Alan D. Ramey


March 8, 1946- January 16, 2021

Alan Ramey, a native of Sacramento and long-time educator, passed away from COVID-19 at the age of 74 surrounded by his loving family.

Alan grew up near downtown Sacramento; his parents, Howard and Pearl Ramey worked for the cannery after migrating from North Dakota during the Depression. Alan grew up with the train tracks in his backyard and the river in his front yard. At the age of 14, Alan’s sister Ramona took him to church, and he met his future wife, Bennetta Cureo in the parking lot, where she grabbed his hand and walked him into Sunday school.

Although Bee was his first love, sports were a close second. Alan played football and baseball for Norte Del Rio. After graduating from Norte in 1965, Alan and Bee got married. He went on to graduate from CSUS in 1969 and earned his teaching credential in 1970. While at Sac State he was a sports broadcaster and traveled in his VW, sometimes in blizzard-like conditions to announce games. After graduating from Sac State he earned his teaching credential in social studies and English language arts. His first teaching job was at Rio Linda Jr. High while also coaching baseball at Rio Linda High School. He taught for 15 years, and after earning his Master’s in administration, he became the vice principal of Rio Linda and later Don Julio. He worked for Grant Unified School District for 23 years before taking a principal job in River Delta Unified School District. Alan finished his career as an educator as the principal of Center Jr. High from 1995-2003, when he retired.

Not only was Alan an educator, but he was also a businessman and owned Ramey’s House of Sports from 1967-1993 with his best friend and brother, Jim Ramey. As a local business owner in Sacramento, Alan made sure his customers came first and if a kid needed something, and couldn’t afford it, oftentimes that item mysteriously showed up in their bag. After retiring from teaching, Alan and Bee bought Al’s Cooler Boat with his brother-in-law Jack Cureo and for 12 years they served amazing food to patrons up and down the river. When people heard the ice cream truck music from the boat, they knew Al was coming.

Alan and Bee also worked as ushers for the Sacramento Convention Center for 10 years after retirement and loved being able to experience the shows, musicals and productions. They met many good friends during this time. One of Al’s favorite memories as an usher was when cooking Celebrity Paula Dean pulled him onto the stage to taste one of her dishes and said,
“where is that handsome usher?” In the little free time he had, Alan was a committed sports enthusiast and never missed his daughter’s or his grandkid’s sporting events. He was a die-hard Giants fan and his best days were on a baseball field.

All four of Alan’s daughters graduated from CSUS and went into education, following in their father’s footsteps. Anyone who knew Alan knew what a devoted family man he was. Alan is survived by his wife Benneta Cureo Ramey and his four daughters and their spouses, Denise and Tim, Kristan and Scott, CharrLee and Greg, and Amanda and Peter and his nine grandchildren: Regina, Madison, Veronica (George), Alan, Gena, Sunny, Tommy, Ian, and Steven and great-grandson Deen and his sister Ramona.

Alan was known for helping people and if you were ever a recipient of his generosity, the family encourages you, in lieu of flowers, to pay it forward, and help those in need in your community,
as he did.

Following county health guidelines, services will be announced when it is safe to gather. If you would like to be notified about future services, please email Denise Ramey Hoppe at


  • Stephen McCarthy Sr says:

    Al was a good man he will be missed very much prayers be with his family very sorry for your loss!!!!!!

  • Denise says:

    Best Daddy ever!

  • Robin Meckfessel Peppel says:

    I knew Al my entire life and have so many wonderful memories! I love the Ramey family and send my sincerest sympathies.

  • Roderick Hunt says:

    Alan and I met in Mr Cortopassi’s detention room after school when we were in the 7th grade !! 😁 We were best friends for life !! We raised our families together, we are known as uncles to each other kids. I will miss our our conversations immensely !! I love you and will see you on the other side GOD willing 🙏

  • Lisa Campbell says:

    I did not know your dad, but I know you Kristan. Takes a good person to make a good person. XOXO

  • Amanda Brown says:

    I was so lucky to have the best dad. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Alicia Wilson says:

    Mr. Ramey was such a good man. He was kind, giving and welcoming. A great loss to his family, Sacramento and to all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him. 💗

  • Tracy Hayes says:

    Al will always be close to my heart. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. He was the best principal ever. When we made a great school rating at CJS, Al quipped “well, the only problem is that now there’s nowhere to go but down”. He kept it real, and light, and was filled with integrity. An example for us all.

  • Sandra Ahmann says:

    I have been fortunate as a friend and educator to know Denise, Tim, and their children. In that vein I met Alan as he was such a caring and involved grandfather – his presence in his children’s lives and his innate ability to observe and suggest, without prejudice, was brilliant and noteworthy. I am certain his authenticy, integrity, charisma. and ability to empower for the betterment of others, will continue through those he touched.

  • Kelli Abernathy Rocha says:

    My deepest condolences to the Ramey family. I have known Al almost my entire life, as Mandy and I met in Kindergarten. Soo many special memories with this family and very special man. Such a huge loss. Rest in heavenly peace AL, and much love and light to all the family.

  • Annabel Cooper says:

    This is wonderful tribute to your dad. He was such a wonderful person. I was lucky to know him.

  • Steve Wright says:

    We were so fortunate to have Al as our coach in the summer of 1969. A great mentor. A better man. He will be missed.

  • Wendy Harrington says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I never meet your dad but talked to him on the phone when they called looking for Krissy. We would laugh at how funny he was and I love the stories Kristan has shared. I hope you know that Brian, Ashley and I are sending love and support to all of you. 🙏💕💐

  • Cristina Burkhart says:

    Kristan and Charrlee I’m so sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like an amazing man. His passing is a loss for everyone. He will always watch over you both and smile as he sees the wonderful things you are accomplishing and the lives you are touching. God Bless ❤️

  • Lyn and Gary Aldrich says:

    Gary and I send our prayers to Al’s wonderful family. I can’t think of a person who spread such wisdom in the classroom and in so many activities which involved
    young people of future generations. Let’s all go camping when we see each other in Heaven. Lyn and Gary Aldrich

  • Kathy Magnani says:

    Al will be forever in my heart and forever in my mind. He was a GREAT principal to work under. He truly listened to his teachers, made us feel heard and valued as educators, and he led by example! I am so very sorry for the loss to the entire Ramey family and please know how much I respected Al!

  • Alice and Paul Murphy says:

    So saddened to hear this awful news. Al, you always made me smile and I loved your smiling face. This is truly a loss for very many souls. We love you Bee and our hearts hurt for you and your family.

  • Denice and Terry says:

    Bee: We were so sorry to hear about this from Lorna. Please know our thoughts are with you and your loved ones. It is so hard to comprehend this and what you must be going through. Vaya condios, Al.

  • Alan Aufill says:

    So sorry for Bee and family. For all of the times you came out to support my struggling band, I could never repay you. Sure will miss you. Will never forget you. Howlin’ Alan

  • Douglas Triebess says:

    Was a pleasure working with him and Jim back in my McClellan Little League days

  • Cyndy and Joe Blair says:

    It has been many years since we enjoyed your family and the girls’ softball team. Holly keeps us posted. Al was the best.

  • Dale Newhouse and Helen says:

    Just don’t how to say this, after long hard thoughts about my buddy Al. We first met in the 7th grade at Rio Tierra Jr. High. So many, many memories since then. I could go on and on about stories of Alan and myself of Rod too and Jim. But boy am I missing and going to miss my best buddy. Life isn’t fair, as you see above how great a person Al was. Always giving and never asking for anything in return. He was a great man and the world lost a great person. Only wish the rest of the world could have learned by Alan’s example.
    Have to say bye for now Al, but will see you on the other side someday. Miss you more than you can think…Love Y’a, as he would say at the end of every phone call.

  • Sharon Malone says:

    My condolences to the family. Al’s life exemplifies
    his ability to enjoy and live life to the fullest. I had
    the pleasure of working with him as the Principal
    and my fondest memory of him is seeing him at
    an after school event with an infant grandchild
    draped over his shoulder. His love of family was
    beautiful to see.

  • Helen McKelligon says:

    It was with great sadness to hear of Al’s passing. I had the great privilege to work for Al as my Principal at Center Jr. High. He was a champion in supporting his teachers and striving for the best for his students. My sincere condolences to all of the Ramey family. Al will always be remembered as a wonderful person.

  • John and Joan Trotta says:

    Our first introduction to Al was at his interview for principal of Center Jr. HS. We instantly knew Al would the person to lead the school. His sincerity, kindness, and unfiltered interest in children was palpable. How fortunate all of us were to have known and worked with such a gentleman.

  • Audrey Hubbard says:

    I first met Al in 1970 when he and my husband Jack were teaching at Rio Linda Jr. High. We were neighbors in the Town and Country area and my daughter often baby-sat their girls. Many years later our paths crossed again when Al became the Principal at Center Jr. High when I was teaching in the District. Later my family always enjoyed seeing Bee and Al at the Community Center. So many sweet memories over so many years. Rest in peace Al. Sending love and support to Bee and family.

  • Heidi Emerson says:

    Al was a positive force and light in this world. He will continue shine from up above as we remember him down here. He will live on in all the hearts he has touched and be our guide. Missed deeply but remembered fondly. Rest in peace Al.

  • Cherri Klein says:

    May God hold you in his arms. Thank you for all the smiles that you shared and passed on to your wonderful daughters.

  • Charrlee D. says:

    My Dad was such a good guy. Best advice and hugs.

  • Ken Manfredi says:

    Al was such a generous and caring family man, businessman, and educator. Al, Bee & Jim game me my first job at Ramey’s House of Sports and it was truly a ‘friendly neighborhood business’. Al, along with Bee and Jim, always found a way to get the youth and weekend warriors of the Sacramento area outfitted and equipped for their athletic season. Not only did Al always take care of his customers, he treated his employees like family and took a genuine interest in their lives. My prayers are with Bee, Denise, Kristen, Charlee, Mandy and their families.

  • Kathy Goodwin says:

    My condolances to the entire Ramey family. May happy memories bring you comfort. Al Ramey was principal when I taught at Center Junior High. He gave support, humor, respect, advice, and strength to his staff. His kindness and commitment to learning will not be forgotten.

  • Mary Carmody says:

    I pray that you would all be comforted with your wonderful memories of him
    and knowing he is with Jesus and you will be reunited one day. Love you all ♥️
    Mary Carmody

  • Jan Hunt says:

    I met Al in high school but became best friends when I married his best friend. Al became the brother I never had, he was fun, generous and would give you the shirt off his back. He was a wonderful man, husband and father. I treasure the memories we made with our families and traveling together. My deepest condolences to his beautiful wife Bee and all his family, he will be so very missed by all who knew and loved him…Rest In Peace.

  • Glenda May says:

    I met Al and Bee as an usher at the convention center. It was always an enjoyable shift when they were working. Al will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to Bee and the family.

  • Jane sabo says:

    So very sorry to hear about Al’s passing. I worked with both Al and Bee down town. He was so kind and always patient with us newbie’s. He loved talking about his grandchildren was so sorry when they retired it just wasn’t the same. Gods blessings to you Bee and your lovely family.

  • Tom Paratore says:

    I knew Alan many years ago in the sixties and then reconnected in the eighties when I had a business relationship with him and Jim. Alan was just an all around “good guy.”
    Bee and family I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Bob and Julie Rose says:

    We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Al’s passing. Al, Bob and I all taught together at Rio Linda Jr. High 50 years ago. We spent many summers camping together, many July 4ths setting off fireworks, and many New Year’s Eves ringing in the coming year. This world was a better place with Al in it. Bee, may your memories bring you peace and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family.

  • Barbara Culbertson Rigler says:

    Bee and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the peace that surpasses all understanding fills your hearts.
    God bless you,

  • Joe and Linda Downing says:

    Ramey family – My heart is broken to hear Al has passed. We had so much fun at Norte. Remembering all the good times – like going “cowboying” in his dad’s big ol’ Pontiac – Al, Rod, Dale and me. I’m so glad we were able to see him at our 50th reunion. It was my privilege to have grown up with him.

    much love, Joe and Linda

  • Dennis Yeast says:

    He will be missed. I think we first met through our daughters, Mandy and Kelli and the softball teams but Al never made it soft. He was the Manager and always called me coach but he was the Coach. Our last encounter was at the Rivercats. Appropriate.
    Sandi and will miss him.

  • Toni Post says:

    Bee, I am so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was well respected and well liked and I enjoyed working with you both at the Convention Center. With a heavy heart, my condolences to you and the family.

  • Jenn and Dave Wolfe says:

    Dearest Ramey Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Al was a fixture of my childhood and made me feel like I was part of the family. He hired me for my first real job at Ramey’s House of Sports. He also helped my husband and I get into teaching. His example of kindness and helping others informs our lives as educators. He was such a good man. We send our love to you all.

  • Jim and Phyllis Edwards says:

    Dear Bee and family, We were so sorry to hear about Al. What a great guy. He was such a huge part of Jim’s young baseball life. He was a great coach and friend. We send you our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeffery T Lyon says:

    Words cannot express our deep sorrow for your loss.
    Our love and support forever,
    Jeff and Debbie Lyon

  • Jeanette Laprezioso says:

    I was lucky enough to teach with Al for 12 years at RLJH, beginning in 1971. Then he became vice principal, and he brought the same caring attitude to that job. V.P.’s don’t always have the love of students, but I never heard anyone complain about him. The comments from so many people summarize what he was like. Most sincere condolences to all his wonderful family.

  • Cece Linder says:

    Al was the principal at CJHS when I was hired as a noon duty aide. An opening came opening to be a Special Education Aide. I was interview by him for that job and got hired. He was a very kind and caring person. Will miss him. RIP Al

  • Chris Jones says:

    Al was a wonderful man to work for.
    He was my v p at Don Julio. He helped me greatly and most particularly when I quit smoking. He was generous with his time.

  • Ed killian says:

    Please send info when service will b held thankyou

  • Shelley Kirst Wright says:

    Mr.Ramey was an educator like no other. I was in his class in 8th grade. He got so mad at me he put me in a 3 sided desk and put it in the corner. I still would not quit talking. Lol. He finally gave up and went at it a different way. He bet me 50 dollars that I would not graduate high school, a bet he knew I would take very seriously. Over the next few years I had moved but came back frequently just to let him know I was still going to graduate. Which I did in 1981. Unfortunately he was unable to attend, he had jury duty, but he sent me a check for the 50 dollars. I will alway be so grateful to him. It is because of teachers like Mr Ramey, I chose to go back to school at the age of 55 and become a teacher. I graduate the end of 2021. If I am 1/2 the Educator he was, I will make my mark in the life of a student. God Bless you all my prayers are with you.

  • Amanda Brown says:

    Al’s memorial service is March 28th, 2021 Dante club in Sacramento at 1pm.

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