Ramon R. "Papo" Aymerich, 78, a Cuban refugee and former Catholic school Spanish teacher, died of a heart attack last Friday (Sept. 10, 1999) at his home in Miami.
Aymerich retired in 1986 after teaching Spanish for 12 years at Bishop Timon High School, where he was affectionately known as "Senor Ramon."
Earlier, he taught Spanish at Baker-Victory High School, Lackawanna, and worked in various capacities for Catholic Charities.
A native of the Isle of Pines, Cuba, Aymerich came to Buffalo in 1966 after fleeing Cuba with his family to gain religious freedom.
Before leaving his homeland, he had been jailed briefly for teaching religion in defiance of Fidel Castro's Communist regime.
After retiring to Miami, Aymerich served as a volunteer at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church food pantry, where he distributed food and clothing to poor people.
While living in Buffalo, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Aymerich is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Josefina Kotwick; a daughter, Josephine Garcia of Grand Island; three sons, the Rev. Ramon I. of Miami, Rafael of Rochester and Joaquin of Naples; a brother, Rafael of Havana; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday in Holy Comforter Church, Miami.