Romeo Efondulan Ramiro

May 10, 1938September 28, 2020

Romeo Efondulan Ramiro, age 82, of Bonita, California passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020. Romeo was born May 10, 1938 in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines.

A visitation for Romeo will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902. It will take place outdoors in the garden of the Chapel of the Roses, with a brief program beginning at 6:00 PM.

Should you wish to send a gift to honor Romy's memory, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association ( or the Life is Good Playmakers Foundation (

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below.


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Anna Mae Lee

October 18, 2020

Dear Aunt Rosemarie, Rachel, Roxanne and Rhonda,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I wish we were all there to show our support. I have been reading the wonderful things people have shared about Uncle Romy. Like many others, I was fortunate to be welcomed so kindly into your home back in 1991 when I first arrived from the Philippines. Uncle Romy was someone who made you feel right at ease and I won't forget him sharing his tales of dad and that lesson on possums. I hope we get a chance to pay our respects when this pandemic settles down.
Sincerely, Anna Mae

Ming Soto

October 15, 2020

Condolences to the Ramiro Family

From Soto Family

Paul Bolick-Mausisa

October 15, 2020

I feel deep sadness in Lolo’s passing. I remember how he and Lola welcomed and embraced kawayan and I when we joined the family. Kawayan and I got another wise and caring elder in our life. I will miss his infectious laugh and after dinner time stories of younger years and life in the Philz. Lolo seemed content with life and with what he experienced and accomplished, and he was very proud of his daughters and grandchildren. Lolo was sweet, gentle and had a laid back approach to everything, lessons I will carry with me through life. While I will miss Lolo, I’m happy he is at rest with our ancestors watching over us.

Kawayan Bolick Ong

October 14, 2020

I always remember Lolo sitting in front of the TV after dinner watching the news or some sort of detective show. I would sit with him on the coach, very little talking would happen, but it was always nice just to sit with him.

Jason Tadros

October 12, 2020

One of the earlier memories of Uncle Romy was my first solo trip to San Diego in the 80s. He picked me up at the airport with a warm smile and that friendly Filipino accent. He drove me around the city with the girls, taking me to the beach, the zoo and other attractions. Then, of course, we needed to make a trip to the navy store to buy California sunglasses. He told me how cool I was and I felt like part of the family.

Fast forward about 30 years when I visited in 2019 and he hadn’t changed. Still upbeat, maybe a little slower, but lots of dad jokes and that big smile. Over all that time, I never remember a harsh word or judgemental approach. He was always positive and in his quiet parenting way, helped to guide me. I guess that’s why he and aunt Rose Mary raised such amazing daughters.

We will all miss his energy and love.

Amir Morozumi

October 11, 2020

I remember I used to go out into the backyard and walk with Lolo in the sun. We had the funniest conversations about school and the weather and the neighbor's noisy dog. I also remember the Las Vegas trip we went on for his birthday and how crazy and disorienting the lights and the city was but it was very very fun to be out of my element

DRS. Peter & Mary Kay Tadros

October 11, 2020

We remember Romy as a loving & kind gentleman, with a good sense of humour.He was always so accommodating & welcoming.
We treasure the memories of our numerous visits to San Diego.The long drives to L.A., Disney World, & even Phoenix & Sedona to mention a few.
Thank you Romy for making our vacations such "WOW" vacations.
Rest in peace & may God bless.
We will always love & remember you dear brother -in- law & true friend.
Love, Mary Kay & Peter.

Merielee 'Mez' Rey

October 10, 2020

Tito and I can “tsismis” for hours. Him and I always spoke in Tagalog. Our conversations start off with him asking, “Kumusta na mama mo?”, followed by, “Anong gusto mo?”. From there, we talked about everything. The only caveat: there is always food in between.

We loved travelling. He told me about places that were delikado, but he would never tell me not to go (perhaps because he believed that “Life is good”). Aside from his “Oh, boy!” expression, the other thing he said a lot is how masuerte he is. For him, the first of his “suertes” was getting into the navy. Proud of his work, he would share with me things to which he would later admit, “O, mga secreto ‘yon” which made me feel special.

We spoke about “yung sa atin” (i.e. life in the Phils) as if we spent the exact same years there. We have the same understanding about “hirap at saya”. Even those things that were sayang. For me, the biggest sayang was not being able to meet him and his family until I was older. But I would be forever grateful for that day since.

Through his suerte, he was always generous. My mother is forever in debt to him. And me: I’ve been spoilt!

The biggest suerte for him is meeting Tita. He would talk about when they first met, how hanga he is of her and how napaka-bait she is. Of his daughters, he would say, laughing, “Your cousins are dugong Ramiro”.

Watching his grandchildren grow up, Tito had told me that he was kumpleto.

Tito, you are suerte. But you created your own opportunities sa sariling sikap at tiyaga. I am very suerte, too. Because I got to know you and had the chance to be part of your family. You let me be me, understood me and accepted me like one of your own. Thank you so much for everything, Tito.

Olivia Desepida

October 10, 2020

I am tremendously saddened by the death of my brother “Kuya Romy” and I cannot believe that he is gone.

There are lots to remember about him and words are not enough to express them.

The Ramiro family – despite being far away from him – always felt his generosity, loving heart, thoughtfulness, patience, and so on.

Kuya Romy was always proud of the beautiful family that he had – and thank you Ate Rose, Rachel, Rhonda and Roxanne for giving him the blessings that he had cherished so much.

Brod, you have left us but you have given us many memories to share with each other. They are always worth remembering. You will always be in our hearts. As all of us grieve your passing, you and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

We love you “Kuya Romy” and “Tito”.

Mina Kotas

October 9, 2020



On Monday, September 28, 2020, Romeo “Romy” Ramiro, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away at age 82.

Romy was born on May 10, 1938 in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines. He studied agriculture at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, but set his sights on other opportunities abroad and served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. In February 1963, he married Rose Marie Lee. They raised three daughters: Rachel, Rhonda, and Roxanne. From 1963 to 1972, the Ramiros travelled extensively to different duty stations, including Newport News, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Honolulu, Hawaii. Eventually, Romy was permanently stationed in San Diego, California, and made his home in the town of Bonita.

Romy had a passion for automobiles, and kept a collection of Car & Driver magazine from the 1970s to present. He enjoyed action movies, particularly all the James Bond films. Romy loved foods of all types, but craved spicy food, especially Thai, and loved crab – Maryland crab cakes were his favorite. Also, no day was complete without a few cups of coffee – rich and black. He was known for his kindness and compassion, and would always offer coffee (first), and then other delectable items to eat, which he would prepare himself and make for you. Romy was extremely hospitable, and you would always feel at home at Casa Ramiro. He enjoyed outdoor walks with Rose Marie and listening to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and the Rat Pack.

Romy will be missed, but his legacy will live on through his loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Lee Ramiro; sisters Estela Slavenburg and Olivia Desepida; three daughters and sons-in-law: Rachel and Matt Burinda, Rhonda Ramiro and Paul Bolick, and Roxanne and Joe Ramiro-Shanahan; and five grandchildren: Amir, Aine, Kawayan, Colin and Sandino. We pledge to remember and honor Romeo Efondulan Ramiro, and will carry him in our hearts forever.

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