• "I have been thinking of Manuel (and David) for the past..."
    - Tim Ross



On Saturday, October 26, Manuel Enrique Ramirez, loving husband of David Eccleston, passed away at the age of 95. Manuel was born on February 11, 1924 to Rosa Sauri and Juan Francisco Ramirez Fonseca in Lima, Peru. His family owned silver mines there. Manuel moved to Washington, DC at the age of 24 and became a Naturalized Citizen on September 17, 1960. He had a brilliant career at the Organization of American States (OAS), becoming Chief of Protocol in 1970. He interacted personally with American Presidents and their wives, including Kennedy, Reagan, Bush and Carter, and he worked with the heads of all Latin American countries and with the King and Queen of Spain. In 1979, when the Pope visited Washington, he complemented OAS in his speech. Manuel helped non-Spanish speakers in Washington with the pronunciation of Spanish names. Manuel was well known for his gracious manners, his elegant dinner parties and his superb culinary skills. He was a popular dance partner, with Jackie Kennedy among others, and. he was a popular subject in the Washington Post. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club in Washington. He loved to entertain his friends on weekends at his Rehoboth Beach home. He loved to travel to many places around the world. Manuel was very active in several charitable works in Fort Lauderdale, where he lived in retirement, including Tuesdays Angels, Gamma Mu, the Food Bank and the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.Manuel loved music and art. He is survived by his husband and by his three nephews and their families. Donations in Manuel Ramirez' memory can be given to the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 6, 2019
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