One of our outstanding Icthus leaders in Costa Rica, Eduardo Ramirez, went to be with Lord on May 21st, 2018. He died of a heart attack. He was in his early 50’s and seemed in good health so this was a sudden shock to his wife Sandra and their families, to Icthus friends in Costa Rica. and to other Icthus countries – all of us.
Eduardo and Sandra Ramirez have been long time leaders in Costa Rica. Eduardo and Sandra were members of the national committee for Icthus Costa Rica. In 2009 Icthus Amigos here in the USA fell in love with them when they visited to speak at the Fiesta Banquet in San Diego. Also, they were the special guests at several small home parties in Southern California regaling everyone with their pictures, stories, and Costa Rican dancing.
Edwardo leaves behind his wife Sandra. They have no children - Icthus kids were their children.
I talked with Sandra and I shared our love and condolences for the loss of her husband. She expressed her love for the whole Icthus family even those she has not met. She said that she and Eduardo appreciated all the Icthus Amigos she met in 2009 when they visited here, as well as those who went on a mission's trip in 2010 to visit Icthus.
She talked about how special it was for her that so many Icthus guides, kids, friends and family came to the funeral service. They all sang the Icthus hymn as a part of the tearful service.
Eduardo will be cremated. Because he loved their home garden so much, Sandra is considering burying him there and planting a tree.
Like so many Icthus leaders throughout Latin America, Misael Campos, Regional Coordinator in Honduras said he was very impressed by Eduardo, "Eduardo was so very committed to the ministry".
Frank Tranzow, former chair of the Icthus Board, said, "I was shocked and saddened to hear of Eduardo’s death. We got well acquainted in 2010 when we spent a week in Costa Rica. I’ll always hold dear the camping experience and the wonderful times with the leadership group”.
Tom and Nancy Delahooke, who hosted Eduardo and Sandra in their home for an afternoon home party with their friends said, “What a shock. We join you in prayer for Sandra”. Marshall and Joyce Thompson who were at that party have given support for Icthus Costa Rica ever since. They shared their sadness and concern for Sandra as well.
As for me, I appreciated him greatly. He was one of our key leaders. Many times I was amazed at his wisdom, compassion, and energy. I will miss him greatly.
Please pray for Sandra, their extended family, and Icthus kids that are missing him.
If you would like to give a memoria gift to honor Eduardo so that more chilldren can have Icthus click the donate button above. Thank you.
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