Ramilo Ribeiro was born in Marilia on 4 March 1938. According to records I found at Santo Antonio's vestry he was baptized as Romiro Ribeiro on 29 May 1938, having Jose dos Santos as godfather and Ana Amelia as godmother.
Ramilo's mother Joana Ribeiro eventually married Joaquim Pavão de Oliveira aka as Quincas, who was my grandmother's Albina Rosa de Jesus's brother.
Albina Rosa de Jesus came from a large family in Sao Sebastião do Rio Bonito-RJ (now it is called Pentagna) and when she married Fernando Antonio Amorim, they moved to Ourinhos-SP in 1918, fleeing the Asian flu aka Spanish flu that had spread world-wide during the demobilization of troops that killed each other in Europe between 1914 and 1918.
Albina's baby sister Margarida and younger brother Quincas also made the trip to Ourinhos-SP and by 1933 everyone had re-located to Marilia where they lived in various places.
Quincas died on 11 August 1951, when he was only 43 years old and left Joana and Ramilo grieving.
Ramilo was 13 years old then. Mother & son shared a wooden-house on Rua Lima e Costa, 1075, with Margarida and her de-facto husband Domiciano, a half-breed from Ceará.
I remember visiting our second aunt Margarida (who was really my father João's aunt) in her shack on Rua Lima e Costa and then go around into the back of the lot to visit Joana who lived 'parede-meia'. They were all very poor but very friendly. My Mother always took some gifts and we sat down on tia Margarida's double-bed to talk. Margarida was a really thin woman, smoked straw cigarettes and had a funny laughter which mingled with her constant cough.
This was circa 1958 and Ramilo, who was 20 years old, was working as a shop assistant at Livraria Progresso, a great stationary place on Avenida Sampaio Vidal. (read further account below the photos).
Ramilo Ribeiro at Saint Anthony's vestry in 1956 (probably).
Ramilo Ribeiro as an altar-boy at Santo Antonio circa 1956.
altar boys leading the procession down Avenida Sampaio Vidal.
Ramilo swinging the chacoal incense holder - keeps on going ahead until theey will reach Sao Bento's cathedral.
Suddenly, in December 1960, when I was 11 years old, we left Marilia and moved to Sao Paulo. I never saw those extended-family relatives anymore. I visited Marilia in 1963, but there was no time to see everyone.
Joana Ribeiro died in 1964. Two years later, on 30 April 1966, tia Margarida died in a hospital so that family nucleus made up of 4 people - Joana, Ramilo, Margarida & Domiciano - came to an end.
Not long after Joana's death or even before she died, Ramilo found work in a government agency and moved to Sao Paulo. I remember meeting Ramilo by mere chance in front of Cine Ipiranga on a Sunday afternoon circa 1964 or 1965 when that area was really up-market.
Actually, a little before Joana died she had adopted a boy they called Luiz Carlos and when Ramilo moved to Sao Paulo, after his mother's death he brought Luiz Carlos along and raised him as his own son. From what I remember, Ramilo shared a place with Nersidio, a friend of his from Marilia who also worked for the same company that built roads in the state of Sao Paulo.
In the mid 1970s, I couldn't precise the year, Ramilo went missing. He wouldn't show up at his work, he wouldn't come home to the place he shared with Nersidio and Luiz Carlos.
After a week or so, my aunt Dulce Roza Amorim Coelho was notified by the Police and she went to Instituto Medico Legal to try and identify a body that had been found at Rio Pinheiros. Dulce told me the body was bloated and in an advanced state of putrefaction. She could not say for sure it was Ramilo's body but she had a hunch that it had to be it. And it must have been true because Ramilo never came back.