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In Memory of

Ernesto G. RAMOS

March 10, 1941 - October 25, 2010

Obituary


Dr. Ernesto G. Ramos was born on March 10, 1941 and passed away on October 25, 2010. He was the third child of Teofilo and Gaudencia Ramos of Pangasinan, Philippines. Enesto chaired the national Filipino-American Public AffairsCoalition (FAPAC), the first ever duly-registered Fil-Am political action committee (PAC) since the first Filipinos from the Ilocos immigrated to the US via Hawaii in December 6, 1906. It is a non-partisan, issue-oriented PAC comprising Filipino Democrats, Republicans and Independents that seek to lobby and advocate for issues and concerns impacting Florida's FilAm communities. He also coordinated Florida's Asian...

Dr. Ernesto G. Ramos was born on March 10, 1941 and passed away on October 25, 2010. He was the third child of Teofilo and Gaudencia Ramos of Pangasinan, Philippines. Enesto chaired the national Filipino-American Public AffairsCoalition (FAPAC), the first ever duly-registered Fil-Am political action committee (PAC) since the first Filipinos from the Ilocos immigrated to the US via Hawaii in December 6, 1906. It is a non-partisan, issue-oriented PAC comprising Filipino Democrats, Republicans and Independents that seek to lobby and advocate for issues and concerns impacting Florida's FilAm communities. He also coordinated Florida's Asian American Pacific Islanders' (AAPI) support for the history victory of Presdident Barack Obama on November 4, 2008.

As the proud son of a WWII veteran/POW, he chaired the NaFFAA (National Federation of FilAm Associations) WWII Filipino Veterans Legislative Committee and served on the Board of the National Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE) towards the historic passage of S. 1315, "Veterans Benefits Enchantment Act" that was passed on April 24, 2008 by the US Senate with a 9-1 vote. Subsequently HR, 760. The WWII FIIVets Act" was likewise passed by the US House. Said bill was signed into law on February 19, 2009 during the 111th U.S Congress by the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama. He's currently spearheaded NaFFAA's advocacy for the passage of the "WWII FIIVets Family Reunification Act" now pending in the US Congress, which would grant immigrant visas to the sons and daughters of WWII veterans.

He coordinated the historic 2006 campaign victory of Palm Beach Commissioner Jess Santamaria to become the first-ever Filipino-American to garner an elective office in the State of Florida. Commissioner Santamaria now serves on the 7-member Palm Beach County commission, which oversees a $14-billion annual budget for the wealthiest county among Florida's 67 counties, comprising some 18-million Floridian. Ernesto assisted to establish the ONE NATION Project in 1994 under the auspices of the 9-member South Florida Congressional Delegation. Form 1994 thru 2008 - ONE NATION helped more than 250,000 Florida immigrants become U.S. citizens, among whom are 50,000/plus Filipinos and other Asians.

He saved 10 Filipina mothers and their children from rather abusive U.S. citizens-spouses from imminent deportation, serving as "amicus curiae" (friend of the court) on their behalf before U.S. Immigration Judges and the US District Courts. The said mothers and their children are now bonifide U.S. legal permanent residents who were self-petitioned under the aegis of the 200,000 Violence against Women Act (VAWA), which was co-sponsored by Florida's US Rep. Carrie Meek. Ernesto also coordinated the South Florida Congressional Delegation under the leadership of the Democrat U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek and Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen toward the passage of the 1997 Nicaraguan and Central American Refugee Act (NACARA) and the 1998 Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA). These two historic laws provided permanent residency status to 200,000 or more refugees from Central America and Haiti.

Dr. Ramos advised the 27 member Florida Congressional Delegation in accessing both federal and state monies to fund "We Will Rebuild" project to help South Florida recover from the 1992 Hurricane Andrew devastation that had a $24 billion price tag, this was the costliest natural disaster ever to hit the continental U.S.A.. A portion of this effort was the reconstruction of South Florida's destroyed infrastructure and the rebuilding of the Homestead U.S. Air Force Base and the US South Command which now provide military oversight for Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean.

Ernesto is predeceased by his parents Teofilo and Gaudencia Ramos, brothers Manuel and Daniel Ramos. He leaves to cherish his loving memories wife Judith Ramos, brother: Ray, Luis of the Philippines and sisters: Patricia (Greg) of Montreal, and Gloria (Joseph) of Chicago, sister-in-laws Teresita and Fanny Ramos. He also leaves his step-children Ilene Martin (Russ) of Margate, Eve Sizemore Chrissy) of Naples, Florida and Todd Vogel of Boca Raton, Florida. Dr Ernesto G. Ramos had 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces and nephews in the Philippines, Canada and Chicago who will dearly miss him.

Dr. Ernesto G. Ramos will be missed but never forgotten.