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Raymond Amand "BonPapa" Lorie


1936 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Raymond Amand "BonPapa" Lorie Obituary
Raymond Amand "BonPapa" Lorie
May 14, 1936 - June 18, 2015
Resident of San Jose
Raymond Lorie entered eternal life on June 18, 2015 after valiantly battling multiple myeloma for 9 years. He was surrounded by his children and their wives, and several of his grandchildren in his home in Almaden Valley. As Raymond is reunited with Ileana, his beloved wife of 34 years until her passing in 2011, he is survived by his three sons (Miguel, Ignacio and Francisco Terrizzano), their wives (Alyssa, Claudia and Lynn), seven grandchildren (Cristina, Ileana, Daniel, Julia, Isabella, Emma and Michael), five siblings (Marie-Anne, Danielle, Henri, Paul and Martine), and many nieces and nephews.
Raymond was born in Brussels, Belgium to Pol and Suzanne Lorie-Lambert in 1936. The second of six children and the oldest boy, he was a brilliant Engineering student who graduated with the highest honors. As an engineer, he had a long and distinguished career as a researcher at IBM where, among his many contributions, he was a pioneer in the development of System R, a precursor to modern day databases, and SQL. It is not an exaggeration to say that many of today's highly automated day to day operations are due in large part to Raymond's scientific and technical discoveries, inventions, and contributions.
But Raymond was not one to exalt his impressive achievements, often letting others take credit for his accomplishments. A very humble man, he derived great joy from spending time with family. He raised Ileana's sons as if his own, welcomed their wives as daughters, and was the most doting grandfather imaginable. The family will cherish many memories ranging from weekly get-togethers to several trips such as the unforgettable 6-week tour of Europe in 1983, Argentina in 1985, Lake Tahoe (once in a 1973 VW Bug!), Mexico, Washington D.C., Canada, and others. The grandchildren will be forever grateful for the time that he spent with them, from attending countless performances and sporting events, to helping with school projects, to sleepovers, to just spending quality time. Raymond was a great teacher and friend to all those whose lives he touched.
Raymond was a deeply religious and charitable man. True to his style, he made numerous behind the scenes contributions to the Catholic Church in general, and his parish in particular. In honor of his wishes such contributions will remain anonymous. As the family sorts out his personal affairs we are learning of the large number of charities to which he contributed. We are not surprised in the least.
You will be missed BonPapa, but we take comfort in knowing that you are receiving your well-deserved reward in His kingdom. Say hi to "Abila". She has been waiting for you.
Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. at Holy Spirit Church, 1200 Redmond Avenue, San Jose. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Catholic Relief Services.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 24, 2015
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