elevated oLlhY September 26, 1938 – December 19, 2020
elevated oLlhY It is with much sorrow and great sadness that we announce the passing of Ana B. Ramirez on December 19, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Tulio Ramirez and mother to Henry (Gloria), Victoria (Nicholas), Fernando (Alexandra) and Carlos Ramirez (Hitomi) as well as grandmother to Martin, Jaime, Lina and Danny. Ana was born in Armenia, Colombia but grew up in the western metropolis of Cali, Colombia. With the tragic death of her parents in her teen years, Ana was charged with the care of her two siblings, Carlos and Maria Cristina. Ana took upon herself this heavy parental responsibility with the due love and care of any real mother. This experience made the lifelong relationship between her siblings and their respective families that much stronger and fostered a deep love of all family relationships with her children, relatives and friends. In Cali, Ana met and married Tulio E. Ramirez at the age of 20 and in 1965, they moved to Canada with their family.
elevated oLlhY Ana’s successful career spanning a variety of professions was emblematic of her vitality, energy and willingness to embark on new challenges. First, while raising four children in Hamilton, Ontario, Ana began a teaching career as a Spanish instructor at Mohawk College. She was praised by her students for her enthusiasm, dedication and empathy, traits that served her well throughout her life. In 1980, Tulio and Ana together established a project management consultancy firm in Toronto that focused on commercial real estate and infrastructure projects. This work allowed Ana to travel widely throughout Europe and Latin America giving her a cosmopolitan outlook on life.
elevated oLlhY It was not until later in her career that Ana turned to her true passions of politics, arts and culture. As an independent curator, she organized and co-curated numerous art exhibitions in Canada, Europe and Latin America including a well-received solo-curated exhibition in Toronto in 2018 entitled Crossing Borders. Most notably, she was the co-founding curator of the annual Art of the America’s exhibition held in Ottawa at City Hall every fall.
elevated oLlhY Ana also became deeply involved in provincial and federal politics for the Liberal Party. She participated in multiple electoral campaigns in ridings across the city of Toronto. As a member of the Willowdale Women’s Liberal Club (WWLC), she was known as a force to behold – her strong views and warm nature were ever present at almost every WWLC event.
elevated oLlhY Ana was an enthusiastic builder and organizer within the Latin American community in Toronto. She was an active member of the Casa Cultural Colombiana and an organizer of the Latin American Festival of Images and Words. She felt a duty to give back to her community because of the good fortune she believed she had received in her life. As such, she was a constant presence at charity events at her parish Blessed Trinity Church, her local parish, and at the Theresians of Toronto.
elevated oLlhY Unfortunately, the last year of her life was met with serious health challenges but these did not diminish her positive outlook on life. More importantly, for her family and friends, she will be remembered as a supportive, loving and caring person always full of optimism.
elevated oLlhY “By bravely enduring our trials, we learn humility, compassion and a great reliance on God.”
A funeral mass took place on December 30, 2020 followed by her internment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to COVENANT HOUSE TORONTO, CHALICE.CA, and THE THERESIANS at BLESSED TRINITY CHURCH, North York, ON.
elevated oLlhY The family wishes to express thanks for all the love and support during this most difficult time.
For me, Ana´s passing away have been a great loss. Not only have I lost a great friend but I have lost my art Manager in Canada. I have to thank Ana Beatriz for her long and loving friendship and for putting my name in the Art Tour International Magazine because was her own idea to subbmit my name as a candidate to be published in such an important international Magazine and for the many art exhibitions She took my work to. She left her body but I am sure She is alive in a different dimension, She will take care of her family and will keep counselling me towards my success.
“Terra Art lost someone very important, someone irreplaceable, someone whose knowledge of Latin American Art greatly influenced the exemplary work in our group”
A great recognition to you Ana Ramírez for your great work as a curator at “Art of the Americas”. RIP my dear friend.🙏❤️🙏
Recordada y querida Anita
Con tu visión y amor nos enseñaste que lo imposible se puede lograr…
Anita, gracias por se parte de nuestras vidas y haber compartido con todos nosotros tu amor por la vida, tu amor por tu familia, tus conocimientos, experiencia y sobre todo tu fe y convicción.
Igualmente, gracias por compartir y expresar tus valores y virtudes en tu diario vivir: tu visión y proyección, tu pasión, tu entusiasmo, tu generosidad, tu compasión, tu entrega, tu inteligencia, y espontaneidad, entre otros que te caracterizaron
Siempre te recordaré con inmensa felicidad por tus funciones cumplidas y con gran admiración y respeto por las huellas y todas las enseñanzas que dejaste en mi, en tu familia, nuestro grupo y en nuestra comunidad.
Hasta siempre hermana y amiga💕!!!
Anita your remarkable vision and love taught us that anything can be achieved!!!
Thank you Anita, for being a part of our lives and having shared with all of us your love for life, your love for your family, your knowledge, experience and above all your faith and conviction.
Likewise, thank you for sharing and expressing your values and virtues in your daily life: your vision and projection, your passion, your enthusiasm, your generosity, your compassion, your dedication, your intelligence, and spontaneity, among others that characterized you.
I will always remember you with immense happiness for the work you accomplished and with admiration and respect for what you taught me, your family, our group and our community.
Farewell sister and friend !!! 💕!!!
We are going to miss Anita. She was a very special person, I can’t even describe her, she always had a gentle word to everybody, she had a heart from here to the moon. I didn’t know her for a long time but, the short time that I have the privilege to have her as a friend brought me a lot of joy. She was a wise, gentle, positive and happy woman. I have her voice recorded in my mind when she call me almost a month before her passed for my birthday. I just can say that we lost someone very special. We are really going to miss you. Go and have fun in heaven with your husband! We love you.
Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones y en nuestras oraciones.
Fuiste muy especial con mi mamá Margarita y conmigo también.
Has dejado una huella imborrable.
Te extrañaremos mucho.
Descansa en paz🖤
Siempre te recordaré con mucho amor. Tu sonrisa. calidez, espíritu juvenil y emprendedor fueron instrumentos de enseñanza demasiado valiosos.
Eres un ser de luz que ha dejado profundas huellas para quienes tuvimos el privilegio de compartir tu amistad.
When a great mother, grandmother, wife, teacher, leader, activist, friend, cooworker, curator, fellow, volunteer, and a wise women passes away, you will never forget what she represented in your live. Ana Beatriz was all that, especially the grandma that I never had. I am very pleased to knew her and to be part of her family, enjoyed her true self and all her wise advises. Her love and work will always live in our minds and hearts. All my respect and wish of peace to Vicky, Carlos, Henry, Fernando and the rest of the family.
I will always be grateful to destiny that my path in life crossed that of Ana and Tulio Ramirez some 52 years ago, when I joined the Hamilton city planning department where Tulio was a senior director. It became a socially close-knit agency, in no small way due to the openness and conviviality of the dynamic Ramirez duo, particularly Ana. One year, I broke my heel and was put in a cast and Ana promptly decreed that I must move into their home for a few weeks so that I could be taken care of. Of course, I was treated like a prince, but more importantly became a virtual member of the family, and got to know their four fantastic kids as they were growing into their own personalities.
Over the years I was invited by Ana to many cultural events and introduced to an array of interesting and accomplished people I would otherwise never have met. Particularly memorable was a Christmas and New Year I spent with the Ramirez family (and relations) in Bogota and Cali, Colombia. It was a wonderful cultural immersion, made all the richer by Ana’s warm guiding hand throughout.
Some time after I moved to Ottawa, the Ramirez family moved here as well for a few years, which was a welcome opportunity to renew our close ties. After they moved to Toronto, we still stayed in close touch, and I was delighted to see Ana often when she visited Ottawa for various political meetings and art shows.
It is truly sad to realize that I will not see Ana again. Ana was a dear, caring and stimulating friend in my life. There was — and is — no one quite like her.
I met Ana years ago at the many Liberal events we both attended. Ana was one of the warmest, most loving, friends I was fortunate to have had. More touching than her dedication to political causes, however, I remember her deep devotion and pride in her family, as a mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace.
I was blessed to have met Ana, she was a blessing in my life, always so thoughtful and kind.
She will be deeply missed.
I pray that God comforts the Ramirez family in this difficult times.
Tía Ana Beatriz, trato de enlazar las palabras que con lágrimas salen de mi alma, palabras que acompañaran ésta tristeza por una ausencia que no esperábamos. Siempre recordaremos a esa gran mujer maravillosa, admirable, llena de fuerza, por tus valores, virtudes, por tu gran apoyo, cariño y amor incondicional para mi familia, en especial por MAIRA ALEJANDRA, JUAN DAVID Y XIMENA. Le agradecemos a Dios por habernos dado la oportunidad de gozar de la compañía de alguien tan especial por tanto tiempo, fuiste una gran bendición en nuestras vidas y siempre estaremos agradecidos de ti. Para nosotros tía Ana Beatriz, no has muerto y nunca lo harás por que no se muere cuando el corazón deja de latir, se muere cuando en los recuerdos se deja de existir y tú estarás siempre presente en nuestros corazones.
Seguiremos orando para que Dios le siga dando esa fortaleza espiritual a mi familia GÓMEZ RAMIREZ en estos tiempos tan difíciles, en especial a mis primos TULIO, VICKY, FERNANDO Y CARLOS.
Aunque nos sentimos profundamente tristes por la partida de una de las personas mas queridas de nuestras vidas, debemos pensar en que ahora nuestra amada tía ANA BEATRIZ, descansa en paz, en un lugar mucho mejor que este.
GRACIAS TIA ANA BEATRIZ
Anita una persona muy especial en mi nueva vida en Canadá Una Amiga llena de virtudes Me hiciste la vida más fácil y amena en este gran País
Gracias infinitas por todo el amor sincero que me brindaste a mi y a mi familia a través de estos 20 años de amistad
Vivirás en los mejores recuerdos de mi vida en Canadá
Gracias por todos los detalles q siempre tuviste para con mi Madre
Nunca podré olvidarte Anita
Extraño tu llamada casi todas las mañanas donde me expresabas el gran afecto que sentías por mi
Has dejado un vacío muy grande a tu familia y a tus amigos
Descansa en paz Anita bella junto al amor de tu vida ,tu adorado Osito y al lado de Dios la Virgen María y Los Ángeles que siempre te cuidaron
Love you Anita