Robert A. Ramsay

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Robert Arthur Ramsay was born December 3, 1973 in Vancouver, WA to Donald Ramsay, and Mary Freeman. He is survived by his wife Samantha and two sons, Ryan (11), Reidar (8), his parents, his brother Matthew, and other immediate family. Rob was an incredibly loving father, husband, and friend. He demonstrated humility, generosity, kindness, and a general respect for all those around him.

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As a glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer survivor, he persevered and beat the odds to live 14 years after his diagnosis. Upon diagnosis in 2002, he had two craniotomies, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, all of whichresulted in occasional seizures.  On August 4th, he had a seizure which resulted in his death.Ramsay 2

Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University and played Cougar baseball. He went on to play professional baseball for eight years, two of which were with the Seattle Mariners. After retiring from baseball, he taught secondary education for three years and earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Idaho.  For the last four years he has been a stay at home father, enjoying time with his sons and supporting his wife.Ramsay 3

Grateful for the opportunity to fulfill his dream of playing major league baseball, he knew how to live in the moment and cherish each day. He loved golfing, fishing, hunting, and any other outdoor activities.  Family meant everything to him and he was thankful to have met the love of his life.  He enjoyed traveling and activities with his wife and two young boys, and truly knew how to live in the moment.  He touched many lives, and all who knew him have fond memories and many stories.  He is like no other, loved by all who have known him, and will be greatly missed.Ramsay 4

A Celebration of Rob’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday August 12, 2016 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in MoscowRamsay 5

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Visit his album to view pictures of Rob, wife, and two young boys.

20 Responses to Robert A. Ramsay

  1. Tom Freeman says:

    All of us at Bucket Bob’s rookie camp, CDF Landscape, will miss you. Great Man!! Great Family !!!

  2. Jack Graves says:

    To Don Ramsay and surviving family members, my deepest condolences. To have known Rob for a few short years during his youth was a joy. Having followed his baseball career and being distantly connected through his father Don, I am certain he will be missed by many. I will keep you Don and all of Rob’s immediate family in my prayers as you grieve the loss of a son, a father and a husband. God’s love to you all.

  3. Richie Sexson says:

    Good dude, great teammate! RIP cowboy!

  4. Carter masteraon says:

    A great and fun loving friend. Life was too short.

  5. Barbara L Grant says:

    Dear Samantha and family:
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband and your children’s father. I too am a Cougar and was so very proud of your husband and his love of family, baseball and life! As a student at Wazoo I spent so many days with my books on my lap doing homework while watching Bobo Brayton and his amazing teams play such great baseball. Sadly, I too know gliobastoma multiforme well as my dear Mom died as result of the same disease. My heart is heavy for you and your sons.

  6. Connie Peterson says:

    Samantha, I am devastated to read about Rob’s passing. You and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if I can help you with anything!

  7. Jesse jones says:

    was a great friend and loved by alot of people. Gone way to soon. I was honored to be a teammate and friend of yours. Now your pitching in heaven for the angels. R.I.P .

  8. Mike Teefy says:

    I coached Robert in 1989 on the Mid County JBR. I also watch him play for Mt View HS as he developed into the great baseball player he became and remember the great Senior Babe Ruth team of 1992 which won the World Series. But what I remember most about Robert was that he was the nicest and most respectful young man that I every coached. I remember once attending a Mariner game and I saw Robert and waved to him out by the bull pen. He walked over to me, we shook hands and chatted. I told him how proud we were of his success, but all he wanted to talk about was how my family and I were doing. He was the same individual I had first met when he was 15 and going to school with my son Kent. I am 70 I have only one baseball card on my book case and it is Robert’s. I have been involved in coaching youth baseball for over 45 years and I often use Robert as an example of how with practice, personal inner strength and effort you can achieve your dreams. How he worked in high school and college to be the best and that he achieved his dream of playing in the Majors. He is what all young men should strive to become a good person, spouse and father and friend to all who knew him.

  9. Jill Shultz says:

    Dear Samantha,
    We are holding you in our thoughts. A few years ago, we had a dinner together in Washington, D.C. and it was a cozy visit with you and Rob, one that we’ve very fondly remembered many times since. Rob was a great person, a wonderful family man, and an inspirational Coug. Terry has talked for years about how fun it was to watch Rob pitch at WSU and become the polished professional athlete he was. He is appreciated in so many ways. He’ll be missed.
    Hugs to you.
    Jill and Terry Shultz

  10. Tom and Marian Lodge says:

    Although our time with Robert was brief, it was sufficient to know him as a kind and loveable person.

  11. Rod Commons says:

    The Cougar Nation has lost a great friend and Cougar in Rob Ramsay. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rob’s family and many friends. Rob was one of the nicest players I worked with at WSU in addition to being an outstanding player. I know he was one of Bobo and Eileen Brayton’s favorite players and he returned their respect and love with many visits to the Red Cougar Ranch. Rob, RIP!

  12. Kenneth E. Herman says:

    To the family of Rob Ramsey: I (Ken) watched Rob when he played high school baseball and several of his games with the Mariners. I was shocked to learn of his passing. Rob was a gentleman and loved his family. May his soul rest in peace. Ken and Margaret Herman

  13. shannon bedard says:

    Dear Sam, boys, and loved ones,
    I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. I am sending you and yours wishes for peace and healing as you go through this terrible loss. Love, your cousin, Shannon Bedard

  14. Cheryl Olson says:

    Don and Mary ( Robert’s parents ) were friends of mine many years ago. Don was the best man at my wedding. I only knew Robert as a little boy. In reading about him, it sounds like he accomplished a lot and grew into a wonderful man in his unfairly short life. Samantha is lovely, and the boys are beautiful and precious. My heart goes out to all of you—I’m so very sorry—what horribly sad news. Much sympathy to you all.

  15. Leslie Wood says:

    My heartfelt prayers are sent to you, Sam, and your family. I have a fond memory of you and Rob graciously inviting us to stay at your place in Moscow when Ali was looking at colleges. Your and Rob’s enthusiasm was contagious about WSU. I am hoping fond memories of Rob give you and the boys strength and peace as well.

  16. Todd Barnard says:

    Rob was a great man and even better person. You will truly be missed!

    Rest in Peace.

    Todd Barnard

  17. Myran Julie Jarmon of Midland City, Al says:

    I read about the untimely death of Rob after just 42 short years of precious life and I wanted to express my feelings of sympathy for the Ramsay family. Most of us have seen this enemy death claim the lives of people dear to us. But Jehovah God (Psalms 83:18) promises to destroy this enemy, death, once and for all. Rev. 21: 4; tells us: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” (Isaiah 25: 8, 1 Corinthians 15: 26) For more comforting scriptures please visit: God’s kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises including the resurrection. (John 5: 28) I offer my sincere condolences to the family. Feel free to contact me at my email address:

  18. Caroline Dorey says:

    We met the quiet, friendly Robert when our son Matt joined him on the Ryder baseball team. Their three years together allowed all of us to become somewhat of a “family”. The Dorey family sends heartfelt support and condolences to Roberts’ family.

  19. Katy McCallum Sachse says:

    We were so very sorry to hear of Rob’s death. I have wonderful memories of your wedding and what fun it was to celebrate with you that day. All of you are in our prayers. – Pastor Katy McCallum Sachse

  20. John Mangold says:

    There hasn’t been a day since his passing that I haven’t paused to think about something he said or did. I was lucky to call him a friend since 7th grade. From Wy’East to MVHS to WSU we shared a lot of good times. I loved that guy. He was the best friend I ever had. RIP Ramjet!

    John Mangold

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