May goodness & mercy follow you . . .

An old JC mate of mine unexpectedly passed away from a cardiac arrest-related incident last week. He was the younger brother of J. with whom I used to hang in my coming of age years. A mix of Prep & Hudson boys and ASA & St. Dom's girls. While I wasn't the one all the boys wanted to date, I did enjoy a great circle of friends. Such fond memories of high school and being young & Filipino American in Jersey City. Of course, I didn't think of myself as FilAm then. But looking back with FilAm affinity isn't such a bad thing, is it?

As I entered what I anticipated would be a most chaotic mob scene of a wake, I was simply grateful to be there to offer my condolences, especially to J. . . . knowing how much such a gesture meant to me when Dad passed almost a year ago. I am heartened by the sad news of LD's death & am reminded of A.'s own heart journey & his courage to live . . . & transform his daily life into a more healthy & heart-friendly one. Please take care of your hearts, folks.

LD -- As you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, may the Spirit be there to comfort you & my Dad be there to greet you along with your other loved ones who have passed into peaceful stillness. There's gotta be a Jersey City poker club up there, yes? Love & light to The Ramos Family.

LOUIE DANIEL RAMOS - JERSEY CITY - Louie Daniel Ramos, R.N., 35, passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, New Brunswick. Born in Jersey City, Louie was a graduate of St. Peter's Prep and Rutgers University, where he received a B.A. in Biology. A recent graduate (Summa Cum Laude) of Christ Hospital School of Nursing, he was recently conferred as a R.N. Louie was an avid poker player and he also played volleyball in the local league. He is survived by his parents, Jose and Rebecca (Mallare) Ramos; a brother, Joseph A. and his wife, Liza; a niece, Jolisa; a nephew, Austin; his maternal grandmother, Isabel Mallare; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family will receive friends on Monday and Tuesday, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Aedan's R. C. Church on Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Aedan's Church would be appreciated. Parking opposite of the funeral home. McLaughlin Funeral Home 625 Pavonia Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201) 798-8700.

Almost your one-year death anniversary, Dad . . .

CABALDA, AMANTE B., 69, of Jersey City, entered eternal rest 8/30/08, peacefully at home. Beloved husband of Rizalina (nee Cadelina). Devoted father of Michael Cabalda, Sheila Cabalda and her husband Alexander Torres, Dear brother of Constante Cabalda and Oliva Corrales. Dear brother-in-law of Aurea and her husband Regino Elgarico. Dear uncle of Kathleen and her husband Thomas McElroy and Mitch Elgarico. There will be a Memorial Mass at O.L. of Mercy R.C. Church, 40 Sullivan Drive, Jersey City, Sat., 9/6/08.