Adam Ramos a lifetime member of the Smokey Bear Association passed away last week. I met Adam and his wonderful wife Carolyn at a Hot Foot Teddy Collector Association convention years ago. My wife and I instantly took a liking to Adam as he was smart, funny and always had a twinkle in his eye when he talked to you. He and Carolyn have always been strong supporters of Smokey Bear and his message. This wonderful couple attended all of the SBA events that they could drive to wherever it was held. They missed only a few Smokey Bear event held across the US in the last 20 years. They would attend the annual Reno Hot Air Balloon event each year to be part of the Smokey Bear Balloon support team along with their good friends and SBA members the Winer’s.
Adam and Carolyn were the first members of the SBA that I would contact whenever I would plan a convention or regional gathering. I wanted to make sure that they could attend. I often said that it wouldn’t be a party if Adam and Carolyn couldn’t attend.
The last time I saw Adam was May of this year when I hosted a regional gathering here in Roseburg. Adam had been very ill and it looked like he and Carolyn would not be able to attend. Just days before the event Carolyn called me and said that they were going to try to drive the 400 miles up to Oregon to see all their old friends. They made it and yes it was a party. Everyone had a wonderful time and Adam was well, Adam.
Adam and Carolyn Ramos, Frank and Deanne Winer have always been the go to members of the SBA. If you want something done you contact the Frail Old Senior Citizens from California as I lovingly refer to them as. Whatever you asked it got done. These four Smokey Bear enthusiast were one of the main reasons my wife and I joined the Hot Foot Teddy Collectors Association which later became the SBA. We became very close friends who could only see each other once a year but whenever we did meet up it was like it was only a few weeks since we were together last. My wife Nancy, mother Marian,and I as well as all the members of the SBA will surely miss our dear friend Adam.
Please join me in keeping Adam, Carolyn, and their daughter Diane in your thoughts and prayers.