Norma and Eddie Ramirez receive a birthday cake on Saturday, October 4, 2014 during the Orange County’s eleventh annual Fall Dinner Dance at Meadowbrook in New Windsor, NY. Hudson Valley Press File / CHUCK STEWART, JR.

FISHKILL – Last Wednesday afternoon, Edwin “Eddie” Ramirez was killed in a car accident on Route 9D in Fishkill. State Police said Ramirez was driving in the southbound lane when the Chevrolet Equinox he was driving pulled into the northbound lane and pulled into a school bus for reasons unknown.

The accident occurred between Red Schoolhouse and Baxtertown Roads around 1:30 p.m. Paramedics pronounced Ramirez dead at the scene of the accident.

According to the Wappingers Central School District, there were no students on the bus at the time of the accident. The bus driver was rushed to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Ramirez was the CEO of R&M Promotions and Entertainment, which has hosted numerous Latin festivals in the Hudson Valley over the years.

Along with his wife Norma, he was also the founder of the Hudson Valley Latino Scholarship Program in 1991. For the past two decades, the two recognized between eight and ten students each year.

During the ceremony, students received a plaque, flowers and a cash award for their higher education. You would also hear inspirational words from a guest speaker.

“This is a different kind of scholarship,” said Eddie Ramirez during the 2019 annual awards ceremony. “As Latinos, we care about your education and see you as future leaders.”

The scholarship was one way the proud father and grandfather of the community and his wife could give something back. With his death, it is very likely that the scholarship will now bear his name.

A wake will be held on Wednesday, January 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Straub Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home at 55 E. Main St, Wappingers Falls

A Christian burial mass will be offered on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church at 11 Clinton Street in Wappingers Falls. The burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Wappingers Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hudson Valley Latino HS Scholarship Fund can be made online at www.rmpromotions.com.