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Remembrances of Phil

Yolanda Gonzalez
It is always so hard to write about a person who worked close to you. And so loved by so many of us. As Past Vice President of the VNC I would ask Phil if he would attend a function with us but he always specified the days he was available for VNC business and the other days he was really dedicated to his family and his Temple. Not too many men like this around today. Those were sacred times for him. And he really meant it. Could not even persuade him with a free drink. But I finally did get him once, of course together with his wife. Once he got to know some of us and we got to know him he was the funniest and a no-nonsense of a guy. He told it as it was and HOW it will be. A perfectionist at his work.

Phil, to you our friend, I am sorry I was told to late of your departure, but in my heart you will remain and my tears are rolling down as I write this” Hasta la vista. ” Mi amigo.

Laura Silagi
Thank you for publishing all these stories of Phil, and for the wonderful photo of him. Phil was a great guy. He was funny and smart. He also told me of his recipe for poached eggs. Here is my memory of it, with the help of Alton Brown:

Poaching one egg
Heat enough water to come up about an 1 inch in a small saucepan. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoon white vinegar. Turn heat to a simmer. Most important, swirl the water with a spoon in one direction so that it is smoothly spinning. Crack an egg into a small bowl and gently slip the egg into the center of the whirlpool. Let it poach without the flame for 5 minutes. Lift out the egg with a slotted spoon and serve, or move to ice bath and refrigerate up to 8 hours. Reheat and serve.

DeDe Audet
It is hard for me to express myself about Phil Raider because I feel the loss so keenly. He was a beacon to me. When I was wrong he set me straight. Here is the way I will remember him:
When a meeting in Venice was lucky enough to have Phil Raider advising, things went well. Our community benefited with his good advice, his total commitment to freedom of all. He represented the good of Venice in religion, government, and daily life.

Linda Lucks
I also attended the service for Phil Raider too and was moved by the outpouring of love expressed at service. I saw Venetians there in addition to those named by Arnold Springer: Steve Freedman, Sue Kaplan, Steve Clare, and I are sure others. The sanctuary at Mission Tephilo, a 100-year-old Venice synagogue, is very large. It was filled with mourners, a tribute to the man who passed away before his time. Phil’s wife Roberta Tishman was surrounded by Phil’s two daughters, their husbands and his grandson Lev. Phil’s three older brothers spoke about their childhood in Cleveland and told emotional stories about Phil, who exhibited the feisty personality that was his lovable trademark. Phil was one of a kind, an original, a Venetian to the core and a mensch. We first worked together rehabilitating the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center in the early 1990’s. In politics, we were sometimes adversaries but always friends. My heart goes out to his family who will miss him dearly as will we. The VNC board meeting on Tuesday, June 17 will be dedicated to Phil’s memory and it is fitting that the new board will be seated that same night.
Rest in Peace Phil Raider.

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