RAYMUND, Edward Charles the philanthropist and visionary founder of the multi-billion dollar corporation Tech Data, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 9, 2008, surrounded by family and friends in Mission Hospital, in Orange County, CA. He was 80. Raymund founded Tech Data in Clearwater, in 1974. Today, the firm is a $23.4 billion global concern with offices in both Americas and Europe. Raymund was part of the initial group of pioneers to be inducted into the Computer Industry Hall of Fame in 1997. Born Aug. 26, 1928, in Los Angeles, Raymund attended the University of Southern California. His kindness and generosity is legendary, and he is remembered by the many causes he embraced: USC, Noble Vikings of Orange County, Mission Hospital, St. Margaret's Episcopal School, Mission of San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, Boys and Girls Club of San Juan Capistrano, OJAI Museum of Art, Newport Sports Museum, and Defense Orientation Conference Association. Said Duke Blackwood, Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, "The world is a better place because of Ed. Countless generations will benefit from his generosity and giving. A great legacy for a wonderful man." Ed is survived by his wife, Tricia; their young daughter, Mary, as well as his son, Steve, and three grown daughters, Lena Rogachevky, Karen Marder, and Suzanne Zigun with his late wife, Annette, and 13 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations may be made to St. Margaret's Episcopal School, the Edward C. Raymund Memorial Fund, and/or the University of Southern California, the Edward C. Raymund Endowed Fund.
Published in Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 25, 2008.