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Antonio Ramirez

Passed Away on February 9, 2021


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Antonio (Tony) Ramirez, 66, passed in his Queen Creek, AZ home on February 9, 2021 of complications related to COVID-19.
Born in Zapopan, Jalisco (MX) in 1954, Tony immigrated to the US with his family in 1959. He was raised in La Puente, CA, where he attended St. Joseph Elementary School and Bishop Amat High School. He studied engineering at Mount San Antonio College and Cal Poly Pomona. He raised his family in San Clemente, CA before retiring to his dream home in Queen Creek, AZ. He took great pride in both his Mexican heritage and US citizenship.
Tony was a man of many hats, both figuratively and literally. He was above all things committed to his family. No husband was ever more devoted to a spouse than he was to his wife of 42 years, Theresa. His raised two sons, Antonio and Thomas, in a home full of love, laughter and steadfast support. He treasured every moment that he spent as Abuelo to Orin, Adeline, Magdalynn, Lyla and Cora. He doted on his daughters-in-law, Angela and Kelly, to whom he never failed to offer his encouragement or assistance.
His commitment to those he loved was felt keenly by his larger family as well. As a brother, son, and uncle, he was quick to offer a hug, a joke and a drink. He was never shy about expressing his love and pride in others. A true confidante, he is survived by many who would regard him more as a brother than a friend.
Tony took great pride in his work as a skilled draftsman and exacting engineer, lending his knowledge and experience to all in his field. He passed his expertise in design, manufacturing and logistics on to many during a time of great technological change, and was respected widely and deeply. He was regarded similarly in several other mentorship roles, which included 20+ years of coaching football and baseball, as well as serving as a Confirmation sponsor and retreat participant for his Catholic parishes.
Tony possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of sports, late-20th century music, the history of the Americas, cars, and home repair. He was a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants, as well as a fervent supporter of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Green Bay Packers. He had no love for the Los Angeles Dodgers or USC Trojans. A master storyteller, he enjoyed few things more than regaling his friends with a tale—profoundly irreverent and improbably long—that brought everyday minutiae to vibrant, hilarious life. He did this most artfully while hosting celebrations at the home he so meticulously tended, around a warm fire with a glass of excellent tequila in hand.
His life was characterized by fierce loyalty, sacrifice, and unfailing generosity in time, talent and resource. All who knew and loved Tony will remember him as a truly honorable man.
A celebration of Tony’s life will be scheduled later in the year. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to share their thoughts, memories and stories here.

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  1. Dawn Zattau says:

    I didn’t get to see him very often, but whenever I was fortunate enough to be with him, he made me feel like I had never been gone. I adored his smile, his stories, and the love he had for his wife (my cousin), Theresa, along with their two sons and the entire Walsh clan. My heart is broken that I will never again hear his voice, see his smile, or feel the warmth of his love. Rest In Peace, sweet Tony. You will forever be in my heart. ❤️

  2. Ron Dempsey says:

    We will always cherish “taco Tuesdays” at Ricardo’s and sharing stories around the backyard fire ring late into the night. Rest In Peace, Amigo.

  3. Alex Pappas says:

    Tony was one of the warmest and most welcoming guys I have ever known. His son Thomas is one of my best friends and we played rugby together in college. I remember him going to our games at Cal Poly or down in Southern California and cheering us on and always looking forward to hanging out after the game for a beer and a funny story at dinner. It was so easy to talk to Tony because of his warm and generosity and because you knew he genuinely cared and wanted to learn more about you and lend a hand if he thought he could.

    I’ll never forget at Thomas and Kelly’s engagement party, he asked me if I wanted a drink. I said sure I’d take a bourbon if he had one. Tony responded, “Coming right up!” and proceeded to pour me a glass of tequila. We both laughed our asses off and raised a glass to Thomas and Kelly. That’s still the best glass of tequila I’ve ever had…not just because of the taste, but because of the company and the memory. Going to miss you, Tony. My thoughts are with Thomas and his family.

  4. Kathy Clark says:

    Uncle Tony was such a kind person. I always thought he was so quiet but, in the Walsh family, everyone seemed quiet next to the sisters and brothers! The last memory of Uncle Tony was at the 2019 Walsh family Christmas party at their San Clemente home. We ate and drank and celebrated. He made sure everyone had what they needed and would not sit down and relax until everyone was full and happy. We sat around the fire pit having the white elephant gift exchange, laughing at the commentary and just enjoying being with family. Uncle Tony spoke to Bobby and I after everyone was going inside and just said such kind things about every member of our family. He told us that family is the most important thing and if we ever needed him for anything, he’d be there. I will remember a kind, devoted human being that loved his wife, our Aunt Theresa, and raised some pretty awesome kids, Toño and Thomas, who are now raising beautiful families of their own. All our love to the Ramirez family in this time of sorrow, you are in our thoughts and prayers and just know that his memory is a blessing to all those lucky enough to have known him.

  5. Mark says:

    Compa,
    I’m going to miss our irreverent chats, our deep discussions and all the jokes you played on me. You are forever in my heart my dear friend. Godspeed and blessings to your family.
    I love you big guy.

  6. John Pearson says:

    Tony was a person I looked forward to seeing anytime I got the chance. He accepted you as you are and always made you feel at home. He seemed so happy to see me no matter the occasion, (except if I had anything on with the letters USC on them…sorry Tony) He was hilarious and had many great stories. His laughter is something I will always remember about him. When I was in high school Tony was someone I looked up to. The connection and the love I saw him have for his family are a constant reminder to me of how to be a father and a husband. He is greatly missed. All our love and sympathy to Theresa, Tono, and Thomas. And just for Tony: Go Irish, Beat SC.

  7. Vince Pappas says:

    I regret that I did not get the opportunity to know Tony as others in his life had, but knowing and admiring his son Robert, I got a glimpse of the man.
    “ Father’ is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch, a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend.” –Robert L. Backman

  8. Fr. Bruce says:

    This is tough because it’s so hard to comprehend that Tony has passed. I think of him not just as someone who did his best to live his faith, but as a loyal friend and a devoted family man with a generous heart as big as the outdoors he loved so much. I was looking forward to getting out to see Tony and Theresa as soon as it was possible when she called with terrible news. He had just texted me a few days earlier: “Que onda Cura. How’s we do a virtual happy hour sometime next week? Saludos!” We didn’t get a chance to make that happy hour, but saludos, brother. We’ll raise a glass (or two) in your honor.

  9. Linda Hopp says:

    Theresa Tono Thomas The Hopp family is saddened at the loss of your beloved Tony. Although you were going to be missed ~ We were so happy you both had moved to AZ to build your dream home. Knowing the awesome guy he was ~ we are sure he is in HIS hands and forever peaceful. Anything, just ask

  10. Kevin Ann Pearson says:

    Tony was always so happy to have family and friends over to celebrate with. His loving ways was always present with his sons and their football games or street parties . He will be greatly missed. My condolences to Theresa, Tonio and Thomas

  11. Noelle Walsh-Rubio says:

    Tony was the absolute kindest and sweetest man, I was lucky enough to call him Tio. He gave the best advice and I will treasure every moment we shared; from countless family Christmas’ to building cupcake towers together at my wedding. His generosity and ability to make a strong tasty drink were unparalleled. Rest In Peace Uncle 🙏🏻

  12. CINDY SANTOS-MENDOZA says:

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of Tony’s family. I have personally loss a dear and close family member to COVID and feel deeply for what you are going through.
    He was such a gentleman and a delight to work with.
    Our prayers are with your family in these moments of sorrow. 😔🖤🙏🏻

  13. David and Jan Todd says:

    I am sorry to be late in providing this tribute to Tony. His untimely death has made me numb, left a whole in my being. Mere words cannot express my feelings for Tony, he was a true loving, Christian and gifted man. Tony and I bonded as husbands inserted in the wild, loving and wacky Walsh family. He was a good and honorable man, words that don’t come lightly to me. We loved talking major league baseball, not only the present but when it was in its heyday. He loved his Gigantes, as I loved my Cards. We would have discussions about Marichal and Gibson, Bochy and LaRussa, Posey and Yadi. I truly treasure the time we went to a ballgame at Busch Stadium and ATT Park…wonderful times.
    He adored his wife Theresa and their boys, and their families. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. He would do anything for those he loved, and often did. He was quite the handyman doing any number of projects around the house. From constructing furniture, landscaping, odd jobs, there was nothing too complex for him to do. He and I spent a day, I mean the whole day, mixing concrete in the Southern California sun for the often mentioned fire pit…teaching us that having concrete delivered was much better than hand mixing it.
    We always look forward to the times we had with Tony and Theresa, whether the annual Walsh Family Christmas Party, or in Alabama or Illinois. And don’t forget our vacations together on a cruise ship, Sedona or in San Jose. And while we mourn, the true tragedy of it is that we will no longer be able to visit, talk, correspond. Particularly for his grandchildren, we should take great pains to ensure they understand his legacy, his greatness and his love for them.
    I could go on and on. He will surely be missed. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  14. Yvonne Dickerson says:

    My deepest sympathy to Theresa and her family. Tony was a very special man who loved his wife and family deeply. He was always so proud of his sons, daughter in-laws and his grandchildren.
    He is going to be sorely missed.

  15. Richard Blaney says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Tony. My condolences to Theresa and his family and friends. He was a wonderful man with a loving heart. I’m glad I had the opportunity to know him as a friend.

  16. Virginia Garro says:

    I remembered the few times Theresa and I met Tony during our lunch break at work, on how he always made us laugh. It was evident how much he loved you Theresa. We always joked statistically what are the chances of making it in a marriage when you are 18 years old, but in reality not many people find love like you guys did. He will live in you heart, and through your family forever. ❤️

  17. Randy Jordan says:

    Tony and I worked together for over twenty years. He knew every little detail of designing and building plastic ejection molds. When we got into manufacturing he was ready for this new challenge and ended up running the whole plant. He always wanted to share his deep knowledge, especially with young people just starting out. In Shanghai Tony became their teacher. In Mexico, everyone wanted to talk to “Don Tony”. So many Tony stories, so many memories. Love you and your wonderful family. Randy

  18. Steve Kirschbaum says:

    Tony was like a brother to my wife Cathy and a best friend to me. We “got” each other. And I enjoyed Tony’s company immensely. Tony taught me Spanish using words that may have questioned by virility. Cathy would explain to me that “Tony says you’re…” (Fill in the blank.) It was always in jest and Tony could as take it as well as dish it out. Cathy and I were fortunate to enjoy multiple trips with Tony and Theresa; to Big Sur camping with the family; on the Booze Cruise to Ensenada, Mexico; sharing Mardi Gras in New Orleans; and a two week RV tour in Alaska. We had fun. We were good company. Tony was a good man. He was family. My life is diminished by his passing.

  19. Paul says:

    Tony was always the first person to make you laugh, at anytime.
    I’ll never forget going to the beach with Tony, Buck and my son Jake (7-years old) and playing an intense whiffle ball game where Tony was the umpire.
    For what seemed like hours, Tony called every pitch and out with the greatest enthusiasm. Tony added life to everything and always made it more fun. Going to miss you Bruddah, RIP, we will never forget you.

    Paul

  20. Randall Jordan says:

    My first memory of Tony was on his 25th birthday. I was 9 and he walked in saying “I am a quarter of a century old”. I was captured by this guys personality. Now I am 50 and I am thinking about all the great times and all that I learned from him, personally and professionally. I got to spend over 10 years working side by side with him soaking up his technical knowledge, but also his work ethic. He was there for me in tough times too. When my dad was going through cancer he was there for support. I also, got some great advice about being a husband and a parent. Tony, thank you so much. I love you.

  21. David Hollings says:

    It was a pleasure working with Tony. Every morning he made a point to walk around the shop and say good morning to everyone individually. It wasn’t a blanket good morning everyone. It was fun to watch him connect the dots to all the different benches kind of like the old Family Circus cartoon. I had a lot of good talks with Tony both about work and different things that were going on in the world and our lives, but regardless of the topic of the day he always ended the conversation with vocalizing his appreciation for life and living and love for his family.

  22. Dennis & Rick says:

    I just can’t express how much I valued Tony & Theresa’s friendship. I have known Tony for over 30 years, first as a co-worker, then turned quickly into a lasting friendship.
    I will always have fond memories of our Annual Crab Fest in the desert at poolside. There is no one but Tony that can barbecue crab legs on the grill with such perfection. It was such an opportunity for Rick & I to invite our friends who would fight to get on the invite list for that year, as we did in September 2020. It didn’t take long for our friends to connect with Tony and become part of the “family.” Oh the fun times of laughter and great food which was enjoyed by us all.
    Tony I always admired you for your loyalty and your priority to your family they always came first.
    Tony you will be missed but always in my heart as a true friend who always accepted me as an equal and always supported me when I stepped into new challenges. You were there.
    Tony you are a Very Special Man and loved.
    Dennis & Rick

  23. Suzanne and Stan Angle says:

    I did not think I would/could ever be shocked, at my age,but this has just taken the wind completely out of our sails!. My heart is simply broken. Tony was such “The Man”…so full of laughter, love, cheer, teasingness (if there is such as word!). Oh! Even though we did not get out there so very often, we ALWAYS made sure we spent time with Theresa, Tony and the family. Stan and I are truly grieving with all of the family, but oh! as a Christian, how I am rejoicing with Tony. HALLELUJAH! He’s HOME1

  24. Silvia Mazzeo Pule says:

    The first time I met Tony was the day he volunteered to make several presentations to students about Engineering during our Career Fair at San Juan Elementary School. I was impressed by his sense of humor and his rapport with the students who marveled at his props and asked countless questions about his life and his chosen career. In later years, I was fortunate to get to know his witty conversations and animated stories along with Theresa at social gatherings. Tony leaves an amazing legacy of love, laughter, and wisdom.

  25. Debbie Walsh says:

    I don’t even know where to start with my memories of Tony. We were “outlaws” together in the Walsh clan meaning we accepted all of the great, fun experiences that being with that family offered!. Tony always greeted me with a big hug and smile that was truly genuine and welcoming, showing sincere interest in how I was doing and asking if there was anything I needed. I have so many fond memories of the times Bob and I spent with Tony and Theresa; Bubba loved these times as well and loved and respected Tony for being the husband, father and friend he was. My special memory is the trip we took to Murphys, waking up at 3:00 a.m. and driving all night, talking and solving all of the world’s problems all the way there. Tony was a man that embraced all of life, believed in family, ethics, God, and fun, making everyone he met feeling welcomed and special. I will miss him. I loved him.

  26. Shannon says:

    You loved me like a daughter……you loved my son as ur own…..Thank you for making us both feel loved! Thank you for ur love….thank u for u being u

  27. Monalisa Beserra (Ramirez) says:

    I have great memories of uncle Tony but one of my favorite memories is as child would meet him, aunt Theresa, the boys, a whole lot of friends and family at Doheney beach and stay all day til dark.

  28. Garrett Chamberlin says:

    My Dad and I had the pleasure of building Tony and Theresa’s home last year. They couldn’t have been any better to work with. We enjoyed the whole process with them. What I remember most is Tony always wanted to make sure Theresa was happy and taken care of. Every decision made had that at first priority. I’m very saddened by this news, but I’m glad I got to know Tony this last year.

  29. Richard R Meyers. Rollin/ Chuck Olewine says:

    You were so much more than a neighbor to us here in San Clemente. There has been a void since you left but we were all excited for you in your new venture.The memories left behind are filled with love,laughter and a fond appreciation for good Tequila! You were always there for any of us that needed help ,lending a hand to build fences or whatever the project may be. We had so many fun times together and your love and dedication to your family ALWAYS came thru as number 1 in your life.Know this my friend in heaven that we are here for the family you so loved.

  30. Fernando and Mary Gomez says:

    I always loved Tony’s contagious smile! I had the great pleasure of going to to Baja with my best friend Arturo Filippe who introduced me to Tony on a dirt bike trip for 4 unforgettable days. Our friendship grew as our families grew though we lived miles apart and were never able to see each other much. Family was always a priority with Tony and Theresa. Tony was a very caring person. When I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, Tony reached out to me to see how I was doing. Words cannot express the love and kindness that come from the heart. I am going to miss this wonderful man of God.

  31. Dawn Bonus says:

    Tony was always the doer, provider, and keeper of family and friends. We could always count on him for anything and he gave from his soul. His love for music was so intense and he would surprise me with custom collections of beautiful sounds. Just because. Jeff and I called it our “Tony Music”.
    When I was gravely ill, Tony and Theresa would visit me every day in the hospital (for close to two months) just to let me know they were not letting go of me. Tony would assure me that they would keep coming back every day until I came home. They gave me so much hope and prayer. Tony was a huge support to Jeff during our uncertain future. We’ll never forget that kindness and dedication….ever. Our lives were always intertwined over the years and how BLESSED we were to have Tony with us.
    Jeff and I were beyond shock and disbelief when we heard that Tony had passed but he will live in our hearts forever. God Bless you dear friend.

  32. Kathy Walsh says:

    I have put off writing this as it makes it too real. I have so many happy memories of Tony. He made every family event seem more joyous, more fun, definitely louder, and he was the best bartender ever! My love to Theresa, Tonio, Thomas, and their families. You are in my prayers.

  33. Ed & Jennie Carlier says:

    I met Don Antonio through work. Both being plastic injection mold designers was how we initially met. He then came to work with me, and being the open hearted person he was, we started to get to know each other outside of work.
    My wife and I loved spending time with Tony and Theresa, the dinners shared at each other’s homes, the camping trips together, it was always a great time. We would crack up with the banter between them as the nights would progress. We eventually would refer to it as the TNT show, and it was always so much fun.
    We never had the opportunity to meet Tony’s Sons and their families but always felt as though we knew each one of them because he always loved talking about them all. Tony would always share his love for his Sons, Daughter-in-laws and Grand kids. Always telling me how he wanted more grand kids. You could just see how he was a proud husband, father and grandfather, and it was quite obvious that his wife Theresa was the love of his life.
    Tony was a friend that we will never forget, our hearts are broken, and our love and prayers go out to Theresa and all of the family. Don Antonio is going to be so very missed.
    Love you man and rest in peace.

  34. Kathi Wootan says:

    When I think about time spent with Tony and Teresa, well it just makes me smile. Our children grew up together, and we became family.So many dinners shared, hours of side splitting laughter, and so many happy memories.
    Tony had a wicked sense of humor, a kind and sweet soul, and he was always there for me.
    He would listen, hugs were given without hesitation. I am heartbroken for Teresa and their wonderful sons. A good man was taken from this world , much too soon! Rest In Peace my friend. See you on the other side❣️❣️❣️

  35. Richard Moran says:

    It has been a week since we got the sad news on the passing of my best friend and brother Tony. Tony was truly a brother to me. We knew each other for over 50 years. Tony’s brother Gilbert and I were best friend in high school. Before Jeanne and I moved down to south Orange county, I ran into Tony and Theresa while I as attending UCI. We soon became best friend. Over the years, as our kids grew up, we have had many celebration and occasions. Tony and Theresa, at one point, invited us for a camping trip to Big Sur and our family grew with many more friends and loved ones. We enjoyed many trips to Big Sur and have many fond memories. Tony and Theresa have always been so hospitable and inviting. There have been many great meals, drink, and stories. And as you all know, there was always room for tequila. I will miss my brother but have many memories of our short time together. Every time that I sip a little tequila, I will always remember my brother as I am sure many of you as well.

  36. Christel K. Hall says:

    You were always a welcoming soul and smiling face when I was your next door neighbor, and whenever I returned to the old stomping grounds. I will always remember you as kind, funny and fun-loving. So glad your family has wonderful memories to focus on in the hard times ahead without you. Gone too soon!

  37. Tina & Frank says:

    Both Frank and I were so saddened to hear this news. We often talk about the many Sombreado cul-de-sac bon fires and all the the laughter. We will never forget Tony coming to our rescue to capture not one but two snakes in our back yard. He walked right up to them very casually with a 5-gallon bucked and scooped them right up and then relocated them in the hills. Our condolences to the entire Ramirez family..

  38. Eddie “E.J.” Montelongo says:

    I was sad to hear about the passing of my friend Tony Ramirez. We had a professional relationship of almost 20 years that evolved into a friendship. Although we were both always busy with whatever project we were smothered by, Tony would always ask take the time to ask me my family was doing, and he would always tell me to “say hi to your Dad.” My parents were both raised in La Puente so I was a homeboy by association.

    I regret that we never took the time to met for dinner after Mass as he so often invited us to do. Thanks for all your fine engineering advice and services, great stories, warmth, consideration, and friendship. A wonderful family man, he is a role model to all husbands and fathers. Tony, I will miss you.

  39. Christine and John Wilfong says:

    Theresa, Tonio, Thomas, We were stunned to hear this news. We offer our sincere condolences and we our keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sharing many neighborhood bonding moments are our memories. Checking out our new homes on those first days. Landscaping, especially roto-tilling, was an adventure that Tony always reminded us of. Dealing with plumbing, walls, pruning, all with Tony’s help and advice and most of all, his humor.
    We also had the privilege of watching Tonio and Thomas grow into the outstanding men they have become. This was a great source of pride for Tony, who always started our conversations with “How’s the family?” at which time he would, with great love and pride, let us know about his family. Know that his love for you was foremost and genuine.
    Our deepest sympathies are with you all. God bless you all.

  40. Scott Mayhew says:

    I miss seeing you walk in the mornings while I am loading up getting ready for work. I miss your positive way about you. I very much enjoyed getting to know you in this crazy past year. Thank you for being a friend. You are certainly going to be missed. Till we meet again. We shall have a cold one together!

  41. Scott Mayhew says:

    Theresa I am so dearly sorry for your loss. In the short time I got to know you guys. I know for certain you are both amazing people. Tony was a special person and will be greatly missed. ❤️

  42. Saundra Brill says:

    Uncle Tony was my favorite! I will miss him dearly. What a profound loss! I loved that he always greeted me with- “Hey beautiful!” He never went a visit without telling me how proud of me and my husband, Ryan, he was. I still picture him behind the bar at the San Clemente house serving drinks and jokes. Until we meet again, Uncle Tony!

  43. Courtney Dal Porto says:

    I can close my eyes and picture your dad, your husband, so perfectly. The way he hugged. His smile, his gestures. For some reason they are vividly in my head. And I’m not complaining. He was the best. And he made whomever he talked to feel that they were the best. Always so interested in whatever nonsense I was going on about. Always reminding my husband how lucky he is. His jokes, his sincerity, his thoughtfulness — all of it was a true joy. I am so very lucky to have had him in my/our life. And to see him with his other half, his hilariously funny and sweet wife. Gosh, their love is inspiring. And as a dad — you guys hit the jackpot, as you know. I’ll miss him. We all miss him so damn much. All my love. All my strength to you all. Xo

  44. Pearl Hunt says:

    My heart is broken, such a loving and good family man. My sympathy to all his family and friends. Aunt Pearl (Hunt)

  45. Totti says:

    Mr. R:
    It’s hard to put into written word the place that you occupied in my life, but here it goes. You were a friend, a confidante, a teacher, a role model and quite easily my best audience (you laughed at some of the dumbest stuff I did, but damn if it didn’t always make me feel special). The model you set as a husband, father and friend was truly an inspiration. I’m forever grateful for the countless belly laughs, serious conversations and everything in-between. You consistently cared for my family as if they were your own, from my parents down to my little boy. And above all, you showed me how life was meant to be shared…whether I was a dumb teenager, a brand new husband or a scared father…you’d put your arm around my shoulders, bring me in and always have the right thing to say.

    When people ask about my favorite memory, it’s actually pretty easy. It was a girls high school water polo game. We were behaving like two real idiots in the stands, acting out different referee mannerisms each time SM scored a goal. And we finally landed on the best one, which stayed with us and became a part of our relationship from there on out…holding both arms down at a 90 degree angle and pointing our fingers out straight, mirroring the flamboyance of an Aussie Rules Football ref, while in unison saying “mmmmmm goouuuuuuul.” It even become the way we greeted each other later in life. And when we meet again one day, you can be damn sure my fingers will be pointing straight at you and that dumb Australian accent will be loud as can be.

    Till we meet again.

  46. Debi & Bryan says:

    They say that friends are the family we choose and that dear friends know our hearts, our minds and choose us as their friends anyway. Whether watching our sons play at beloved Eagle football games, the countless backyard get togethers you hosted, traveling or just the many shared dinners, the memories will comfort us as we hope it does your family. The world was a better place when Tony was in it and we are better people for having known him.

    “Do not be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those that are friends.”

  47. David and Jeanne Roush says:

    So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. My wife Jeanne and I will always remember him with fondness and good memories. We were neighbors since 1986 and were sorry to see them leave the neighborhood. Our condolences to the Ramirez Family

  48. Saul Martinez says:

    Tony had such a big heart for his family, friends and community members. Every year he would come to our elementary school Career Fair to talk to our 4th and 5th grade students about his career and journey in achieving his dream. They were fascinated by his way of speaking and great sense of humor to keep them engaged. He had a way with words as does his loving wife Theresa. My heart goes out to his family, friends and everyone else whom he made an impact on.

  49. Víctor Chávez says:

    Tony was yet another “dad” for me in a in dad-by-committee childhood. Except he wasn’t just any dad. Anyone who got to experience him as Coach Ramirez knows the fire and passion he had for the game of baseball and wanting so badly to get us kids to play their best. Sometimes the passion got the best of him — and of me — where obscenities flew and were not misunderstood. However that was an experience core who we were, locked in a heated moment that in its challenge indicated something deeper: a caring for one another. And that’s what I knew about Coach Ramirez. He cared deeply about my well-being, which was apparent throughout my life in my exchanges with him that off the field were (thankfully) much more compassionate and rewarding; the energy behind those fiery comments turned eventually and frequently to absurd jokes, hearty laughter, reminders of “Theresa and I are always here for you”, and into a resonance of a man who cared so much for his family. He was my family too, and he let me know it so clearly. This is a big loss for so many of us. I’ll miss you Coach Ramirez. I’ll be toasting to you and my mom every time I lift a tequila to the sky.

  50. Jim & Linda Dal Porto says:

    We’re still in shock! Our deepest thoughts and prayers to Theresa, Antonio, Thomas and their families. What a terrible loss. Tony was such a great man. Always the life of the party and full of stories. He was such a loving, caring and thoughtful individual. He truly cared about everyone and was always interested in what was going on in your life. He would go out of his way to help others always. And what a gentleman – he would always compliment the ladies about how wonderful they looked. Amigo you will be missed so much!! Rest In Peace and God Bless.

  51. Buck and Mary Dobon says:

    One can only hope that their life has made an indelible mark on the lives of others. The postings here attest that Tony impacted hundreds of lives as a husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, friend, neighbor, coach, and mentor. Buck and I will remember his loyalty, compassion, dedication to family, and generosity of spirit. We have so many cherished memories of amazing times at Casa Ramirez – birthdays, Confirmations, graduations, baby showers, and of course, the infamous Halloween parties. Tony loved nothing more that to celebrate his family’s milestones. He was so incredibly proud of Theresa, Tono, and Thomas. He was there for our family as we raised our children – supporting us during Katie’s illness and rejoicing in her recovery, coaching David in sports and in life, and welcoming my parents as family. The memories of our camping days at Big Sur are so special – Tony making quesadillas down by the river, our Happy Hours, time by the campfire. He meant the world to all of us. Although his time with us was far too short, we will continue to hold him close in our hearts and honor him by carrying on his legacy. Well done, good and faithful servant. Godspeed.

  52. Roger says:

    On January 29 of this year I was sitting in the kitchen talking with Tony and Theresa as they were cooking up culinary treats to be frozen for future parties.
    Tony shared with me a walk that he had taken up a little mountain behind the house it was a 7 mile walk. He said when he got to the top of the mountain that he could see all the way to Tucson.
    Little did I know that just 12 days later he would be walking with Jesus climbing Mount Tabor to see the new Jerusalem.
    Pray for us dear Tony
    You are always in our hearts

  53. Frank and Claudia Infante says:

    Theresa, we are so very saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. We were very fortunate to get to know him. He was a wonderful warm person, great host and made the best margaritas for us. We know he loved his family tremendously and our hearts go out to you and the rest of your family. Praying for peace and comfort in all of your wonderful memories of him.

  54. Blake Wildt says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tony through my job as a mechanical engineer and always enjoyed any opportunity to interact with him. Tony always had time to go over work related issues with me as well as making a point to ask how my family was doing. Tony also never missed an opportunity to take a shot at my Los Angeles Dodgers when I stopped by. He loved to talk about his family, how much he loved his wife, children and grandchildren. Despite only knowing him a few years through work he kept in touch after retirement, often offering to host my family at his house if I was every in the area. Tony was a pleasure to know and I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of his passing. My condolences go out to all his family, friends and loved ones whom he cared so deeply about.

  55. Stephen & Bella says:

    My heart is broken. Tony and Theresa became our camping family. Every time we got together was an experience we will never forget. His witty jabs and conversations were awesome. We try to never say “goodbye” but rather “see ya”… There is a blessed hope awaiting all of us, Tony leapt into the arms of a Holy and Righteous God and awaits us.
    Theresa, we love you and are praying for peace to you and the family.
    See ya

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Antonio Ramirez

Passed Away on February 9, 2021


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Antonio (Tony) Ramirez, 66, passed in his Queen Creek, AZ home on February 9, 2021 of complications related to COVID-19.
Born in Zapopan, Jalisco (MX) in 1954, Tony immigrated to the US with his family in 1959. He was raised in La Puente, CA, where he attended St. Joseph Elementary School and Bishop Amat High School. He studied engineering at Mount San Antonio College and Cal Poly Pomona. He raised his family in San Clemente, CA before retiring to his dream home in Queen Creek, AZ. He took great pride in both his Mexican heritage and US citizenship.
Tony was a man of many hats, both figuratively and literally. He was above all things committed to his family. No husband was ever more devoted to a spouse than he was to his wife of 42 years, Theresa. His raised two sons, Antonio and Thomas, in a home full of love, laughter and steadfast support. He treasured every moment that he spent as Abuelo to Orin, Adeline, Magdalynn, Lyla and Cora. He doted on his daughters-in-law, Angela and Kelly, to whom he never failed to offer his encouragement or assistance.
His commitment to those he loved was felt keenly by his larger family as well. As a brother, son, and uncle, he was quick to offer a hug, a joke and a drink. He was never shy about expressing his love and pride in others. A true confidante, he is survived by many who would regard him more as a brother than a friend.
Tony took great pride in his work as a skilled draftsman and exacting engineer, lending his knowledge and experience to all in his field. He passed his expertise in design, manufacturing and logistics on to many during a time of great technological change, and was respected widely and deeply. He was regarded similarly in several other mentorship roles, which included 20+ years of coaching football and baseball, as well as serving as a Confirmation sponsor and retreat participant for his Catholic parishes.
Tony possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of sports, late-20th century music, the history of the Americas, cars, and home repair. He was a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants, as well as a fervent supporter of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Green Bay Packers. He had no love for the Los Angeles Dodgers or USC Trojans. A master storyteller, he enjoyed few things more than regaling his friends with a tale—profoundly irreverent and improbably long—that brought everyday minutiae to vibrant, hilarious life. He did this most artfully while hosting celebrations at the home he so meticulously tended, around a warm fire with a glass of excellent tequila in hand.
His life was characterized by fierce loyalty, sacrifice, and unfailing generosity in time, talent and resource. All who knew and loved Tony will remember him as a truly honorable man.
A celebration of Tony’s life will be scheduled later in the year. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to share their thoughts, memories and stories here.

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55 responses to “Antonio Ramirez”

  1. Dawn Zattau says:

    I didn’t get to see him very often, but whenever I was fortunate enough to be with him, he made me feel like I had never been gone. I adored his smile, his stories, and the love he had for his wife (my cousin), Theresa, along with their two sons and the entire Walsh clan. My heart is broken that I will never again hear his voice, see his smile, or feel the warmth of his love. Rest In Peace, sweet Tony. You will forever be in my heart. ❤️

  2. Ron Dempsey says:

    We will always cherish “taco Tuesdays” at Ricardo’s and sharing stories around the backyard fire ring late into the night. Rest In Peace, Amigo.

  3. Alex Pappas says:

    Tony was one of the warmest and most welcoming guys I have ever known. His son Thomas is one of my best friends and we played rugby together in college. I remember him going to our games at Cal Poly or down in Southern California and cheering us on and always looking forward to hanging out after the game for a beer and a funny story at dinner. It was so easy to talk to Tony because of his warm and generosity and because you knew he genuinely cared and wanted to learn more about you and lend a hand if he thought he could.

    I’ll never forget at Thomas and Kelly’s engagement party, he asked me if I wanted a drink. I said sure I’d take a bourbon if he had one. Tony responded, “Coming right up!” and proceeded to pour me a glass of tequila. We both laughed our asses off and raised a glass to Thomas and Kelly. That’s still the best glass of tequila I’ve ever had…not just because of the taste, but because of the company and the memory. Going to miss you, Tony. My thoughts are with Thomas and his family.

  4. Kathy Clark says:

    Uncle Tony was such a kind person. I always thought he was so quiet but, in the Walsh family, everyone seemed quiet next to the sisters and brothers! The last memory of Uncle Tony was at the 2019 Walsh family Christmas party at their San Clemente home. We ate and drank and celebrated. He made sure everyone had what they needed and would not sit down and relax until everyone was full and happy. We sat around the fire pit having the white elephant gift exchange, laughing at the commentary and just enjoying being with family. Uncle Tony spoke to Bobby and I after everyone was going inside and just said such kind things about every member of our family. He told us that family is the most important thing and if we ever needed him for anything, he’d be there. I will remember a kind, devoted human being that loved his wife, our Aunt Theresa, and raised some pretty awesome kids, Toño and Thomas, who are now raising beautiful families of their own. All our love to the Ramirez family in this time of sorrow, you are in our thoughts and prayers and just know that his memory is a blessing to all those lucky enough to have known him.

  5. Mark says:

    Compa,
    I’m going to miss our irreverent chats, our deep discussions and all the jokes you played on me. You are forever in my heart my dear friend. Godspeed and blessings to your family.
    I love you big guy.

  6. John Pearson says:

    Tony was a person I looked forward to seeing anytime I got the chance. He accepted you as you are and always made you feel at home. He seemed so happy to see me no matter the occasion, (except if I had anything on with the letters USC on them…sorry Tony) He was hilarious and had many great stories. His laughter is something I will always remember about him. When I was in high school Tony was someone I looked up to. The connection and the love I saw him have for his family are a constant reminder to me of how to be a father and a husband. He is greatly missed. All our love and sympathy to Theresa, Tono, and Thomas. And just for Tony: Go Irish, Beat SC.

  7. Vince Pappas says:

    I regret that I did not get the opportunity to know Tony as others in his life had, but knowing and admiring his son Robert, I got a glimpse of the man.
    “ Father’ is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch, a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend.” –Robert L. Backman

  8. Fr. Bruce says:

    This is tough because it’s so hard to comprehend that Tony has passed. I think of him not just as someone who did his best to live his faith, but as a loyal friend and a devoted family man with a generous heart as big as the outdoors he loved so much. I was looking forward to getting out to see Tony and Theresa as soon as it was possible when she called with terrible news. He had just texted me a few days earlier: “Que onda Cura. How’s we do a virtual happy hour sometime next week? Saludos!” We didn’t get a chance to make that happy hour, but saludos, brother. We’ll raise a glass (or two) in your honor.

  9. Linda Hopp says:

    Theresa Tono Thomas The Hopp family is saddened at the loss of your beloved Tony. Although you were going to be missed ~ We were so happy you both had moved to AZ to build your dream home. Knowing the awesome guy he was ~ we are sure he is in HIS hands and forever peaceful. Anything, just ask

  10. Kevin Ann Pearson says:

    Tony was always so happy to have family and friends over to celebrate with. His loving ways was always present with his sons and their football games or street parties . He will be greatly missed. My condolences to Theresa, Tonio and Thomas

  11. Noelle Walsh-Rubio says:

    Tony was the absolute kindest and sweetest man, I was lucky enough to call him Tio. He gave the best advice and I will treasure every moment we shared; from countless family Christmas’ to building cupcake towers together at my wedding. His generosity and ability to make a strong tasty drink were unparalleled. Rest In Peace Uncle 🙏🏻

  12. CINDY SANTOS-MENDOZA says:

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of Tony’s family. I have personally loss a dear and close family member to COVID and feel deeply for what you are going through.
    He was such a gentleman and a delight to work with.
    Our prayers are with your family in these moments of sorrow. 😔🖤🙏🏻

  13. David and Jan Todd says:

    I am sorry to be late in providing this tribute to Tony. His untimely death has made me numb, left a whole in my being. Mere words cannot express my feelings for Tony, he was a true loving, Christian and gifted man. Tony and I bonded as husbands inserted in the wild, loving and wacky Walsh family. He was a good and honorable man, words that don’t come lightly to me. We loved talking major league baseball, not only the present but when it was in its heyday. He loved his Gigantes, as I loved my Cards. We would have discussions about Marichal and Gibson, Bochy and LaRussa, Posey and Yadi. I truly treasure the time we went to a ballgame at Busch Stadium and ATT Park…wonderful times.
    He adored his wife Theresa and their boys, and their families. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. He would do anything for those he loved, and often did. He was quite the handyman doing any number of projects around the house. From constructing furniture, landscaping, odd jobs, there was nothing too complex for him to do. He and I spent a day, I mean the whole day, mixing concrete in the Southern California sun for the often mentioned fire pit…teaching us that having concrete delivered was much better than hand mixing it.
    We always look forward to the times we had with Tony and Theresa, whether the annual Walsh Family Christmas Party, or in Alabama or Illinois. And don’t forget our vacations together on a cruise ship, Sedona or in San Jose. And while we mourn, the true tragedy of it is that we will no longer be able to visit, talk, correspond. Particularly for his grandchildren, we should take great pains to ensure they understand his legacy, his greatness and his love for them.
    I could go on and on. He will surely be missed. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  14. Yvonne Dickerson says:

    My deepest sympathy to Theresa and her family. Tony was a very special man who loved his wife and family deeply. He was always so proud of his sons, daughter in-laws and his grandchildren.
    He is going to be sorely missed.

  15. Richard Blaney says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Tony. My condolences to Theresa and his family and friends. He was a wonderful man with a loving heart. I’m glad I had the opportunity to know him as a friend.

  16. Virginia Garro says:

    I remembered the few times Theresa and I met Tony during our lunch break at work, on how he always made us laugh. It was evident how much he loved you Theresa. We always joked statistically what are the chances of making it in a marriage when you are 18 years old, but in reality not many people find love like you guys did. He will live in you heart, and through your family forever. ❤️

  17. Randy Jordan says:

    Tony and I worked together for over twenty years. He knew every little detail of designing and building plastic ejection molds. When we got into manufacturing he was ready for this new challenge and ended up running the whole plant. He always wanted to share his deep knowledge, especially with young people just starting out. In Shanghai Tony became their teacher. In Mexico, everyone wanted to talk to “Don Tony”. So many Tony stories, so many memories. Love you and your wonderful family. Randy

  18. Steve Kirschbaum says:

    Tony was like a brother to my wife Cathy and a best friend to me. We “got” each other. And I enjoyed Tony’s company immensely. Tony taught me Spanish using words that may have questioned by virility. Cathy would explain to me that “Tony says you’re…” (Fill in the blank.) It was always in jest and Tony could as take it as well as dish it out. Cathy and I were fortunate to enjoy multiple trips with Tony and Theresa; to Big Sur camping with the family; on the Booze Cruise to Ensenada, Mexico; sharing Mardi Gras in New Orleans; and a two week RV tour in Alaska. We had fun. We were good company. Tony was a good man. He was family. My life is diminished by his passing.

  19. Paul says:

    Tony was always the first person to make you laugh, at anytime.
    I’ll never forget going to the beach with Tony, Buck and my son Jake (7-years old) and playing an intense whiffle ball game where Tony was the umpire.
    For what seemed like hours, Tony called every pitch and out with the greatest enthusiasm. Tony added life to everything and always made it more fun. Going to miss you Bruddah, RIP, we will never forget you.

    Paul

  20. Randall Jordan says:

    My first memory of Tony was on his 25th birthday. I was 9 and he walked in saying “I am a quarter of a century old”. I was captured by this guys personality. Now I am 50 and I am thinking about all the great times and all that I learned from him, personally and professionally. I got to spend over 10 years working side by side with him soaking up his technical knowledge, but also his work ethic. He was there for me in tough times too. When my dad was going through cancer he was there for support. I also, got some great advice about being a husband and a parent. Tony, thank you so much. I love you.

  21. David Hollings says:

    It was a pleasure working with Tony. Every morning he made a point to walk around the shop and say good morning to everyone individually. It wasn’t a blanket good morning everyone. It was fun to watch him connect the dots to all the different benches kind of like the old Family Circus cartoon. I had a lot of good talks with Tony both about work and different things that were going on in the world and our lives, but regardless of the topic of the day he always ended the conversation with vocalizing his appreciation for life and living and love for his family.

  22. Dennis & Rick says:

    I just can’t express how much I valued Tony & Theresa’s friendship. I have known Tony for over 30 years, first as a co-worker, then turned quickly into a lasting friendship.
    I will always have fond memories of our Annual Crab Fest in the desert at poolside. There is no one but Tony that can barbecue crab legs on the grill with such perfection. It was such an opportunity for Rick & I to invite our friends who would fight to get on the invite list for that year, as we did in September 2020. It didn’t take long for our friends to connect with Tony and become part of the “family.” Oh the fun times of laughter and great food which was enjoyed by us all.
    Tony I always admired you for your loyalty and your priority to your family they always came first.
    Tony you will be missed but always in my heart as a true friend who always accepted me as an equal and always supported me when I stepped into new challenges. You were there.
    Tony you are a Very Special Man and loved.
    Dennis & Rick

  23. Suzanne and Stan Angle says:

    I did not think I would/could ever be shocked, at my age,but this has just taken the wind completely out of our sails!. My heart is simply broken. Tony was such “The Man”…so full of laughter, love, cheer, teasingness (if there is such as word!). Oh! Even though we did not get out there so very often, we ALWAYS made sure we spent time with Theresa, Tony and the family. Stan and I are truly grieving with all of the family, but oh! as a Christian, how I am rejoicing with Tony. HALLELUJAH! He’s HOME1

  24. Silvia Mazzeo Pule says:

    The first time I met Tony was the day he volunteered to make several presentations to students about Engineering during our Career Fair at San Juan Elementary School. I was impressed by his sense of humor and his rapport with the students who marveled at his props and asked countless questions about his life and his chosen career. In later years, I was fortunate to get to know his witty conversations and animated stories along with Theresa at social gatherings. Tony leaves an amazing legacy of love, laughter, and wisdom.

  25. Debbie Walsh says:

    I don’t even know where to start with my memories of Tony. We were “outlaws” together in the Walsh clan meaning we accepted all of the great, fun experiences that being with that family offered!. Tony always greeted me with a big hug and smile that was truly genuine and welcoming, showing sincere interest in how I was doing and asking if there was anything I needed. I have so many fond memories of the times Bob and I spent with Tony and Theresa; Bubba loved these times as well and loved and respected Tony for being the husband, father and friend he was. My special memory is the trip we took to Murphys, waking up at 3:00 a.m. and driving all night, talking and solving all of the world’s problems all the way there. Tony was a man that embraced all of life, believed in family, ethics, God, and fun, making everyone he met feeling welcomed and special. I will miss him. I loved him.

  26. Shannon says:

    You loved me like a daughter……you loved my son as ur own…..Thank you for making us both feel loved! Thank you for ur love….thank u for u being u

  27. Monalisa Beserra (Ramirez) says:

    I have great memories of uncle Tony but one of my favorite memories is as child would meet him, aunt Theresa, the boys, a whole lot of friends and family at Doheney beach and stay all day til dark.

  28. Garrett Chamberlin says:

    My Dad and I had the pleasure of building Tony and Theresa’s home last year. They couldn’t have been any better to work with. We enjoyed the whole process with them. What I remember most is Tony always wanted to make sure Theresa was happy and taken care of. Every decision made had that at first priority. I’m very saddened by this news, but I’m glad I got to know Tony this last year.

  29. Richard R Meyers. Rollin/ Chuck Olewine says:

    You were so much more than a neighbor to us here in San Clemente. There has been a void since you left but we were all excited for you in your new venture.The memories left behind are filled with love,laughter and a fond appreciation for good Tequila! You were always there for any of us that needed help ,lending a hand to build fences or whatever the project may be. We had so many fun times together and your love and dedication to your family ALWAYS came thru as number 1 in your life.Know this my friend in heaven that we are here for the family you so loved.

  30. Fernando and Mary Gomez says:

    I always loved Tony’s contagious smile! I had the great pleasure of going to to Baja with my best friend Arturo Filippe who introduced me to Tony on a dirt bike trip for 4 unforgettable days. Our friendship grew as our families grew though we lived miles apart and were never able to see each other much. Family was always a priority with Tony and Theresa. Tony was a very caring person. When I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, Tony reached out to me to see how I was doing. Words cannot express the love and kindness that come from the heart. I am going to miss this wonderful man of God.

  31. Dawn Bonus says:

    Tony was always the doer, provider, and keeper of family and friends. We could always count on him for anything and he gave from his soul. His love for music was so intense and he would surprise me with custom collections of beautiful sounds. Just because. Jeff and I called it our “Tony Music”.
    When I was gravely ill, Tony and Theresa would visit me every day in the hospital (for close to two months) just to let me know they were not letting go of me. Tony would assure me that they would keep coming back every day until I came home. They gave me so much hope and prayer. Tony was a huge support to Jeff during our uncertain future. We’ll never forget that kindness and dedication….ever. Our lives were always intertwined over the years and how BLESSED we were to have Tony with us.
    Jeff and I were beyond shock and disbelief when we heard that Tony had passed but he will live in our hearts forever. God Bless you dear friend.

  32. Kathy Walsh says:

    I have put off writing this as it makes it too real. I have so many happy memories of Tony. He made every family event seem more joyous, more fun, definitely louder, and he was the best bartender ever! My love to Theresa, Tonio, Thomas, and their families. You are in my prayers.

  33. Ed & Jennie Carlier says:

    I met Don Antonio through work. Both being plastic injection mold designers was how we initially met. He then came to work with me, and being the open hearted person he was, we started to get to know each other outside of work.
    My wife and I loved spending time with Tony and Theresa, the dinners shared at each other’s homes, the camping trips together, it was always a great time. We would crack up with the banter between them as the nights would progress. We eventually would refer to it as the TNT show, and it was always so much fun.
    We never had the opportunity to meet Tony’s Sons and their families but always felt as though we knew each one of them because he always loved talking about them all. Tony would always share his love for his Sons, Daughter-in-laws and Grand kids. Always telling me how he wanted more grand kids. You could just see how he was a proud husband, father and grandfather, and it was quite obvious that his wife Theresa was the love of his life.
    Tony was a friend that we will never forget, our hearts are broken, and our love and prayers go out to Theresa and all of the family. Don Antonio is going to be so very missed.
    Love you man and rest in peace.

  34. Kathi Wootan says:

    When I think about time spent with Tony and Teresa, well it just makes me smile. Our children grew up together, and we became family.So many dinners shared, hours of side splitting laughter, and so many happy memories.
    Tony had a wicked sense of humor, a kind and sweet soul, and he was always there for me.
    He would listen, hugs were given without hesitation. I am heartbroken for Teresa and their wonderful sons. A good man was taken from this world , much too soon! Rest In Peace my friend. See you on the other side❣️❣️❣️

  35. Richard Moran says:

    It has been a week since we got the sad news on the passing of my best friend and brother Tony. Tony was truly a brother to me. We knew each other for over 50 years. Tony’s brother Gilbert and I were best friend in high school. Before Jeanne and I moved down to south Orange county, I ran into Tony and Theresa while I as attending UCI. We soon became best friend. Over the years, as our kids grew up, we have had many celebration and occasions. Tony and Theresa, at one point, invited us for a camping trip to Big Sur and our family grew with many more friends and loved ones. We enjoyed many trips to Big Sur and have many fond memories. Tony and Theresa have always been so hospitable and inviting. There have been many great meals, drink, and stories. And as you all know, there was always room for tequila. I will miss my brother but have many memories of our short time together. Every time that I sip a little tequila, I will always remember my brother as I am sure many of you as well.

  36. Christel K. Hall says:

    You were always a welcoming soul and smiling face when I was your next door neighbor, and whenever I returned to the old stomping grounds. I will always remember you as kind, funny and fun-loving. So glad your family has wonderful memories to focus on in the hard times ahead without you. Gone too soon!

  37. Tina & Frank says:

    Both Frank and I were so saddened to hear this news. We often talk about the many Sombreado cul-de-sac bon fires and all the the laughter. We will never forget Tony coming to our rescue to capture not one but two snakes in our back yard. He walked right up to them very casually with a 5-gallon bucked and scooped them right up and then relocated them in the hills. Our condolences to the entire Ramirez family..

  38. Eddie “E.J.” Montelongo says:

    I was sad to hear about the passing of my friend Tony Ramirez. We had a professional relationship of almost 20 years that evolved into a friendship. Although we were both always busy with whatever project we were smothered by, Tony would always ask take the time to ask me my family was doing, and he would always tell me to “say hi to your Dad.” My parents were both raised in La Puente so I was a homeboy by association.

    I regret that we never took the time to met for dinner after Mass as he so often invited us to do. Thanks for all your fine engineering advice and services, great stories, warmth, consideration, and friendship. A wonderful family man, he is a role model to all husbands and fathers. Tony, I will miss you.

  39. Christine and John Wilfong says:

    Theresa, Tonio, Thomas, We were stunned to hear this news. We offer our sincere condolences and we our keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sharing many neighborhood bonding moments are our memories. Checking out our new homes on those first days. Landscaping, especially roto-tilling, was an adventure that Tony always reminded us of. Dealing with plumbing, walls, pruning, all with Tony’s help and advice and most of all, his humor.
    We also had the privilege of watching Tonio and Thomas grow into the outstanding men they have become. This was a great source of pride for Tony, who always started our conversations with “How’s the family?” at which time he would, with great love and pride, let us know about his family. Know that his love for you was foremost and genuine.
    Our deepest sympathies are with you all. God bless you all.

  40. Scott Mayhew says:

    I miss seeing you walk in the mornings while I am loading up getting ready for work. I miss your positive way about you. I very much enjoyed getting to know you in this crazy past year. Thank you for being a friend. You are certainly going to be missed. Till we meet again. We shall have a cold one together!

  41. Scott Mayhew says:

    Theresa I am so dearly sorry for your loss. In the short time I got to know you guys. I know for certain you are both amazing people. Tony was a special person and will be greatly missed. ❤️

  42. Saundra Brill says:

    Uncle Tony was my favorite! I will miss him dearly. What a profound loss! I loved that he always greeted me with- “Hey beautiful!” He never went a visit without telling me how proud of me and my husband, Ryan, he was. I still picture him behind the bar at the San Clemente house serving drinks and jokes. Until we meet again, Uncle Tony!

  43. Courtney Dal Porto says:

    I can close my eyes and picture your dad, your husband, so perfectly. The way he hugged. His smile, his gestures. For some reason they are vividly in my head. And I’m not complaining. He was the best. And he made whomever he talked to feel that they were the best. Always so interested in whatever nonsense I was going on about. Always reminding my husband how lucky he is. His jokes, his sincerity, his thoughtfulness — all of it was a true joy. I am so very lucky to have had him in my/our life. And to see him with his other half, his hilariously funny and sweet wife. Gosh, their love is inspiring. And as a dad — you guys hit the jackpot, as you know. I’ll miss him. We all miss him so damn much. All my love. All my strength to you all. Xo

  44. Pearl Hunt says:

    My heart is broken, such a loving and good family man. My sympathy to all his family and friends. Aunt Pearl (Hunt)

  45. Totti says:

    Mr. R:
    It’s hard to put into written word the place that you occupied in my life, but here it goes. You were a friend, a confidante, a teacher, a role model and quite easily my best audience (you laughed at some of the dumbest stuff I did, but damn if it didn’t always make me feel special). The model you set as a husband, father and friend was truly an inspiration. I’m forever grateful for the countless belly laughs, serious conversations and everything in-between. You consistently cared for my family as if they were your own, from my parents down to my little boy. And above all, you showed me how life was meant to be shared…whether I was a dumb teenager, a brand new husband or a scared father…you’d put your arm around my shoulders, bring me in and always have the right thing to say.

    When people ask about my favorite memory, it’s actually pretty easy. It was a girls high school water polo game. We were behaving like two real idiots in the stands, acting out different referee mannerisms each time SM scored a goal. And we finally landed on the best one, which stayed with us and became a part of our relationship from there on out…holding both arms down at a 90 degree angle and pointing our fingers out straight, mirroring the flamboyance of an Aussie Rules Football ref, while in unison saying “mmmmmm goouuuuuuul.” It even become the way we greeted each other later in life. And when we meet again one day, you can be damn sure my fingers will be pointing straight at you and that dumb Australian accent will be loud as can be.

    Till we meet again.

  46. Debi & Bryan says:

    They say that friends are the family we choose and that dear friends know our hearts, our minds and choose us as their friends anyway. Whether watching our sons play at beloved Eagle football games, the countless backyard get togethers you hosted, traveling or just the many shared dinners, the memories will comfort us as we hope it does your family. The world was a better place when Tony was in it and we are better people for having known him.

    “Do not be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those that are friends.”

  47. David and Jeanne Roush says:

    So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. My wife Jeanne and I will always remember him with fondness and good memories. We were neighbors since 1986 and were sorry to see them leave the neighborhood. Our condolences to the Ramirez Family

  48. Saul Martinez says:

    Tony had such a big heart for his family, friends and community members. Every year he would come to our elementary school Career Fair to talk to our 4th and 5th grade students about his career and journey in achieving his dream. They were fascinated by his way of speaking and great sense of humor to keep them engaged. He had a way with words as does his loving wife Theresa. My heart goes out to his family, friends and everyone else whom he made an impact on.

  49. Víctor Chávez says:

    Tony was yet another “dad” for me in a in dad-by-committee childhood. Except he wasn’t just any dad. Anyone who got to experience him as Coach Ramirez knows the fire and passion he had for the game of baseball and wanting so badly to get us kids to play their best. Sometimes the passion got the best of him — and of me — where obscenities flew and were not misunderstood. However that was an experience core who we were, locked in a heated moment that in its challenge indicated something deeper: a caring for one another. And that’s what I knew about Coach Ramirez. He cared deeply about my well-being, which was apparent throughout my life in my exchanges with him that off the field were (thankfully) much more compassionate and rewarding; the energy behind those fiery comments turned eventually and frequently to absurd jokes, hearty laughter, reminders of “Theresa and I are always here for you”, and into a resonance of a man who cared so much for his family. He was my family too, and he let me know it so clearly. This is a big loss for so many of us. I’ll miss you Coach Ramirez. I’ll be toasting to you and my mom every time I lift a tequila to the sky.

  50. Jim & Linda Dal Porto says:

    We’re still in shock! Our deepest thoughts and prayers to Theresa, Antonio, Thomas and their families. What a terrible loss. Tony was such a great man. Always the life of the party and full of stories. He was such a loving, caring and thoughtful individual. He truly cared about everyone and was always interested in what was going on in your life. He would go out of his way to help others always. And what a gentleman – he would always compliment the ladies about how wonderful they looked. Amigo you will be missed so much!! Rest In Peace and God Bless.

  51. Buck and Mary Dobon says:

    One can only hope that their life has made an indelible mark on the lives of others. The postings here attest that Tony impacted hundreds of lives as a husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, friend, neighbor, coach, and mentor. Buck and I will remember his loyalty, compassion, dedication to family, and generosity of spirit. We have so many cherished memories of amazing times at Casa Ramirez – birthdays, Confirmations, graduations, baby showers, and of course, the infamous Halloween parties. Tony loved nothing more that to celebrate his family’s milestones. He was so incredibly proud of Theresa, Tono, and Thomas. He was there for our family as we raised our children – supporting us during Katie’s illness and rejoicing in her recovery, coaching David in sports and in life, and welcoming my parents as family. The memories of our camping days at Big Sur are so special – Tony making quesadillas down by the river, our Happy Hours, time by the campfire. He meant the world to all of us. Although his time with us was far too short, we will continue to hold him close in our hearts and honor him by carrying on his legacy. Well done, good and faithful servant. Godspeed.

  52. Roger says:

    On January 29 of this year I was sitting in the kitchen talking with Tony and Theresa as they were cooking up culinary treats to be frozen for future parties.
    Tony shared with me a walk that he had taken up a little mountain behind the house it was a 7 mile walk. He said when he got to the top of the mountain that he could see all the way to Tucson.
    Little did I know that just 12 days later he would be walking with Jesus climbing Mount Tabor to see the new Jerusalem.
    Pray for us dear Tony
    You are always in our hearts

  53. Frank and Claudia Infante says:

    Theresa, we are so very saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. We were very fortunate to get to know him. He was a wonderful warm person, great host and made the best margaritas for us. We know he loved his family tremendously and our hearts go out to you and the rest of your family. Praying for peace and comfort in all of your wonderful memories of him.

  54. Blake Wildt says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tony through my job as a mechanical engineer and always enjoyed any opportunity to interact with him. Tony always had time to go over work related issues with me as well as making a point to ask how my family was doing. Tony also never missed an opportunity to take a shot at my Los Angeles Dodgers when I stopped by. He loved to talk about his family, how much he loved his wife, children and grandchildren. Despite only knowing him a few years through work he kept in touch after retirement, often offering to host my family at his house if I was every in the area. Tony was a pleasure to know and I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of his passing. My condolences go out to all his family, friends and loved ones whom he cared so deeply about.

  55. Stephen & Bella says:

    My heart is broken. Tony and Theresa became our camping family. Every time we got together was an experience we will never forget. His witty jabs and conversations were awesome. We try to never say “goodbye” but rather “see ya”… There is a blessed hope awaiting all of us, Tony leapt into the arms of a Holy and Righteous God and awaits us.
    Theresa, we love you and are praying for peace to you and the family.
    See ya

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