William “Bill” J. Ramey, former longtime Marina del Rey resident and active member of the community, died October 25th at his home in Temecula. He was 73.

Ramey was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 27th, 1936 and moved to California in the late 1940s.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an active member of the Force Recon and Marine Memorial Associations.

Ramey practiced law in the Los Angeles area since 1964, representing many law enforcement officers and fire department personnel, as well as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s union.

He previously served as president of the Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, was actively involved in the annual Marina del Rey boat shows, and took on a leadership role in the merger of the Marina del Rey Harbor Patrol and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, friends said.

For his many contributions to the community, he was awarded the “Citizen of the Year” Helmsman trophy in 1991.

Ramey also was an active boater and a longtime member of the California Yacht Club, participating in many of the local boating and racing events, including at the 1984 Olympics yacht racing venue in Long Beach.

Ramey is survived by his wife Irene; son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Andrea Ramey of Manhattan Beach; daughter Debbie Ramey Kaible and son-in-law Bob of Long Beach, New York; and grandchildren Dylan, Ryan, Caden and Colin.

In memory of Ramey, contributions may be made to Animal Friends of the Valleys, 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar, CA 92595.