The hallways of the Madera Tribune are somber as the employees mourn the passing of long-time coworker Lorenzo Ramos Saturday.
Born in Tulare on Nov. 1, 1936, he graduated from Tulare Union High School and served in the United States Army where he was stationed in Europe. He attended college and became a Church of Christ minister at a seminary in Texas.
The former Oakhurst resident began working for Madera Tribune as an independent carrier delivering papers to homes and servicing the newspaper racks in the Bass Lake and Oakhurst areas.
According to Betty Linn, publisher of the Sierra Star and former publisher of the Madera Tribune, in the late 1980s the Madera Tribune printed the East County Today, a four page cover that wrapped around the Wednesday edition of the Tribune and carried news of mountain area events. Ramos distributed these editions to mountain residents.
“He was a good, loyal employee who worked very hard for us,” Linn said.
When owned by US Media and Sierra Pacific Publishing, the Tribune was printed at the Merced Sun Star plant in Merced. Ramos made daily treks to Merced to hand deliver the finished pages to the pressroom, and return with the bundles of newspapers. One day a week he would make two trips back and forth, to pick up the shopper delivered to non-subscribers.
He also worked as a bundle dropper when the paper was published in the afternoon, delivering the papers to the homes of carriers who would, in turn, deliver papers to the subscribers. Once the Tribune became a morning edition, Ramos worked in the mailroom distributing papers to the carriers.
In October, the Madera Tribune celebrated National Newspaper Week with small features and photos of its employees. When asked what he would wish for, Ramos said he would use his wish to have God bless the company.
“He will be truly missed,” said Madera Tribune Publisher Chuck Doud. “The Tribune just won’t be the same without him.”
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Watson Ramos of Madera, son Eric Ramos of Portland, Ore. daughters Lisa Bronco of United Kingdom, Jill Ramos of Dinuba, step-son Andy Swenson of Madera, sisters Gloria and husband Joe Padilla of Hanford, Emma and Jesus Jimenez of Oakhurst, and Mary and Jerry Guevara and Eloise Hazelwood all of Tulare, grandson Ethan Bronco and various nieces and nephews.
Arrangements for a memorial service are pending under the direction of Jay Chapel.