Manuel Ramos

Obituary of Manuel Ramos

The Ramos family is mourning the loss and celebrating the remarkable life of their Dad and grandpa, Manuel F. "Manny" Ramos, age 95, a life long resident of 52 Houston Avenue, Newport, RI who passed away on December 30, 2006. Manny was known for his card and magic tricks, his gags and jokes and for spreading joy and laughter wherever he went even while he was in failing health at the Grand Islander nursing home in Middletown, RI. He was born in Newport on January 7, 1911, the son of the late Manuel B. Ramos and Violenta (Silveira) Ramos. He attended St. Augustin's School and De La Salle Academy in Newport. Wanting to serve his country and not likely to be drafted due to his age and young children, Manny enlisted in 1944 and served with the U.S. Army, 86th Infantry, Blackhawk Division in the central European Theater during World War II earning many decorations and citations. After the war, he started his own floor sanding business and later worked for J.T. O'Connell's Mill as a cabinet maker before retiring in 1976. Manny was a man of many interests and talents. He earned his private pilot's license after the war and was also one of the earliest scuba divers in the area, manufacturing much of his own diving equipment since none was locally available. He was a skilled photographer and an accomplished artist and artisan. His hand-carved replica of the SS United States has been on display at various locations in Newport. He also created many inventions that provided significant cost savings to his employer. He was a member of the Portsmouth Grange, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 10 in Newport, an associate member of the Newport Yacht Club, a member of Newport Lodge of Elks and enjoyed shooting pool with his friends at the Edward King House Senior Center. After grieving the loss of his wife, Gert, Manny found new joy in life with his beloved companion, Rachel Malenfant, especially when dancing with their many friends at the VFW in Tiverton, RI. In his younger years, he enjoyed going hunting with his children, his nephew and his faithful dog, Ginger. Manny loved competition whether playing chess, pool or spirited games of badminton with his family and Fifth Ward neighbors on his backyard clay court. He was a loyal Red Sox fan and would often stay up until 2:00 in the morning listening to their west coast games. He is predeceased by his wife Gertrude Clark Ramos, his younger sister, Violet I. Ramos (Auntie Ba) and his older sister, Mary E. Gerry (Auntie Mary). He is survived by his daughter, Joan F. Bartlett and husband Richard of Warwick, RI., his son Allan F. Ramos and wife Monique of Little Rock, Arkansas, his son James G. Ramos and wife Joan E. Paskewich of Oakdale Connecticut, his son Roger C. Ramos and his companion, Ruth Ortega of Los Angeles, California, his son Robert B. Ramos and wife Judith of Newport, RI., his daughter Nancy J. Ramos of Pascoag, RI, his beloved companion, Rachel Malenfant of Little Compton, RI and his nephew Stephen P. Gerry of Downingtown, PA. He also has nine grandchildren: Nori, Cason, Rob Jr., Katherine, Jean, Dannielle, Allan Jr., Charles and Judy and nine great-grandchildren. The Ramos family would like to thank the staffs of the Grand Islander Nursing Home, the Village House and the ICU of Newport Hospital for providing comfort, care and dignity to our father during the last year of his life. We would also like to thank the Boston Red Sox for finally winning it all before our Dad had to leave us. Calling hours will be Thursday, January 4, 2007 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M at the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport, R.I. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 5, 2007 at St. Augustin's Church, Carroll Avenue, Newport, R.I. Burial will follow at Newport Memorial Park, 123 Howland Avenue, Middletown. R.I. Donations in his memory may be made to the Edward King House Senior Center, 35 King Street, Newport, Rhode Island, 02840. Kindly write Manny's name in the memo section of your check.
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