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John Finlay Ramsay Jr.

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John Finlay Ramsay Jr.

John Finlay Ramsay Jr. passed away at home on October 10, 2013 of complications from appendiceal cancer. He was 80 years of age. Born September 9, 1933 in Seattle to Dr. John Finlay ("Red") Ramsay and Lydia Gair Bushell Ramsay, John attended Laurelhurst Elementary, John Marshall Junior High, and Roosevelt High School. After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in biology and history, he served in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Korean War. John will be remembered as an excellent, well-rounded athlete who was at his finest when competing in events of any kind, including storytelling.

John was a former executive of Western International Hotels and served as General Manager of the University of Washington Bookstore during its expansion in the early 1970s. He also managed Del Norte and Pacific Hotels, and started Washington-Made Products, a co-operative food enterprise. He served on the boards of Children's Home Society of Washington, Boy Scouts of America, and the University District Chamber of Commerce. He was a long-time member of the Seattle Tennis Club and the Seattle Golf Club.

John is survived by his wife of 30 years, Catherine McCurdy Chatalas; daughter Victoria Ramsay Hartmann Atkins (Victor) of Santa Barbara, son John Finlay Ramsay III (Joanne) of Seattle, and their mother, Barbara Boid Ramsay Bradley of Santa Barbara; grandchildren Elizabeth, Lucia and Margaret Hartmann of Santa Barbara and Peter and Kate Ramsay of Seattle; stepchildren Jody Chatalas (Bryndis Jonsson), Helen Chatalas (James Butler), and step-grandchildren Ella Chatalas and G. Finlay Butler; aunt, Kay Ramsay; cousins David Ramsay, Jennifer Whalen and Margot Boyle, all of Seattle. He is also survived by former wife, Delanne Gleed, and stepchildren Tommy, Duffy, Terry and Cindy Boone.

John was preceded in death by his parents; uncles Hugh Ramsay, Bertram Ramsay, Leo Eilertsen and Andrew Bushell; aunt Margaret Cameron Bushell Eilertsen, and cousins Pat Brunton, Mary Jean Bushell and Sally Hardman.

John was a friend and mentor to many, an outgoing and warm-hearted man, proud of his heritage, who enjoyed a productive life filled with friends and family. He was gentle, generous and kind, a man whose presence touched many lives and who placed the welfare of others and the greater community above himself.

At John's request, there will be no formal service. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 9th from 4 to 6pm at the Seattle Tennis Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northwest Harvest, P.O. Box 12272, Seattle, WA 98102, or to the .

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Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28, 2013
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