John L. Ramsey, Rotary Club of Summerville (SC), served as District Governor in 2005-2006. John recently passed away and will be greatly missed. The following is his obituary.
John Lefferts Ramsey CHARLESTON – The earthly travels and adventures of John Lefferts Ramsey are complete, but he surely wanders in another realm; one which the prophet says cannot be corrupted by man! For the trumpet sounds, John has been summoned and is truly now at peace. John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Johanne Dunbar-Forbes Ramsey, daughter Ashley Lupo (David), three grandchildren, Ethan, Chase, and Reese, of Marco Island, and many cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, Sarah Lefferts Ramsey of Leesburg, Virginia, Reginald P. Ramsey of Cleveland, TN, his brother, Edmond R. Ramsey, of Miami, Florida and his son, Andrew Lefferts Ramsey of Charleston. John was born in Miami, Florida, a descendant of Dutch, English, and Scot pioneer families from the 17th and 18th centuries of New Amsterdam and the James River. His love of nature and travel was born in his childhood adventures in the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and in summer trips around the United States with his family. John was a graduate of Coral Gables High School (’63). He attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC, before receiving an appointment to West Point. A boxing injury led him to the University of Miami (’67), where he met his wife Johanne. His education continued at the University of Neufchatel, Switzerland and Georgetown University (M.A. ’68). Beginning in 1969, John began working for the newly formed Postal Service where he served in management positions at the national, regional, district, and sectional center levels, retiring after 32 years while serving as Postmaster of Summerville, SC in 2001. John’s most important impact was in his love for his family and in his love of learning, both of which he nourished through his vast travels, wildlife adventures, and service opportunities on five continents with his wife, children and grandchildren; John was a voracious learner, speaking several languages. John, a true believer in Service Above Self, was extremely active in Rotary International, serving as President of the Rotary Club of Summerville and Rotary International District Governor for District 7770. He and his wife gave greatly of their time, including giving polio vaccinations in rural India and support for orphanages in South Africa. In celebration of his heritage, John was a member of the MG Wm Moultrie Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Charleston where he served in a number of leadership positions, including President for several years and was selected to serve the State of South Carolina as State President of the Sons of the American Revolution. Services will be held at 10 A.M. Monday, October 10 at St. Timothy’s Anglican Catholic Church at 1900 Old Parsonage Road, Charleston. The family will receive those who wish to join them in celebrating John’s life at the Ramsey Family home at 32 Brisbane Drive, Charleston, SC, immediately following the service between 12:00 and 3 Monday afternoon. Interment will be held at the Adams Family Cemetery in Newton County, Georgia, at a later date. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ Charleston.