COLLEGEVILLE, PA —Manuel (Bud) Ramos peacefully passed away after an amazing 99 years on December 13, 2021 surrounded by members of his loving family.
Bud was born in Saratoga Springs on September 17, 1922 to Mary (Mamie) Mangini and Sylvester Ramos, who together ran Ramos’s restaurant at 11 Ash Street where they enjoyed hosting friends and family.
He was a 1940 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, where he played on the school’s basketball team and was named Most Positive in his senior class. After graduation he joined an Eleanor Roosevelt depression-era New Deal Initiative, which he credited for his success in life.
In WWII, he proudly served his country as a Navy Radioman Petty Officer 2nd Class and was stationed in Cape May, NJ, and then entered college on the GI Bill, receiving a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.
He soon joined IBM to work on one of the first computers, before accepting a job in sales in Hartford, CT where he met his beloved wife Anna on “the best blind date of his life.” Work took them to Old Saybrook, CT where he became the General Manager of Conrac Corporation, and ultimately Audubon, PA and co-ownership of an electrical sales company until his retirement.
One of Bud’s biggest loves besides his family was his hometown of Saratoga Springs and horse racing, and some of his happiest times were spent at the race track. He and his wife Anna also loved trips to the beach and doting on family and friends, and Bud loved completing the NYT crosswords, playing golf at Phoenixville Country Club, reading, history, and handicapping for the next day’s races.
Bud was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Anna and his daughters Roberta and Mary. He is survived by his daughter Joanna (Costas Zambarloukos) Ramos, his son Michael (Faith) Ramos, his granddaughters Aimee (Scott) Tonneson, Renee (Mike Marsico) Gilinger, and Vilma Gilinger, his grandsons Michael Gilinger and Jon (Nancy) Ramos, his great-grandchildren Allie and Whit Tonneson, Sofia Gilinger, and Dean Vela, and his niece Jill (Rod Sprattling) Ramos and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he dearly loved.
Services will be private and will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Landing of Collegeville of Collegeville, PA, the Coatesville VA Home Health Care Team, Bayada, ProMedica Total Rehab in Exton, PA and Willow Tree Hospice for their compassionate care of Bud.