OBITUARY

Philip Gregory Ramer

January 29, 1950January 5, 2021

Philip Gregory Ramer, 70, of Tallahassee, FL, retired Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) special agent and law enforcement instructor with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) passed away unexpectedly on January 05, 2021.

Phil was born to Maxwell (d. 2017) and Faye Ramer of Panama City, FL, where he was born and raised. He graduated from Rutherford High School (Class of ‘68) and received his degree in criminal justice from Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, FL. He would go on to graduate from the FBI National Academy, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Senior Leadership Program, and Rollins College with a Master of Science in Criminology. While at FSU, he met and fell in love with his wife, Dee Gaiero. They were married in 1975 and had two sons, Greg and Jeff Ramer. Phil served more than 30 years of his law enforcement career with FDLE predominantly as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Tampa Bay Region covering 18 counties in Southwest Florida and retired from FDLE in 2004 as the SAC of Statewide Intelligence. Shortly after retiring, Phil began working for IIR up until his death.

Phil was loved by law enforcement statewide and always had their interests first and foremost. He was a true professional and did tremendous work especially in the intelligence arena to improve policing in Florida. He will be remembered for his many advancements in intelligence systems statewide and nationally. Phil had a national reputation as an innovator in criminal intelligence, based upon his work at both IIR and also while at FDLE in the Office of Statewide Intelligence.

He was highly respected in the law enforcement community, working with the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Intelligence Working Group, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), the Criminal Intelligence for the Chief Executive Program, the Intelligence Commanders Training Program, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program, the National Terrorism Evaluation and Reporting (NTER) program, and the National Criminal Intelligence Resource Center. Phil traveled the country for IIR and earned a reputation as a superior instructor who combined knowledge and practical experience in his training.

In addition to his many accomplishments in law enforcement, Phil was a son, brother, husband, father, and doting grandfather whose five grandchildren could bring an instant smile to his face. He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling to unique locations in an effort to experience historical places around the South; oftentimes taking “the scenic route” to get to said locations! As a result of his many travels with IIR, Phil was proud of the fact that he was able to visit every state in the United States, often visiting a major league baseball game when he could.

Phil is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dee Ramer, of Tallahassee, FL; their two sons, Greg Ramer (Julie), Jeff Ramer (Tisha); five grandchildren Carson, Kegan, Tucker, Callie, and Savannah, all of Tampa, FL; two brothers, Clay Ramer (Martha), of Charlotte, NC and David Ramer, of Panama City, FL; and his mother, Faye Ramer, of Panama City, FL.

In response to Covid-19, Phil’s immediate family will hold an intimate time of celebration together. The family has requested any memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

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Ellen Lowe

January 15, 2021

Phil was our playful cousin.

Whenever we saw him on TV, we wanted to shout, “This serious, highly-skilled, and responsible professional is an imposter! He’s actually Phil the Florida Man, who loves stock car racing and once wrecked a car while racing it backwards!”

The name Philip means “lover of horses” and he was definitely a lover of horsepower.

Maybe it’s not so surprising he became a cop, since stepping out of line with him as kids was likely to get us “arrested” and there was never anything he didn’t want to investigate.

Going to the Jr. Food Store to get a Coke with Phil might just involve checking out every car in every lot from Panama City to the Florida-Alabama line. At Thanksgiving, when we would go out on our grandparents’ farm gathering pecans to be made into pies, Phil would lead us on long journeys down ancient footpaths past abandoned farmhouses and forgotten springs. He knew every fishing hole from there to Apalachicola, and was fascinated equally by the histories of ancient Rome and Sweet Gum Head, Florida.

Phil the International Man of Mystery, scourge of bad guys everywhere, popping up in the world’s trouble spots from Des Moines to Colombia and Kalamazoo to Prague, leaving devastation to his foes wherever he went, always seemed strange to us because we remembered the Phil who couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. Waking him was like waking a hibernating bear, so we were actually kind of surprised he managed to hold a steady job.

Phil was a regular at family reunions and was always there for the hardest times. None of us ever imagined that anything could ever catch up with Phil, or that all the people who love him would ever have to go on without him.

Rest in peace, cousin.

Bonnie and Stann Givens

January 15, 2021

Dear Dee,
We were so sad to hear of Phil’s passing. Our memories from the early days of kid’s birthday parties and friends gatherings are still fresh in our memories. Phil was always so kind and caring, gentle and soft spoken. He leaves big shoes to fill in the investigative profession for sure. We know you are heartbroken now and we pray that you and the family feel surrounded by those that knew and loved Phil. Peace to you.

Mariana Powell

January 14, 2021

Phil's gentle presence and just being there for us at all times through the years had engraved our hearts with gratitude. Grateful to have met him, blessed to've been around him, and have truly enjoyed his company. He felt like another Dad and a grandparent to us. We and the kids will greatly miss him.

Bruce Fairburn

January 14, 2021

Dee and family,
I am very saddened to learn of Phil's passing. I have been reading all the wonderful sentiments friends have stated and I can only echo those sincere remarks and memories. I had the pleasure of working at FDLE and enjoyed knowing Phil during those years. I had the benefit of learning from him as I sat in some training classes he provided. He was a good man, a good father, a good agent and leader and will be missed by all. I extend my sincere condolences.
Bruce Fairburn

Charles Griffith

January 14, 2021

Dee and Family,
I just found out about Phil. I am so sorry for your loss. Phil and I had a lot of good memories together while working in Tampa. We were both young and learned together. I considered Phil a Great Friend. When I transferred to Pensacola and he went to Tallahassee we still remained in contact. I knew Phil had a good mind for law enforcement and I respected his opinion very much. He will be missed in the law enforcement community and by you and family. My heart is very sorry for you and your family. May God be with you during this time

Charles Griffith

Claudia Law

January 14, 2021

To Phil’s family

I’m so very sorry for your loss of such a good man 💔. I worked for Phil in Tampa many years ago . Most of us in law enforcement have a special time in our careers that we can look back on and always remember with a smile for the time when things just clicked. Phil is huge part of that for me.

His humor was unsurpassed even when he was in boss mode and was “suggesting “ I try a different approach to a problem. He truly cared about not just the agents but the support personnel as people and not just employees.

Thank you for sharing Phil with the law enforcement community. I know that can be difficult for a family. I am forever grateful to Phil.

Kenneth Tucker

January 14, 2021

Phil was one in a million. A lot has been said about his accomplishments spanning across many years in law enforcement and few can match his innovative and determined approach to getting things done. He said what was on his mind and stuck to his guns on implementing innovative approaches on getting things done. You could disagree with him, but you better you better be ready to back up your position, because he always had the facts to defend his! He was a cops cop and always stood up for those in the trenches to see that they had the tools to get the job done..

He was also a great friend that could always offer solid advice and was always there when you needed his help. I have reflected back on my memories with Phil over the last week and had several good chuckles. I have also been very sad knowing that I will never have the chance to see and talk to him again. He will be severely missed by all that knew him and the family that he loved dearly. Though he is gone, he will never be forgotten. I could go on and on with war stories about him and those are what will always keep him alive in my heart. Rest In Peace my dear friend and I pray for your family and friends as they grieve the loss of a truly great and honorable man. I will miss you Buddy!

Becky Panebianco

January 13, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to Dee and the rest of Phil's family. I had the privilege and honor to work with, and for Phil and will miss him so much. He meant so much to everyone at FDLE and IIR and has touched the lives of many in law enforcement. I will never forget him or the impact he had on me and my career. Thanks for the memories...Becky Panebianco

Manny Pondakos

January 13, 2021

Dear Dee and Family:
I am very saddened by your loss. Phil was not only a friend but also a mentor. He saw the humanity in all of us. When we faltered, he corrected and when we had difficulty finding our way, he encouraged. He made a difference in my life that I will cherish and remember for the rest of mine.

May his memory be eternal.

Manny Pondakos

Everett rice

January 11, 2021

I worked with Phil more then 4 decades ago. That was before he was promoted to Agent in Charge of Tampa FDLE and before I was elected sheriff in Pinellas county.
Phil was a man of high character and a very good cop. I didn't see him much over the ensuing years but thought of him often. He was the kind of good person you don't forget.
I am very sorry to hear of his passing and my sympathies go out to his family.

FROM THE FAMILY