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Ramon Luis Jones, or “Cutty”, was called home by his Lord and Savior on Monday, October 11,2021. Born on March 19, 1983 in Boston, Massachusetts, Ramon was the only child born to the late Anita L. Jones and Stedman Bramble. Ramon was the apple of his mother’s eye. She encouraged his relationship with the Lord. When she began experiencing health problems similar to her own mother, the late, great Doris M. Jones, Ramon went to live with hisaunt, Patricia Ann Jones, or Patty Ann, whom he considered his second mother, when he was around seven years old. It washere at Aunt Pat’s house where his cousin Fulecia noticed his love for animals. Ramon loved animals! He could recall almost any animal’s general weight, natural habitat, how it hunted for food and attacked prey. Ramon had many animals of his own too, starting from a young age, including hamsters, birds, cats, dogs and snakes.
When Ramon was eighteen, he fell in-love with his best friend, Cori and together they produced Ramon’s eldest child, Aiyana, affectionately known as Yaya. Ramon’s spur-of-the-moment and fun-loving nature as well as his doting on and generosity towards their daughter are the things Cori will cherish most. Even as Ramon evolved in his manhood, these themes remained the same with all of his relationships.
Taneisha, the mother of his middle daughter, Diamond, was his next love, in his mid-twenties.Living together for several years on Burt Street in Dorchester were some of the happiest times of Ramon’s life. Driving the five-hour round trip journey to bring his daughter to Boston and getting her hair braided are examples of Ramon’s devotion to his children.
Jennifer, the mother of his youngest daughter, Janelle, was his final life partner. Ramon, or “Neighbor”, met Jennifer when he was thirty years old and they too, were inseparable. They lived together since Janelle’s birth and enjoyed watching NBAand NFL games and spending time with her family, both in Boston and in Honduras. During this time in 2017 when he was thirty-four, Ramon’s health began to decline. While battling for his life, he devoted nearly all of his time to his daughters, creating lasting memories.
Ramon loved fitted caps and sneakers and was an avid sports-lover. He attended NBA games at the Garden and later learned from a friend that a cameraman had panned past him during a game—he found a recording of the game and saved the clip of himself on TV! He loved fireworks, amusement parks, Christmas, taking the kids into the street to play games and taking the kids out to restaurants. With Ramon, you wished you were his kid.
Ramon spent summers in the backyard working with his uncle doing landscaping work, but Ramon was mainly self-employed, an entrepreneur, earning enough money to take care of his family, travel internationally and eventually purchase his prized Mercedes Benz.
Ramon leaves to cherish his memory, his 3 daughters, Aiyana (14), Diamond (11) and Janelle (6) and their mothers, respectively, Cori, Taneisha and Jennifer, two great-aunts, three aunts, one uncle, godchildren, many cousins, a host of friends, including special friends, Day Day and Jeanette, Earl, Face, Kiya, Lil D, Mallshiff and Titi and also his beloved pets, his pup Silky and snake Psycho.
Smile to yourself and say “Yeah”, in your Cutty voice.