Ramsay O. Mead

August 26, 1947October 19, 2018

Ramsay Oliver Mead of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018, at the age of 71. Ramsay was born on August 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to James Edwin Mead, Jr. and Julia Ramsay Mead. Growing up in Jacksonville and graduating from Robert E. Lee High School, he went on to attend Florida State University, where he earned his Bachelor's and two Masters. After receiving his degree, he became an English teacher at Robert E. Lee High School until he retired. In addition to teaching at Lee, Ramsay served for many years as the coach of the school's highly regarded Brain Brawl academic team. Aside from his long teaching career, he was an accomplished writer who contributed to various education journals.

Ramsay was a devoted member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where he served as an usher. His understanding of the Gospel was marked by the way that he lived out his faith not in word, but in deed, and he dedicated his life to serving his family and maintaining solid friendships over the years. Ramsay, as his friends might say, was decidedly "old school" in a world where the traditional virtues are more and more undervalued. In his retirement, he took on the task of caring for his mother, Julia, and, later, for his older brother, James, always putting the needs of others ahead of his own.

In addition to being a keen student of history, literature, and politics, Ramsay had a love for baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers, as he followed the ups and downs of the game over the years. Like George Will, with whom he would for the most part disagree, his appreciation for America's Pastime ran deep, and his affection for the game was illuminated with his abiding love of the country that gave it birth.

In his family life, he enjoyed being a “funcle” (fun uncle) to his nephew and niece, and he took great pleasure in their accomplishments. For his friends, he was always a source of constructive engagement, ironic observation and when needed, sound advice. He will be remembered by his many students as someone who was always ready to share his love of learning. His kind and generous spirit will be forever cherished by his brother, Thomas (Cindy); his nephew, Christopher (Gretchen and his grand-nephews, Tommy and Samuel); his niece Jennifer (Dolan); and those who were closest to him.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, 32210. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Chapel.



  • Visitation Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ramsay O. Mead

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Leigh Lynn

October 31, 2018

Ramsay was a true renaissance man. He was so many things to so many people. He had a very loving heart and an incredible mind. His absence will truly leave a hole in many, many lives. He will be cherished, loved, and remembered for eternity.

To die, to sleep—
No more—and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished! To die, to sleep.
To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.

Connie Lahey

October 30, 2018

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”

Andrew Nunn

October 24, 2018

A great man who always told me to look at things both ways and dont be one sided. Very happy I knew him. Andrew nunn

Megan Allen

October 23, 2018

Mr. Mead was a great teacher and Brain Brawl coach. He worked late in the afternoon to bring our Brain Brawl team to Victory in 2004. I also had the privelege of assisting him voluntarily while gaining valuable field experience in 2005 for my college Education course. Thank you Mr. Mead for your love and service as a teacher. May you rest in peace.

Tara Raines

October 23, 2018

Mr. Mead taught me so much about literature, history, arts and culture. My favorite memories are him fast forwarding through the love scenes when we watched Romeo and Juliet and when he would say "Tara Raines go stand outside the door." I am so grateful to have had him as a Brain Brawl coach and English teacher.

Patricia MacNulty Darley

October 22, 2018

He kept asking why I bothered with band when I would do so much better on the Brain Brawl team. He is drinking meade and doing a jig with Shakespeare, smirking that we are still shuffling on this mortal coil, wishing that we'd paid better attention to his class.

April Crowder-Bush

October 22, 2018

He was a great man and mentor. I remember having a talk with him and he had more confidence in me than I had in myself. I was nominated that same year to be an exchange student, for a summer in Australia, and I was young and dumb and didnt do it. Come to find out Mr. Mead had nominated me for that.
Rest in peace Mr Mead.....