Philip Kaplan, 89, passed away on March 26, 2021 at home. He was the loving husband of Rosanne. They had 40 years of wonderful marriage together. He will be sorely missed and is survived by his wife Rosanne (nee Goldstein), sister Peggy Sharpe (the late Burton Sharpe), brother-in-law Michael (Barbara) Goldstein, sister-in-law Ruth Goldstein, children Marc (Erika) Kaplan, Janet (David) Moody, James (Rebecca) Kaplan, cousins Melissa (Eric) Mack Gold, Susan (Loren) Mack Taple, grandchildren Drew Kaplan, Jenna Kaplan, Nick (Stefanie) Moser, Steve Moser and Mike (Sheridan) Moser, 6 great-grandchildren, and his beloved dog Tootsie.
Phil was born in Chicago, IL to the late Julius and Goldie (Handelsman) Kaplan and lived there for many years. Phil had always loved the Southwest and in 1994 Phil and Rosanne decided that Albuquerque would be a wonderful new home and have lived there ever since.
Phil had a very successful career as a Marketing/Advertising Executive who worked with companies such as Alberto-Culver, Gillette, Miller Brewing and Midas. He also spent 10 years sharing his marketing/advertising expertise by teaching at Columbia College in Chicago.
After retiring, Phil had a chance to really pursue his wide variety of interests - reading, travel, photography, Indian arts and culture, stamp collecting, grocery shopping, cooking - to name just a few. He was an avid swimmer and swam for over 40 years.
Phil believed in giving back to the community and volunteered with several organizations - SCORE (where he spent 3 years as Chair), the JCC, Congregation Albert, and the Nature Center.
Phil loved to travel and owned a travel agency for 5 years, while living in Chicago. He found the planning of the trip, almost as much fun as the trips themselves. After retirement, he and Rosanne traveled and explored many countries and continents. His love of photography came through in the amazing pictures he took on these trips. His photos are proudly displayed in the homes of his children, family members and Albuquerque restaurants.
Phil loved his family and his 3 dogs. He often talked about how all of his kids were really good kids and he knew that they were all doing so well. He was always happy when he got to spend time with them as well as all of his other family and friends.
Phil was a caring man with a wonderful smile and a sparkle in his eye. He never thought that he would live to be 89, but for those of us who are missing him, it wasn't enough! He is sorely missed and won't be forgotten!
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:00am MDT. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will be limited to immediate family only. We welcome all family and friends to attend via live stream. To join the live stream please click the following link: http://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/51513
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Caring Committee at Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, NM or The Animal Humane Society or any other charity of your choice.