Lyons Trustee Ramirez dies

Lyons Trustee Ramirez dies

Village Hall closed, garbage service halted Monday

By Steve Metsch

The Lyons Village Hall will be closed Monday in respect to village Trustee Greg Ramirez, who died earlier this week, Mayor Christopher Getty said in a news release Thursday.

Garbage service in Lyons will also be suspended Monday, Getty said.

“Greg dedicated his life to public service, not only as a village trustee but as a Chicago police officer for 23 years,” Getty said.

“He was a loving father and grandfather, a dedicated member of our community, and a great friend to many of us in Lyons,” Getty added.



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Ramirez, 68, died Tuesday after a long fight with cancer. But he still showed up for village board meetings until a few months ago, using a walker and later a wheelchair.

Greg Ramirez died Jan. 22.


“Greg was a very good representative of the village. I enjoyed working with him. He and I went to a lot of events together because of his affliction. He was a good guy to work with,” Trustee Dan Hilker said Thursday.

It was Ramirez, Hilker said, who recommended that the village officials talk with James Keating, also formerly of the Chicago police, about becoming police chief in Lyons.

Keating got the job in 2016 and retired on Dec. 31.

Hilker smiled when recalling Ramirez.

“Did you ever see the movie ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ when George Kennedy’s character talked about how Luke passed? He said he probably had ‘that old Luke smile.’ That’s how I’m going to remember Greg, with that ‘old Greg smile,’ ” Hilker said Thursday.

“He was very sincere when it was business time, but socially, he always had that old Greg smile,” Hilker added.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Dalcamo Funeral Home, 470 W. 26th St. in Chicago.

After meeting at 9:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, a funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 653 W. 37th St. in Chicago.

Entombment will be at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation to are appreciated.

For more information, call 312-842-8681. You can visit to sign a guestbook.

— Desplaines Valley News


Steve Metsch

Steve Metsch is an award winning veteran reporter who previously worked for the Daily Southtown Newspapers, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Metsch is a writer and editor at the Southwest News Newspaper group based in suburban Chicago, and a freelance writer for a financial newsletter, a health magazine and the Naperville Sun.
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