March 8, 1917 – November 8, 2013
William Ramirez, 96, of Orlando, Florida passed away November 8, 2013. He was born on March 8, 1917 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico to the late Juan and Maria Ramirez. William was a veteran of the United States Army. During his time of service to his country, William was awarded a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, an American Service Medal, and 2 Purple Hearts. William had various careers following his time in the service, a majority of which was spent with the United States Postal Service. He was one of 21 children and will be missed deeply by his loving family and all those who knew him.
William was preceded in his passing by his wife, Flora and by 15 of his siblings.
He is survived by his daughters, Lee Ramirez of Orlando, FL and Vivian Valle of Atlanta, Georgia; 5 siblings; 3 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, November 12 at Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home.
Funeral Service will be at 10:00am on Wednesday, November 13 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, followed by interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the care of WOODLAWN MEMORIAL PARK & FUNERAL HOME, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, Florida 34734, (407) 293-1361, www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com.
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- Visitation Tuesday, November 12, 2013
- Funeral Service Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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November 24, 2013
Pop, it's been a long journey for you. It was a road from bravery in WWII to colon cancer to pelvis repair and hip replacement to consistent pain from age-onset arthritis. It wasn't an easy life for you, but God always watched over you and brought you to the end of your journey, to enjoy your everlasting destination. After many years of being your caregiver, and Mom's, we had many loud
"discussions." Still and all, I miss those times. The house seems empty without your LARGE personality and my BIG mouth, but I know that you're in a much better place and in much bigger hands. I learned one thing about life and death and that is that when we depart this world we take a little bit of our loved ones with us and we leave a little bit of ourselves behind. I held your hand before you died and that is a touch that only we will ever know. Rest in Peace, Pop.
Your loving daughter,
November 14, 2013
Mr. William "Willie" Ramirez was my father-in-law for many years. He loved being outdoors so much so he named his shed "The WR Ranch". United States veteran who took a great deal of interest in political matters. One always knew where you stood with Willie he was not shy when it came to his views or his feelings. He raised two beautiful daughters, loved salami, bread, sardines and a good ole fashion cookout. Willie thank you for your service to our Country and being a real Patriot.
November 14, 2013
William may you Rest in Peace ~~ Today we all gathered in your name to honor you with much love and finalize our sentimental farewell to you. As we shared memories of your life and laughed at the good times we had with you I think everyone felt your spirit. You are home now with many that left us too soon ~~ It was an Honor to know you, You will me missed ~~~
November 13, 2013
I feel proud and honored to have known my Uncle William. I still remember looking forward as a kid to getting a free yohoo or popsicle from him at the bodega on Intervale Ave. and the special nickname he had for me back then. I still get chills remembering the story he told me on how he was wounded in WW II and showing me his scar. Later in life I fondly remember looking forward to watching Saturday or Sunday afternoon baseball games with him on TV when I would visit Tia Vivian and him in Orlando. Many warm memories. Dear old warrior you've had a great, long life and raised an amazing family and now you can rest in eternal peace. We will miss you.
November 12, 2013
Tio, as I called him, was also my Godfather. I can say that I enjoyed my visits through the years, growing up. He would always tease my aunt, Vivian, and make funny jokes. When my son was born, he was very nice and joked around with him. I remember how much pride he took in his garden and backyard area. He really enjoyed it. I am truly taken back to have read his obituary and see all of the honors and decorated with medals. He was so humble that he never talked about that. Wow!!! I am very proud to be his niece and his goddaughter. Love you, Tio. RIP and may God bless you. God bless Vickie and Lee and the family through this difficult time. Love you all. Sandra, Manuela, and Angel.
November 12, 2013
William, I honestly don't know what to say: 4 medals AND, not 1, but 2 Purple Hearts!! That is really something!! And I wonder now why I never even heard about that till now. It would've been my greatest honor to shake your hand for serving our nation with such dedication. Now, I am so sorry I was not able to do that. You and your family were the greatest next-door neighbors and friends anyone could ever want, and your service to my family at the bodega couldn't have been any better. You were really an amazing man: a great soldier, a great neighbor and a great friend. I hope your family finds peace knowing we will never forget you. God bless you always...
Edwin (hijo de Daniel y Juanita Carrasquillo)
November 12, 2013
Words can't describe the amount of respect this man deserves for his time served in the military, a lot of things have come to light that I never knew up until a few days ago.
He was a true soldier and it was an honor to know him and an honor to call him a grandfather. I have the up most respect and admiration for him and the things he's done in his life, it's a lot more than I can say for most people.
Most families aren't perfect and will go through tough times, But one thing is for sure, you will have to remember the accomplishments in their lives, and respect what they've done and the mark they've made in the world.
William Ramirez's accomplishments and the marks he's made in this world will never be forgot and will always be honored in my eyes.
" Anyone can give, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength "
- Marcus Aurelius
Rest in Peace
November 11, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Wow, just reading this obituary amazed me even more about my uncle/God father William (Willy). I never knew this of him, all his metal that he earned in the military. An Amazing Man indeed. Uncle Willy has always been good to us since we were babies. I remember stories being told of his generosity when he had his store in the Bronx.
Uncle Willy always treated me with lots of love. Something about him always made me feel special when I was around him. Full of Love when I entered the room. He would make me laugh and he would shower me with hugs.
When I was raising my son as a single mother, he would always tell me, if ever I needed anything come to him. He was a giving man and full of generosity. Always showed how much he loved me.
Uncle Willy, I love you and will always treasure the wonderful memories that I have of you. I Thank The Lord for you and for the PEACE you will have now, while surrounded by Angels. Till we meet again. May you rest in eternal peace... Love your niece and God daughter, Wanda....
November 11, 2013
I will always have wonderful memories of my precious Uncle Willi. .he always made me laugh, made me feel loved and always had funny stories about my Aunt Vivian. ..he was always up to something fun is his special" shed"....I believe he was the first man to have built his very own" man cave"! His pet turkey was hilarious and his joy for life was amazing. He will be missed. ..but only for a while. ..I know I will see him again one day in heaven! I love you Uncle William!