JOSEPH JOHN RAMIA

Posted On April 30th, 2011 -

JOSEPH JOHN RAMIA
September 17, 1930-April 14 2011

Joe was a man well-loved by all that knew him. Fondly known to his staff and friends as “JR”, Joe was a man of good spirits, great humor and always welcomed you with a handshake and hand on the shoulder. He was generous, loyal, brilliant, and enjoyed a good laugh. Joe was a beloved father of six children and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Ramia, and four remaining children, Mark, Michele, Sean, and Christina. He was a faithful husband, caring brother, fun-loving uncle, and generous grandpa. Joe’s life was the culmination of the American Dream as he worked hard to make a success in life to share with his family. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Joe graduated with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from UC at Berkeley. After serving 2 years in the Army as a Staff Sgt. during the Korean War, Joe joined the Shell Company in Emeryville, CA. It was then that he saw the opportunity to get into home development with his brother-in-law. This led to building many homes in CA and ultimately a prominent position with Gentry Homes, Ltd., then a small company in Hawaii. With one trailer, one truck, and one secretary, Joe worked with Tom Gentry to make the company one of the most successful and thriving home builders in the islands. He found innovative ways to make affordable, good housing in a growing market and earned the position of President and CEO. Today, Joe’s legacy lives on with thousands of homeowners currently living in Gentry homes throughout the island of Oahu. Joe will always be with us in our hearts, minds and spirits forever. We all love you and miss you, Joe, and know you will be in peace now in the Kingdom of Heaven.


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran