RAYMONDVILLE, TX. - Fernando ``Freddy' Ramirez passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at his residence in Raymondville, Texas.
Freddy was born on May 11, 1940 at La Parra Ranch in Sarita, Texas to Emilio and Natalia Ramirez.
Freddy is survived by his loving wife of 52 glorious years, Angelita ``Angie' Ramirez and 3 sons who could not have asked for a better father and role model, Mike (Missy), David and Ronnie Ramirez. Grandsons, Gabriel and Daniel Ramirez and one brother Raul Ramirez and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Roberto and Ramiro Ramirez, sisters, Estella Luna, Elvira Martinez, and Herminia Garza.
Freddy was known by many names, Fred, Chief, Tio, Grandpa, honey but most importantly Dad. Dad set a trail that many can only wish and dream of accomplishing.
Our father began working for Brown & Haynes Inc in 1961 and slowly worked his way from washing cars to the Service Manager that always had a way of getting the job done. On October 3, 1974, our Dad began and found his second love (second only to Angie) as a Volunteer Fire Fighter with the Raymondville Fire Department. Freddy held various positions with the Department and in the late 1980's, Freddy was selected Assistant Fire Chief eventually reaching the position of Fire Chief/ Fire Marshall. Freddy continued serving, later becoming a member of the Lower Rio Grande Valley firefighters & Fire Marshall Association (LRGVFFFMA). In 1984, Freddy was elected to the executive board of the LRGVFFFMA and served in various positions. In 1999 our Dad was selected as the Texas State Firefighter of the Year which by this time we started to believe that Dad could walk on water. Dad continued serving the community and finally retired from his love and passion in 2008.
Freddy was elected to the Raymondville School Board in 1978 and served for 17 rewarding years holding various positions through his tenure as a school board trustee. Dad was always involved in what ever organizations needed help or asked for his guidance. Dad was a member of the OLG Parrish Council and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council in Raymondville.
Upon Dad's retirement, he found his third love working at the King Ranch as a gate guard. A simple ``How you doing Fred?' was followed by a long response from Dad where he told you his entire schedule at the ranch, for the coming week.
Viewing was on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:00 PM followed by the Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM at the Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 1175 W. Hidalgo in Raymondville, Texas.
A Holy Rosary will be held on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM at a site to be determined.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on May 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Located at 693 North 3rd Street in Raymondville.
Burial will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Cemetery.
Honored to be his pallbearers are past Presidents of the LRGVFFFMA, Rick Saldana, Robert Alvarez, Juan Reyes, Ubaldo Perez, Shawn Snyder, and Richard Drewry.
Honorary pallbearers are G. G. Ramirez, Mario Martinez, his grandsons Gabriel, and Daniel Ramirez, Oscar Gutierrez, Lonnie Correa, Zeke Cavazos, former Co-Workers of Brown & Haynes and members of the Raymondville Fire Department.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Raymondville.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on May 16, 2011