OBITUARY

Romulo "Rome" Arceo Ramos Jr.

April 14, 1941September 11, 2021
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Forever In Our Hearts

Rome was born in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines, on April 14, 1941, to Maria Luz “Nena” Arceo and Dr. Romulo “Muling” V. Ramos. He was the 4th child of nine children, his sisters Joan & Larry Tronco-deceased, Cecille Cuaycong (deceased) Rene, Ludy Afable (Bing-deceased), Dolly Gatuslao (Louie), his brother Dale (deceased) Carol, Rose Grupe (Frank), Mary Ann Davis (Dan Davis), Marilu & Frankie-deceased.

Rome went to Colegio San Agustin in Bacolod, in elementary school, attended Don Bosco for a time in high school, before transferring and graduating from the Ateneo de Manila in 1957. He went to Adamson University for College and graduated with a Management Industrial Engineering Degree in 1963. Rome married Cynthia Mercado, on December 29, 1966. They had four sons -- Chris, Paul, Mario, and Jose. They lived in Digos, Davao del Sur, and then later in Bel-Air Makati. They decided to migrate to Seattle, Washington in 1984 where they have lived ever since.

Rome worked in Davao for Santa Clara Lumber and worked for a while at their family-owned Rural Electrification Corp, and DXML Radio & Broadcasting Station in Digos, Davao del Sur, Philippines, before he became the Executive Vice-President. He was a member of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters sa Pilipinas, and interviewed such notables, as President Ferdinand Marcos, and American Aviator Charles Lindbergh, who was concerned about the preservation of the Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle, the Tamarao, and the endangered aboriginal tribes of Mindoro. He also worked for the Ayala Corp Sales, before coming to the US. He then worked as a phlebotomist for NW Hospital Lab, as well as for Minor and James Lab. He was also a youth counselor, at Inroads, and helped College Students with their Internships. He devoted his work time as a Parish Counselor, at the Archdiocese of Seattle, Associated Catholic Cemeteries.

Rome was a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus for the St. Matthew Council which he helped found. Later he served as District Deputy for the K of C of State WA Council, covering 5 parish councils: St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. John, St. Luke & Christ the King, for 8 years. His last assignment was Director of the Blessed Father Michael J McGivney Guild. He was an active church member of St. Matthew, and St. Mark and often served as Lector for both parishes. He enjoyed working with people and was very generous of his time. He was always volunteering in extraordinary ways to help others in need. Rome was the first President of the Ateneo Alumni Association of Washington, for eight years. He was also an active member of the Filipino Community of Washington, and volunteered, at IDIC, a senior Filipino and Family Service. He was a reading Volunteer at St. Mark Parish School, where his grandkids, Robby and Athena attended. He was fond of reading to kids from K-3 and was also a writer, photographer, and copy editor for the Filipino American Herald.

Rome was preceded in death by his parents, Lolo Muling and Lola Nena, sisters Joan, Cecille, Marilu, & his brother Dale. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Cynthia, son Chris with Fleda, his grandkids, Robby, and Athena. Son Mario with wife Marissa, his granddaughters Victoria and Cassandra, and his sons Paul and Jose. Sister Joan and Larry’s kids, Joyce & Lloyd, Cecille’s husband Rene & family, Karen, Joanne, & Stephen, Ludy & Bing’s family, Nancy, Arlene, & Paul, Dolly & Louie’s family, Glen, Gary, & GJ, Rose & Frank’s family, Frank J, Mary Ann & Dan’s family, Benj & Barb, Marilu & Frankie’s family, Kits, Cholo, Niko & Kay, Dale’s kids, BJ, Barbie Joan, Paul, Kenny & Marvin. Numerous grandkids, cousins, friends, classmates, and colleagues.

There is no doubt that Rome touched many lives. He was important to everyone, and his legacy will live on – in the good he did for his community, in the lives of everyone who knew him. So, we hope you will all be able to join us today, and every day, in celebrating the man that we all knew and loved. Romans14:8

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

Services

  • Visitation/Rosary

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 23, 2021

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Stephen Cuaycong

September 25, 2021

Condolences and love to the family. Beautiful remembrance to Tito Rome for his love to the family and God. Wish we could all be there. Beautiful pictures of the grandchildren and life well lived. We will miss your wisdom and your presence in our lives.

Love,
Stephen, Imee, Mikaela, Lauren Cuaycong.

Anna Duffy

September 22, 2021

Rome was one of the nicest, caring and loving people I have ever know. He was always there to help anyone. His compassion for people was just in his heart. I remember him even helping at mass at the Carmelite Monastery . When my mother passed away he was there with kind words, prayers and loving, touching kindness.
Both my Husband and I will truly miss Rome... I thank god that he was part of my life. He seemed to make your day, your life better.

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