Remembering Geoffrey Mogilner: A Tribute to a Community Icon

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Geoffrey Mogilner, a cherished figure within the heart of Old Town San Diego. Mogilner was the visionary founder of Racine & Laramie Tobacconist, a cornerstone establishment that has graced our community for over five decades.

The memorial service, held on Friday, March 22, was a poignant reflection of Mogilner’s enduring legacy and the profound impact he had on those around him. Friends, family, and colleagues gathered at Racine & Laramie to pay their respects and celebrate the life of a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many.

Mogilner’s journey began in the late 1960s when he established Racine & Laramie Tobacconist with a vision to create more than just a business but a haven for enthusiasts and a hub of community engagement. Over the years, his dedication to quality and unwavering commitment to exceptional service solidified Racine & Laramie as a trusted name, beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Beyond his role as a successful entrepreneur, Mogilner was deeply ingrained in the fabric of our community. He tirelessly contributed to the preservation of Old Town’s rich heritage, recognizing the importance of honoring the past while embracing the future. His passion for the area was infectious, inspiring others to join him in his endeavors.

Mogilner’s passing has left a void in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Yet, as we mourn his loss, we also celebrate the enduring legacy he leaves behind. His spirit will forever be woven into the fabric of Old Town San Diego, a reminder of the profound impact one individual can have on a community.

To Mogilner’s family, friends, and colleagues, we extend our deepest condolences. May you find solace in the cherished memories you shared and the knowledge that his legacy will endure for generations to come. Though he may no longer walk among us, his presence will continue to inspire and uplift us, guiding us as we carry forward his vision for a vibrant and connected community.

In honoring Geoffrey Mogilner, we honor not only a businessman but a beloved member of our community whose spirit will forever illuminate the streets of Old Town San Diego.