Chron’s Dias: Ramirez’s death inconceivable

Chron editorial page editor John Diaz says he wonders if the Merc’s Rich Ramirez ever knew how much he was appreciated. Diaz writes about the painstaking work Ramirez did to organize the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention in San Jose, which took place a few days before he was found dead of an apparent suicide June 20. “The convention was a huge success and no one seemed to be having a better time than Rich when I caught up

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Rich Ramirez always said ‘Thank you’

Merc columnist L.A. Chung writes in today’s edition: Sometimes it takes an unexpected moment in our lives to cause us to stop and take stock. Slow down. Remember your family and friends, and what your community means . . . and your place in it. The death of a beloved colleague, Rich Ramirez [pictured], did that for me. Rich always said, “Thank you.” And more. Those few basics are universal and glue us together in this world. Rich remembered to

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Ramirez’s death brings outpouring of grief

Rich Ramirez’s unexpected death June 20 drew an outpouring of grief and fond reminiscing from friends and colleagues around the country, the Merc’s Brandon Bailey writes. In his 23 years at the Mercury News, where he was known for his wry smile and gentle manners, Ramirez held several positions as a reporter and editor. At times over the past 12 years his duties included sometimes thankless tasks, such as putting together a newsroom budget and dealing — always politely —

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Ramirez was job hunting before death

Merc Managing Editor David Satterfield tells E&P: “I dealt closely with Rich [Ramirez] Monday and Tuesday before his death. We had several conversations and he was troubled by some things. We talked at length about them. They were private matters unrelated to work. We had assured him that he was going to have a job at the newspaper after the layoffs.” The Merc said in a story Thursday that Executive Editor Carole Leigh Hutton had told Ramirez, 44, that his

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Merc veteran found dead, police investigate

Richard Ramirez, a top editor at the Mercury News, has been found dead in his home in Livermore, and police are investigating, the Merc reported. Ramirez, 44, came to the Mercury News in 1984 as an intern and went on to hold several positions, including reporter, assistant state editor and his most recent role as assistant to the executive editor. Executive Editor Carole Leigh Hutton said, “Rich’s death is a tragedy that has stunned all of us … He had

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