On Sunday, November 4, 2018, Roldan Ramirez Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving parents, his five siblings and close family members. He was 54 years old.
Junior was born on May 23, 1964 in Watsonville, California to Roldan and Maria Elena Ramirez. He grew up on the family farm helping his parents pick strawberries for Driscoll’s alongside his brothers. He received his high school diploma from Watsonville High in 1983. He traded the family agricultural business for a taste of the private sector where he held positions in a number of successful companies including Seagate, Goodwill, Macy’s, Staples, and Nordic Vitamins.
Junior was a loving son, a great brother and an awesome uncle. He was a great family host who always went out of his way to make everyone feel welcomed. Junior had a great passion for sports and was a devoted Warriors and Raiders fan. He loved watching Monday night wrestling and classic movies. His love for cars, mini-trucks and cruising Main Street in the 80s was no surprise to all who knew him. Junior had an ear for music and enjoyed listening to Oldies, Blues, Rancheras and Romanticas. He loved to cook, barbecue and bake especially at holiday and family gatherings.
Every year for Thanksgiving, Junior looked forward to baking pumpkin pies, barbecuing ham, and making his delicious stuffing. More noteworthy was that each year without exception, Junior took great pride in claiming to be the culinary “Champ” of the family. During the Christmas holiday season, Junior loved shopping for gifts for his family, especially his nieces and nephews. He always made sure everyone received a gift. Junior was known and very much loved for his generous and compassionate heart, his thunderous laughter, his young jolly spirit and his ability to connect with people. He played a big role in caring for his parents including helping them run errands, shop for groceries and attend doctors’ appointments. He will be greatly missed.
Junior is survived by his father Roldan; his mother Maria Elena; his brothers Ismael, Armando, Alfredo, Rene and Omar; his sisters-in-law Laura, Norma, Patricia, Zahira and Judith; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be held on November 18 at 6 pm at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel on East Lake Ave. A funeral service will be held on November 19th at 10 am at St Patrick’s Catholic Church on Main Street.
Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.