Samuel Reyes Ramos
July 29, 1974–August 19,2023
Samuel R. (Sammy) Ramos was born in McAllen, Texas and passed away in New Braunfels, Texas. He attended Immaculate Conception School and Rio Grande City Public Schools. Upon graduation, he attended the school of his childhood dreams, the University of Texas in Austin. One of his first jobs upon graduation in 1997 was with the National Hispanic Institute, training and counseling young Hispanics to become leaders. After two years with NHI . He began to teach and coach in Seguin, Texas. He taught Texas History, American History AP and coached basketball and tennis. His last assignment was the head tennis coach at Seguin High School.
There are many teachers but not all touch the lives of students like Sammy. He took special interest in each individual and made every effort that each student reached their full potential and more. He instilled pride in community and service with special programs that were implemented in Seguin like PALS, and Seguin Leadership Initiative with Rene Moreno. He was very passionate about his pride in Texan Hispanic history, literature, art, and music. He would create special lessons for students to think independently.
He loved Tejano music and Mexican food. He loved his Rio Grande City from its teams, its history, its food. He would say mi lindo Rio Grande. He loved to read on the history of Texas, and loved and followed the Boston Celtics since a kid. He was a great dancer from polkas, salsa,and valses. He was an athlete from Tball, to long distance running , golf and basketball. He was in the original Super Starr Little League Team. He started playing tennis at age 12 playing competitively since Junior High . He continued to play up to few days ago. It was amazing to see him play and give his opponents tips to improve their game.
After 21 years of teaching , he decided to turn a new leaf. He was going to travel and rest. His lifelong friends, his classmates, his former students, his coworkers, his neighbors and relatives knew he was one of a kind. You could count on a big abrazo if he had not seen you in a while. He was respectful, helpful and loyal to all, rich or poor, young or old. He was charitable without asking for recognition. He is being remembered all over Texas, parts of U.S. as a giving charitable friend who gave all, the teacher that inspired to succeed, the avid UT Longhorn fan that went to all home games, the fan of Tejano music, Mazz, Luis Miguel and Juan Gabriel. He taught many lifelong lessons but most of the taught us that life can be short, so live it the the max.
July 29, 1974–August 19,2023
The dash between his birth and death is small and insignificant, however the impact on his students, friends and family cannot be measured. His love of life, community, students, and family will lead us to accept his death. Some will have memories that will last forever, others will remember him and forget, but his impact will be there and cannot be denied.
RIO GRANDE CITY~SAMUEL R RAMOS 49 WAS CALLED TO BE WITH THE LORD ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023 AT CHRISTUS SANTA ROSA HOSPITAL IN NEW BRAUNFELS, TX. SANCHEZ FUNERAL HOME OF RIO GRANDE CITY WILL BE TAKING CARE OF HIS FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.