In Memoriam: The Rev. Ivan Ramirez, Priest

Posted on March 4, 2008

Fr. Ivan Ramirez, assisting priest at Holy Trinity/ La Santisima Trinidad, Richmond,  died peacefully at about 10:30 in the morning on February 26th at Berkeley's Alta Bates Hospital. On the one hand we feel the sadness of his loss.  On the other hand, he was in pain and miserable because of the limitations of his condition, and he is now released from his suffering.

His wife Elena told me a story about one of his last days in the convalescent hospital. Many people were visiting at the same time. A Cuban woman who worked at the hospital asked, "Who is this man that so many people come to visit him?"  When she was informed that he was a priest, she said, "Oh, I must make my confession."  So, while the visitors waited in the garden, Ivan heard the woman's confession.  So, he was a priest to the end.

A funeral service will be held at Grace Cathedral on Saturday, April 12th, at 4:00 p.m.