Ramon Grau, recently retired Supervisor of the Court Interpreters' Office, passed away on July 8th.
A soft spoken and kindly person, Ramon epitomized the old saying "still waters run deep".
We knew him for years, enthralled by his stories of living in Boston in the turbulent 1960's, and running a salon in Hollywood that sold concert tickets to all the major venues of the day. It was hard to stump Ramon when it came to identifying a major rock 'n' roll band he hadn't seen live.
It was just about two years ago when we bumped into him, ironically, at the Peter Pan Diner, and joined him for dinner. It was then Ramon casually opened up about his family history, blogged here. Despite descending from a former President of Cuba and calling the freedom fighting hero of the Pedro Pan movement "Dad", Ramon had never before let on concerning his famous lineage, or the struggles he endured caring for the transplanted family in Miami during his father's Cuban incarceration. Still waters run deep, indeed.
Ramon's quiet dignity is something we all can aspire to and remember. He will be greatly missed by so many.
From an email Peter Weinstein sent last week:
It is with great sadness that I share the news that Ramon Grau passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013. Mr. Grau started as a freelance Spanish interpreter for the 17th Circuit prior to joining the staff more than 16 years ago. He served as Supervisor of the Court Interpreter's office for the last several years. Mr. Grau retired on April 30, 2013.