Edwin Ramirez Sr.

Eddie Ramirez, Sr. (1951-2021)

     Edwin (Eddie) Ramirez Sr. passed away on January 20, 2021. Edwin was born in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico on October 6, 1951. He was the son of Bruno Ramirez and Juana Toro.  He was raised in Brooklyn, NY, was drafted into the US Army in 1970 and served in Korea during the Vietnam War.  He also served during Desert Storm in 1991 as a Drill Sergeant.

     Edwin was a correction officer at Sing Sing, Livingston, and Downstate Correctional Facilities.  After his retirement, he joined the transportation team at the Castle Point VA Hospital in Fishkill, NY.  He always enjoyed helping his fellow veterans.

     Edwin was best known for his position as CEO of R&M Promotions and Entertainment in Poughkeepsie and held many Latino festivals in the Hudson Valley and surrounding regions, even Virginia Beach.  He loved to sing, dance, and perform for his festival audience as he was also a musician.  In 1999, he and his wife, Norma, founded the Hudson Valley Latino High School Scholarship Fund and to this date have awarded over 140 scholarships to area students.  This scholarship fund will be renamed in his honor as the Edwin Ramirez Sr. Latino Scholarship Fund.

     Edwin was a family man.  His greatest joy was cooking at home and bringing his family together.  He has never been too busy to help anyone in need and took great pride in seeing people happy.  He has helped coordinate the gathering of supplies to be sent to storm ravaged areas in Puerto Rico and the donations of equipment to emergency service personnel working at ground zero after 9/11.

     Edwin is survived by his wife, Norma, of 42 years, his sons, Edwin Ramirez Jr., his wife Jill, and Michael Ramirez, and his wife, Patricia.  Edwin Ramirez Sr. is also survived by his grandchildren, Ixory, Miranda, Arianna, Aiden, Michael, Alayna, and Christopher; by his sisters, Natasha Ramirez, and Evelyn Ramirez, and Evelyn’s husband, Abel Marrero; his brothers Ruben Ramirez, and his wife Shana, David Ramirez, and his wife Christina, as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister, Aida Ramirez-Louis, his brother Luis Ramirez, his mother, Juana Toro and his father, Bruno Ramirez.

Edwin was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Wappingers Falls, NY.  Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Straub, Catalano, and Halvey Funeral Home.  Please visit their website for further details. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edwin Ramirez Sr. Latino Scholarship Fund online at www.rmpromotions.com.


R&M Promotions & Entertainment
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Office: (845) 206-5197 Fax: (845) 848-1148
Email: erj1069@gmail.com