Robert F. Ramey passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Oct. 12, 2013. Robert was born on Sept. 10, 1952 in Glen Ridge, N.J. He graduated from Montclair High School and attended Wesley College, where he first met Bette Percival, his beloved wife of 38 years, in freshman biology class. Robert attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. where he competed on the sailing team and graduated with a degree in Ocean Engineering. Robert and Bette were married in 1975 at the Academy Chapel, and began their married life with an exit under crossed swords. After five years of active service at numerous stations along the east coast and Bermuda, Robert received an honorable discharge and although he loved the sea—happily—Vermont became the family’s much loved and permanent home. Robert is survived by his beloved wife Bette; his bright and beautiful daughter Megan; his talented and kind twin sons, Kyle and Cameron; his devoted mother Virginia; and his loyal four-footed companions, Olive and Miyu. Robert will be remembered for many endearing qualities, among them: his practical disposition, boundless curiosity, and innate ability to fix anything—from rooftop to road. He was a carpenter, electrician, plumber, mechanic, engineer, geologist, and chef. He could build a new kitchen or create a pillow pattern. When family or friends presented him with any problem—practical or personal—he would pull out all the stops to be of service. Whenever asked, Robert’s automatic response was: “Yes, let me work on it and I’ll get right back to you.” He loved to care for animals, study eastern philosophies, and enjoyed British comedy. However, most of all, Robert will be remembered for his kind and willing heart, his strong moral compass, and his ceaseless, wholehearted, and loving devotion to his wife and children. Robert ended every exchange with his children: “I love you and I am so proud of you.” All friends are welcome to join the Ramey family at an Open House Memorial Celebration of his life in the garden at their home in Saint George from 4-6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 19. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Robert with a gift may make a donation in his and Olive’s name to the Chittenden County Humane Society.