Obituary Philippe H. Brainos Southern Pines

Philippe H. Brainos, 75, of Southern Pines and formerly Paris, France, passed peacefully at the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Tuesday, June 8th.

Born in Marseille, France, September 25, 1945, he was the son of the late Alain and Helene Brainos. Philippe was raised in Paris and served in the French Army as a young man. After his service, he worked alongside his father for Culligan Water Treatment. Philippe quickly climbed the corporate ladder, landing in the Research & Development department, where he helped introduce the first mass-produced reverse osmosis water treatment system. His work moved him to Chicago, where he met Dorothy Stenzel. The two married June 20, 1970, and started a family. His work would move him and his family from Illinois to California and back to France. In 1987, Philippe brought his family back to America where they settled in Durham, NC. Desiring a career change, Philippe pursued his passion of fine dining and wine, ultimately becoming a highly-regarded and sought-after Sommelier.

Philippe was a consummate showman and master storyteller. He radiated wit and charm, and left a memorable impression on everyone he met. Philippe loved movies, Double Whoppers, and pointing out things that were invented by the French. Above all, he loved his family.

Philippe is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy Stenzel Brainos. He was the father of Marcus Brainos, wife Renee, Alain Brainos, wife Jessica, and Greg Brainos. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher, wife Moriah, Philippe, Morgan Flores, husband Benjamin, Myna, Adrian, and Daria. Philippe was the great-grandfather of: Arissabeth, Maverick, Asher, and Waverly. He also leaves behind a brother and a sister.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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