Ramon W Vera

April 3, 1925May 23, 2023
Dr. Ramon Wilfredo Vera April 3, 1925 – May 25, 2023 Dr. Ramon Wilfredo Vera (“Abuelo”) is survived by Maria Vera (“Abuela”), his loving wife of 73 years, his three sons, Fred (Maria), Eric (Michelle), Edgar (Brenda), 11 grandchildren (David, Jason, Erica, Cristina, Jessica, Joshua, Daniel, Daniela, Benjamin, Luke, and Peter) and 11 great grandchildren (Victoria, Dominic, Valentina, Marco, Milagros, Ester, Aliyah, Luke, Mariano, Jed and Brooks). Abuelo was born in 1925 and grew up in Moca, a village in northwestern Puerto Rico. He was the oldest in a family of eight children. His father was a teacher. From his position as the oldest son, he learned early on to care for his family and he continued to do that throughout his life. He lived at a time and place where he had to carry water from a well back to his house so that his family—including six sisters—could take a bath. Although he was raised in a home with little in terms of material things, he was not deterred or defined by that. He was very smart, a hard worker and determined to be a doctor and he did not waste any time. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class when he was only 15 years old. Then he left the island for the first time in his life, to attend Louisiana State University for medical school on a full merit-based scholarship. He studied every summer to finish his medical school in just three years. His example was ingrained in his own children and grandchildren as well. Abuelo worked as a successful Obstetrician and Gynecologist for 40 years, practicing in Puerto Rico, Michigan and Florida. He was also drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and honorably served his country. Abuelo and Abuela met while he was a medical resident working at a hospital in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At that time, Abuela was studying for her master’s in social work. They married on June 16, 1951 and enjoyed nearly 73 years of marriage. It was a marriage of commitment of love and loyalty to one another. They were united in their mutual devotion to Jesus Christ, which helped them overcome the difficulties of life and marriage. Abuelo’s faith was evident in the way that he lived. He had a calm demeanor and was able to focus on what was good in life. He was a loving father to his three sons. Abuelo was an excellent guitar and quattro player and he enjoyed entertaining. He taught his sons to play instruments and enjoy music as well. Abuelo was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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