Romeyn (Ray) V. Lippman Jr. of New York city and Oak Bluffs died peacefully at Kateri Residence in New York city on Jan. 13. He was 89. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 48 years, Lois (Higginbotham), and his dear brother and best friend, Courtney (Coco) Lippman of Oak Bluffs.

Romeyn was the oldest of three children born to the late Romeyn and Lucille Lippman of Boston and Oak Bluffs. He was educated in the 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 juris doctor 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 Lois’s time working in the Eisenhower White House, the family eagerly relocated to the upper west side of Manhattan in 1959 where they enjoyed all that the city had to offer: Broadway, the Met, Lincoln Center and more. They loved New York.

Ray retired from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1978 and was then able to spend more time enjoying their summer home on the Vineyard. Lois and “Junior’s” little house on Pennacook was often heard to be echoing the sounds of summer fun. Ray 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 buddies on the links.

His life’s journey ended on Lois’s birthday, Jan. 13, surrounded by his devoted son Marc and his wife Dale of Washington, D.C., Honolulu, Hawaii. and Oak Bluffs. He also leaves to cherish his memory his loving sister, Emily L. Robertson 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 will be laid to rest beside his dear wife in Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Bluffs. A celebration of his life will be observed in the summer of 2013.