FOREST LAWN, CA — About 30 Keppel Elementary School
teachers, parents and students remembered their school custodian as a friend during his funeral Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park
, according to the Glendale News-Press.
Norman Ramos, 61, was found dead in his truck on July 25: Los Angeles County coroner''s officials said the cause of death continues to be investigated, but no foul play is suspected.
"He worked so hard for us, and always with that smile and he would say, ''Don''t worry, I will take care of it; you can count on me,'' and we always could," Principal Mary Mason said in her eulogy.
"Way more than his fantastic work ethic was Norman as a person — this is the Norman who changed our lives and made us better people for having known him," Mason added.
"He''s the first person I''ve ever had who wasn''t a teacher or an assistant who could educate me about something other than clean up your soup, or clean up after yourself," said Gabi Glassen, who was a fifth-grader at Keppel last year. "He inspired us."
Ramos worked the day shift, but was a jack of all trades: He''d spend days off getting students excited about solar energy, or attending workshops on the subject so he could help teachers, the article noted.
"We thank Norman for being part of our lives and teaching us through his daily example what really matters, and we are never going to forget. Thank you for sharing him with us," Mason concluded.