines at San Francisco International Airport, then spent the last 26 years with FedEx at Oakland International Airport. He was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan, enjoyed good wine, good company, and most favored travelling to Puerto Vallarta, San Jose Del Cabo, Kauai & Maui, and Seattle with his wife. As grandchildren entered his life, being a "PaPi" was most precious to him.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Margaret, his children Christopher, 31, (San Francisco, CA) and Meghan, 25, (Walnut Creek, CA), his grandchildren Andie ,3, (San Francisco, CA) and Gabriel Philip, 1, (San Francisco, CA), as well as his mother Eliane (San Francisco, CA), and brother Luc (Novato, CA). His memory is to be celebrated with a Memorial at St. John Vianney Catholic Church on November 3, 2015. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to John Muir Medical Center. View the online memorial for Philip Vercammen-Grandjean