Deacon Felix Ramos Garcia, 75, of Lancaster, passed away at his home surrounded by family on March 29. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Felix Ramos Torres and Maria Luisa Garcia. He was the beloved husband of Norma (Melendez) Ramos, celebrating 54 years of marriage last September.
He moved to Lancaster in August of 1966 with his family. He married his wife Norma at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church on September 17, 1966, and was one of the founding fathers to help bring Spanish-language Masses to Lancaster.
After moving Spanish Masses between Assumption BVM Church and St. Anthony of Padua Church for several years, he was asked to assist the Diocese of Harrisburg in the selection and purchase of San Juan Bautista Church. On June 4, 1983, Deacon Ramos Garcia was ordained to the diaconate at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. He served the Lord through his service towards others as a deacon for the last 37 years.
He spent time as a Missionary in South America, was a member of the Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Charismatic Prayer committee, the parish’s Festival committee, and assisted at youth camps.
Deacon was a master craftsman at Sun Room Company for 20 years. A man of the community, he was also a self-employed carpenter, and his business lasted for more than 20 years. His expertise in carpentry, framing and roofing specifically targeted the Lancaster community for thousands of projects throughout his life. He also volunteered his service to the Church and to others throughout his life, performing facility improvements and teaching others his craft. In 2007, he completely lost his home to a fire and personally rebuilt it within a year.
Along with his wife, Norma, Deacon Ramos Garcia is survived by five children: Felix Ramos, Jr. of West Chester, Luis Ramos of Frackville, Jose Ramos of Florida, Freddy Ramos and his wife Anna of Lancaster, and Angie Ramos and her companion Abimael Vargas of Lancaster. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 8 sisters, and 4 brothers.
A viewing was to be held April 5 from 6-8 p.m. at San Juan Bautista Church in Lancaster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on April 6 at the church with Father Luis Rodriguez as celebrant. Burial will follow at Conestoga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Deacon’s memory may be made to San Juan Bautista Church.
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