August 17, 1950 ~ March 28, 2009
Javier Ramirez, a 58 year resident of Gardena, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Gardena. Born in Torrance, CA, Javier was 58 when he died. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Gardena, CA. After graduating from Gardena High School, he worked at Kurt's Hardware in Redondo Beach for 4 years. He loved to travel and would spontaneously trek to the likes of Hawaii, Oregon, Mexico, Yosemite, and was one of the thousands of music lovers at the Woodstock Music Festival. Javier served in the Army during the Vietnam War, in Platoon 1, at Fort Leonard wood in Missouri, and went on to the Airborne, 82nd Division, jumping out of airplanes. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Javier suffered a life-changing motorcycle accident. He suffered a brain injury, recovered from a 3 week coma and underwent months of physical therapy. He was never the same and sought out a life on the streets in Lennox, CA. He was well liked and revered as a 'hero' by the Lennox Sheriff's Department because Javier fended off a knife-wielding attacker on one of Lennox's Finest, saving the officer's life. His family found Javier in Lennox after searching for him when his mother passed away. Everyone believes Mom brought him home to the family again. Javier lived with his sister in Gardena. Javier was not one to stay home and he was always seen walking around town. Although his travels of late were not to other states, but kept to the local streets of Gardena or San Pedro. Many in Gardena knew him as a friendly individual, always seeking out sweets and coffee. Javier's life, although cut too short, was a life he lived his way. Now Javier walks the clouds in Heaven with Mom and Dad.
Javier is survived by his Sister, Angela (Lucas) Carrillo of Gardena, CA, Sister, Lupe (Louie) Marchese of Gardena, CA, Brother, Bascilio "Chilo" Ramirez of Los Angeles, CA, and Sister, Nelly (Max Wojcik, Jr.) Ramirez of Torrance, CA. He was also looked up to by two nieces, two nephews, four grand nephews and one grand niece. Javier is preceded in death by his parents, Dionicio Ramirez and Maria de Jesus Saenz Ramirez.
The funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena, CA, on Friday, April 17, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, CA.
A celebration of his life will follow at Angie Carrillo's (his sister) home in Gardena, CA.
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