Baldomero A. Ramos “Baldy,” an 84-year-resident of Winters, died peacefully on June 10, 2022 at the age of 95, surrounded by his family. Born in El Marchal, Spain on May 8, 1927, Baldy was the oldest child of Lucia and Juan Martinez and the brother of John and Mary. The Ramos family immigrated to the US in 1935 through Ellis Island and lived, initially, in Pleasant Valley where Baldy attended the one-room Oakdale Schoolhouse.
In 1938, Baldy’s parents moved the family to Winters after purchasing land on Gaddini Road to begin farming. While attending Winters High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII and he later served in the Air Force during the Korean War. After returning from the service, Baldy farmed and was a barber for several years. From 1972–1992, he worked for the postal service and was the first mail carrier to go door-to-door in Winters. His reliability and fun personality made him many friends. Baldy was a proud member of the Winters VFW.
While stationed in Sidi Simane Air Force Base – Morocco, Baldy met and married Isabel Araujo. In 1955, they returned to Winters and had three children: MaryLou of Santa Barbara, and Michael and Carmina of Winters. He was a loving and doting grandfather to Michael’s son Evan. He was very proud of his grandson, and received great joy in attending Evan’s band performances.
Baldy was very funny — he told the best jokes and could find the humor in everything. He was well known for his amazing ability to dance and had a deep love of music. He graduated from the Arthur Murray School of Dance and was offered a dance instructor position.
His chihuahua Fawn will miss him very much, and his large and loving family will forever mourn his loss. He is survived by wife Isabel, children MaryLou, Michael and Carmina Caselli, son-in-law Stephen Caselli, grandson Evan Ramos, sister Mary Campos, sister-in-law Isabel Martinez, nephews and niece Gene Martinez (Margie), Steve Martinez (Lela), Joe Campos (Susie), Johno Campos, Isabel (Campos) Kusumoto (Scott), 13 great-nieces and nephews and 17 great-great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Juan and Lucia Martinez, brother John Martinez, brother-in-law José Campos, niece,Diana Campos and nephew and wife, Bobby and Debbie Martinez.
A Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial was said at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Monday, June 20 and Baldy was laid to rest at Winters Cemetery. If you would like to remember him, tell a joke, visit a friend and be kind to your pets. If you would like to make a donation in Baldy’s honor please send it to YoloCares Hospice. Baldy’s family is forever grateful for their help in Baldy’s last weeks.