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Philip Matthew Strait April 23, 1961 - December 1, 2023

Philip Matthew Strait, age 61, passed away with close friends by his side on December 14, 2022. Philip was a truly kind, good, caring and
generous person. He enjoyed disco music, dining selections from organic vegetables, monster cookies, green sauce Tex-Mex to Ruth Chris steaks,
attending concerts, laughing at South Park and game nights with his friends and neighbors.
After graduating from Parkside High School in Salisbury, Maryland, he received training at DelMarVa Beauty Academy to be licensed in Full
Cosmetology. He was employed as a hair stylist and salon manager for over 25 years. Philip moved to Portland, Oregon and became a
cosmetology instructor and manager at Northwest College School of Beauty and Phagans School of Hair Design for 4 years.
Philip also had a passion for working with people who had developmental and physical disabilities. At age 16 he volunteered at Holly
Center in Salisbury, Maryland; in the 90’s he was in San Diego at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital helping clients with a variety of mental health
diagnoses; in 2008-2010 he was a Community Support Advocate at GoGetters, Inc. in Salisbury, Maryland.
In 2013 Philip retired from cosmetology and joined Cascadia Health Care where he worked assisting mental health clients to become more
independent. His final job role was as a supported employment specialist helping people find success and fulfillment with paid employment.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marilyn (Cummins) Strait, nephews Ryan Gilhooly and Chris Strait, and an
extraordinary, always supportive, life time friend, Ms. Lee Sinclair. He leaves behind his siblings: Constance Strait Gilhooly, Steven (Linda) Strait
and Laura (Wayne) Hurley. He also leaves behind special friends Frank Wolfe and Jimmy Jones along with cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Philip enjoyed living at Rainbow Vista – Senior Gay Community in Gresham. Friendships are Family.

If desired, Philip delighted in receiving flowers and supported Cyndi Lauper True Colors United Foundation (TrueColorsUnited.org) which
addresses the issue of youth homelessness in the United States. Philip loved helping others so his heart will be touched by any donation made to
a charity of your choosing.

A Celebration of Philip’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Gresham Memorial Chapel at 257 SE Roberts, Gresham, OR 97080.

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