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Brooklyn tough guy ‘Frenchie' Ramos dies at age 76, owner of old-school Williamsburg gym for more than four decades


Added 06-11-19 03:25:02pm EST - “"My father, he had a way with words," said his daughter Chary Mangual. "He was like the court jester, he made everybody smile. He was not rich by any means. But he was rich in love and friendship and people."” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Brooklyn tough guy ‘Frenchie’ Ramos dies at age 76, owner of old-school Williamsburg gym for more than four decades”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

For 43 years, the wizened owner of Brooklyn’s old-school “Frenchie’s Gym” served as trainer, mentor and guru for his loyal clientele — all at the bargain rate of $30 a month.

Santos “Frenchie” Ramos, 76, died Monday at Bellevue Hospital after suffering a heart attack, the final act in a rich life that turned the bald, goateed local fixture into a Williamsburg legend both inside and outside his ultra-retro fitness business: No TVs, no sauna, no Pilates classes, no air conditioners.

“My father, he had a way with words,” said his daughter Chary Mangual. “He was like the court jester, he made everybody smile. He was not rich by any means. But he was rich in love and friendship and people.”

The diminutive Ramos, in addition to operating the gym on Broadway near Marcy Ave., worked as a professional wrestling referee and won a cameo role in the short-lived FX Network boxing series “Lights Out.” A photo on the gym wall captured a buff Ramos posing during a 1991 body building competition in the Bronx.

But his spent most of his time, up to 14 hours a day, inside the bares-bones gym that he opened on April 1, 1976. Ramos arrived in Williamsburg 14 years earlier, a kid from Puerto Rico who grew up “with a sixth-grade education, and no shoes to wear to school,” his daughter recalled. “And he made a life for himself.”

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