Ramon Isaac Novales 1940-2020. Ramon Novales (“Papa”) passed away quietly at home on Saturday, May 23, after a short period of declining health. He was born to Joaquin Novales and Regina Isaac in Quezon City, Philippines. He attended school in the Philippines and, in 1955, journeyed with his local Boy Scout troop via boat and train to the World Scout Jamboree in Canada, which sparked a lifelong love of travel. After returning to the Philippines to complete high school and college, he made his way back to the United States via Toronto, where he met and married Asta, his wife of 49 years. They moved to New York, where he dreamed of an office career in Manhattan before laying aside that goal to work a variety of jobs to help support his growing family, including typesetter, health aide at a community nursing home, and paralegal. In 2016, he retired to California to spend time with his grandchildren. Papa loved sailing, fishing, and crabbing. He was an avid reader and lifelong learner. He was a devoted patron of libraries -- first as a boy in post-war Philippines, where books were hard to come by, and later in his local library on Long Island. He spent hours at libraries and in bookstores, and he encouraged a love of reading in his children by bringing home bags of books for them to read. Papa always found new treasures to show his grandchildren: shells, trinkets -- almost anything could pique his curiosity and prompt an explanation as to how it worked or what its purpose was. He loved to read them stories and enthralled them by making sure no two readings were ever the same. Papa was also a firm believer in the promise of America and sponsored his parents and brothers so they, too, could experience the United States. Ramon is survived by his wife, Asta; children Ray (Brooke), Johanna, and Erik (Sandy); five brothers; and five grandchildren -- his “best little boys and girls,” as he fondly called them. Papa once wrote that he was quite taken by California as a young man, and he dreamed of being a “barefoot boy with cheek of tan … washing down barbecued clams with San Miguel Beer, in between moments of hanging ten, feeling the breeze on my ducktail.” Life took him to Long Island, “feeling for clams with my toes, my ducktail just a wistful memory. But no matter, I know someday I will be on my boat, with my best little boys and girls, watching the wind fill my genoa, while we all sail towards the sunset …. The Pacific is our ocean; its water flows in our veins.” Enjoy a cold one for us, Papa, and save us spaces on your boat until we see you again. Private interment will be at Oakmont Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amityville Public Library, 19 John Street, Amityville, NY 11701, in memory of Ramon I. Novales.
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