Ramsay Walker, almost always in partnership with his wife Bootsaba, has been one of the affordable housing movement’s most prolific volunteers — especially on the global scene as the Walkers were frequent Fuller Center Global Builders participants and team leaders.
In addition to Ramsay’s work in the U.S. that included service at six Millard Fuller Legacy Builds, he participated in more than 20 Fuller Center Global Builders trips — not counting his previous international volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. He helped build homes in such places as Nepal, Armenia, Sri Lanka, India, Peru, Bolivia, South Africa, Haiti and Thailand. The last country on that list was particularly special to Ramsay as “Boots” hailed from that country and always wanted to start a Fuller Center covenant partner in her hometown of Lampang. They did just that a few years ago.
It was while working in Thailand earlier this year that Ramsay suffered a major stroke whose complications led to his death over the weekend at his daughter’s home in Castle Rock, Colorado. Boots reports that Ramsay was surrounded by family when he passed away peacefully.
“Ramsay Walker has been a great friend to The Fuller Center,” Fuller Center President David Snell said. “With his wife, Boots, he has led countless Global Builders trips to sites around the world. Leading these trips is a challenge—for a week or so the leaders are responsible for making sure that the volunteers are housed, fed, transported, and safe, and that they get some good work done. What Ramsay brought to the task was a quiet sense of calm and a genial spirit. He led in ways that made the volunteers want to follow him. We feel a great sense of loss at his passing. We will long remember his contributions to our work.”
“No one who has worked with Boots and Ramsay can forget them,” said Fuller Center Vice President of Communications Chris Johnson, who went on a Global Builders trip to Nicaragua that included the Walkers. “Boots is this bundle of hard-driving energy while Ramsay was a little more mild-mannered as he went about his work, but they both have always shared a passion for helping people have decent places to live and exude this contagious joy in their service. Their personalities truly complemented each other so well and made them a great team in life and service. Ramsay’s gentle, reassuring smile will be missed but also remembered in so many corners of the world.”
A glimpse of Ramsay in action around the world: