Hector Ramirez, 64, died suddenly two weeks ago and family members have started a gofundme account to help pay for medical bills and funeral expenses.
Friends said that Ramirez had worked in the Naples area for more than 40 years as a carpenter and boat builder and repairman. He worked frequently on Bob Lane's Medicine Man (97777) and Alex Cross's Swoosh. He began his career with Dencho Marine in Long Beach and worked many years for Dennis Chaote.
Ramirez died on April 21, and the cause of death is pending.
Ramirez was an integral part of preparation for Long Beach entries in the TransPac race to Hawaii every other year. Actress Vicki Lawrence left a message on the gofundme page — Hector was such a kind, gentle man. Al got to know him during the Dencho years where he helped to build our 70 foot yacht, “Vicki.” …
Family members said that he always had a smile and a helping hand. If he knew someone on Naples Islands was ill, he'd often perform chores without asking for pay, friend Griselda Vasquez said.
"He loved his family, friends, and the many people he worked for," daughter Amy Ramirez wrote. "He was a carpenter by trade and spent his life creating beautiful work. I know my dad touched so many people’s hearts with his generosity, unconditional love, and his sense of humor. He will be missed, but never forgotten."
A viewing has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Pierce Brothers Mortuary, in San Gabriel. The funeral will be at noon Friday, May 11, at the Old San Gabriel Mission, 428 S. Mission Drive, in San Gabriel.
"Farewell, Hector. You did good," niece Brenda Torres wrote. "You did real good. May nothing take away that twinkle out of your eyes, or as Hector would say, ’chispa de vida'.”
To donate to the gofundme account, go to www.gofundme.com/memorial-fund-for-hector-ramirez.