1954-2012

SPANGENBERG, Philip Charles Spangenberg lost his brief battle with advanced lung cancer on May 6, 2012. He was 58. Philip is survived by his beloved of many years, Susan Shepherd; her son, Adam Shepherd; his son Richard Sefton Spangenberg (Aimee) and daughter Ashley Marie Spangenberg; his parents, Nicole and Richard Spangenberg; his brother Marc Spangenberg (Marianne); and his sisters, Dominique Laan (Cyril) and Caroline Walker (Duncan) of Dallas. Philip was one of two founding partners in Gulf Coast Real Estate Consultants and Wireless Services, two nationally recognized businesses in the telecommunications industry. While their roots were in the acquisition and servicing of cellular towers, these companies are now leaders in the field of indoor antenna systems, having designed and implemented some of the largest such systems in the world including many NFL stadiums, airports, and convention centers. Working with his partner Julio Dumas, Philip had a steady hand as a business owner and manager, helping to grow their companies from a few employees in New Orleans to nearly 40 employees spread across the country today. He played a large role in each of their lives and was well respected by everyone he worked with. Philip was a graduate of De La Salle High School and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Philip lived his life with gusto. He enjoyed hunting with his buddies, as well as traveling. Recently, he and Susan toured the wine country of France. His zest for adventure found yet another outlet in the occasional short jaunt on his Harley. Philip was a passionate sailor and looked forward every year to the Pensacola sailboat race with his crew of friends. He was a lifelong member of the Southern Yacht Club, and an avid racer in various classes. Most recently he enjoyed sailing his 40-foot sloop "Mystere." Philip was an accomplished chef and gracious host. Any holiday gathering entrusted to his care was elevated to a grand occasion. The Saints have lost their loudest and most devoted season ticket holder. But perhaps he would best like to be remembered as a devoted Dad, who reveled in the company and accomplishments of Sefton and Ashley. Philip touched all who knew him with his great heart and generous spirit. Philip was the fifth generation of the Spangenberg family which settled in the New Orleans area in 1823. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 10, from 10am - 12pm at ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH at 444 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005 followed by a funeral mass at 12pm. Following a private burial, a reception will be held at the Southern Yacht Club, 105 N. Roadway, New Orleans, LA. 70124. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Lung Cancer Alliance, 1 Point Place, Suite 200, Madison WI, 53719 or www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org/ donation. Please view and sign the family guestbook at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.