This year I'm dedicating my ride to my brother-in-law and Sacramento native Carlos Ramirez (August 14, 1959 to March 13, 1992).
Carlos was my second eldest brother Robert's ex-lover. They dated for a number of years.
He'd come to my family home with my brother to visit and we had alotta hard core friends of ours over visiting, working on cars and never, not once did anyone ever make fun of them. This was around 1977, these were the days when being gay wasn't socially accepted, well not from within our Mexican gang banging lowrider culture. My friends all respected my family and in turn they respected my brother and his lover. There were times that we didn't understand it but we respected them because we were family. This was way before I had come out.
They split up and by that time my family had grown very fond of Carlos. He was well loved by my family and was welcomed to come over as he pleased. He lived closer to my aunt Mary and would often stop in to visit with her.
He used to come to San Francisco to visit me when I moved there. We'd hang out, go to the clubs and go throughout the City. We had alotta fun just being friends.
About a decade later Carlos took sick. During the AIDS epidemic, at this time was really tough for everyone. Especially for families that had members that were HIV positive. I've been witness to my friends families turn their back on terminally ill loved ones, only to clean out their home once they died. So sad but it was a reality during this time.
Carlos didn't have to deal with this. Without question his sister Sylvia Ramirez took great care of Carlos. He wanted for nothing under her care. She tended to him during his dying days. My aunt Mary and I visited him during this time. It was heartbreaking to see the skeleton of a man he had become. He was fortunate to have his sister Sylvia by his side taking care of him until his death.
His memorial service was held at Nicoletti Funeral Home on Folsom Blvd at 54th. My entire family attended and my aunt Mary was so sad. I could still see his beautiful casket, draped over was a white silk material. He looked so handsome and peaceful. His sister Sylvia lived through with her promise to Carlos. To take care of him until he's gone.
I dedicate this Ride to Carlos Ramirez. Rest in peace my friend. May we never forget?
I ride in memory and honor of Robert Marez, Roy Muao, Carlos Ramirez, Ronnie Salazar, Angel Garcia, Jessica Taylor, Alfred Enriques, Tony "Gato" Martinez, Steven Aguilara, Steve Keller, Sylvester, Ralphael Ortiz, Joey Burciaga, Kitione "Rob" Finau, Fernando Cuevas, Anthony Ramos, Bobbi Campbell, Anthony "Deshawn" Johnson, David John, Bruce Eshner, Johnny Wrice, Cal Stephans, Taft Waters, Eddie Dresser, Jesus Negron, Calvin Taylor, Charles "Buckets" Gipson, David Arizmendez, Jimmy Cullen, Dennis Claiborne, Teddy Richardson, Charles Tolbert, Jerry Moyer, Tony Gonzalez, Tino Sustaya, Fred Hayes, Gypsy Calibreeze, David Cunningham, Brian Plymale, Kevin Coad, Eddie O'Neill, Ken Gott, Doug Felix, Francisco Garcia, Jose Saucedo, Terry Thielman, David Anthony Johnson, Bobby Campbell, Dave Payne, Ramsis Diaz, Gary Wagman, Robert Uribe, Robert P. Huitt, Al Ruiz, Tim Cunningham, Gabriel Luke Carmona, Robert Corbin, Michael Adame, Frank Martinez, Danny Reilly, Georgie Fernandez, Ray-Jon, Joey Duenskie, Phillip Gaston, Dale Rodriguez, Steve Bertolli, Randy Pearson, Danny Iszard, Howard Smith, Richard Smith,Christopher Joseph Flores, David Allan Peterson, Ricky Wickware,Fa'aifo "Tina" Matagi, Afaese Lino, Scotty "Danielle" Toilolo, Jose Gerardo Sanchez, Tim Williams, Leslie Walker, Donald James Bruce, Frank Cream, Ricky Carden, Paul Gardino, Richard A Suastequi, Paul Batho, Bill Neer.