Fire and Iron MC
Forever our Brother
Emotional day as we gathered together to pay tribute and say goodbye to Ralph “Papa Bear “ Velez. Fire&Iron presence was strong with Members from all parts of Region 1 and the Nation with Chapter 1 as well as Stations2,3,10,14,15,21,29,36,38,39,43,56,
113,147,202 and 1001 represented.
Rest In Peace.
VELEZ, Ralph 55, of Zephyrhills passed away peacefully at home Thursday, December 12, 2019. He was born June 22, 1964 in Hollywood, FL. He was preceded in death by his mother, Faye Velez. Ralph is survived by his wife of five years, Julie Velez; son, Kyle Velez (Megan); daughter, Kayla Velez; stepdaughters, Erica Lorenz, Lynae Lorenz, and Christina Lorenz; grandchildren, Conley Velez, Adalie Velez, and Addison Gyngard; brother, Raphael Velez (Norma); and sister, Nilda Velez. Ralph had a 29-year career as a Firefighter in Zephyrhills and retired in 2018 as a Battalion Chief. He was also a member of Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club since 2006. Funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday, Dec. 28, at New Walk Church in Zephyrhills. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Moffitt Cancer Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund or Gulfside Hospice. Whitfield Funeral Home
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 22, 2019
It is with deep regret to announce the passing of our Brother Ralph "Papa Bear" Velez. Ralph fought a valiant fight against cancer but was called home.
Ralph was a charter member of Station 43 joining the club in 2006. As the Region 1 Officer he was instrumental in expanding the club into both Mississippi and Alabama. He was also a driving force behind a ride which benefited the Children's Burn Foundation in Florida.
Ralph recently retired as a Battalion Chief after serving almost 30 years for the city of Zephyrhills, FL.
Please keep his wife Julie and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
You're still here in our hearts and minds,
still making us laugh because your stories live on.
We hold you in a thought and we can feel you.
We feel you and this gives us strength and courage.
The tears we have cried for you could flood the earth,
and I know you have wiped each one away.
For you Brother, we promise you this,
We will go on with our lives and make you proud.
We will always hold you in our hearts.
We promise you we will be missing you every day till the end of time,
but this is not our end and we can't hold our heads underwater.
We need to breathe.
We need to love and miss you,
but we also need to live because through us you will live,
you will still laugh and love,
you will still sing and dance,
you will still hug and kiss.
You will still ride along side us,
You will forever be in our lives,
you will forever be a Brother.
— with Ralph Velez.