Roman Szydlowski

22 May, 193520 March, 2021

Passed away peacefully on March 20th 2021 at St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Roman was widowed by his wife Joan Oleskevich and by his younger brother Ted. He is known by his friends as Romaine the magician. Roman was born in Montreal on May 22nd 1935 to John Szydlowski and Felixa Gralewicz. He retired in 2000 from Bombardier, Montreal. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will take place. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. Online condolences at


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Jenny Biernat

26 March 2021

I met Roman way back in the mid-1950's when visiting his Mom along with my Mom. He was a quiet person but always with a passion for magic. We met many years later when I hired him to entertain in a Seniors Home, the residents were spellbound as they watched his hands working out tricks of his trade along with the inter-action of his comedy skills being a ventriloquist. I enjoyed Roman's and Joan's company on the many occasions dining out and discovering new restaurants.

Today, I am thinking of them both, sitting back and enjoying a great bottle of wine. Bon Appetite !

Jenny Biernat

Derick Finn

25 March 2021

Romaine will definitely be missed, a good friend and always ready for a laugh or funny story.

Walter Kwong

24 March 2021

It was a shock to hear that Roman Szydlowski passed away on March 20, 2021 . It was too soon after his wife Joan passed.

Roman and Joan were like family to me. Roman always called me
his Twin Brother and after meeting Joan she was like a Dear Sister in- Law to me.

Dennis I'm so sorry for your losses. You and the old Ski house crew are so dear to me. You will always be like family. Love you all forever.

As always

Walter (aka Water).

Stan and Denise Tesher

24 March 2021

Huge loss to the magic community and we will miss a god friend. Photo from our house after the IBM convention in 1993.

Catherine MacDonald

24 March 2021

We shared many happy memories in your home and all the gardens you , Joan and Dennis worked on
The flowers are always beautiful, the river flowing over the rocks, and oh the sweet sound of all the different birds, dare I say you all created a heaven here on earth. My grandson and I loved the tranquil setting. Our friendship is one of my newer ones and I am so pleased you were in my life
Thank you for supporting Joan and I on all our adventures and challenging times. I know you are with Joan having that glass of wine at the Lords table. Rest In Peace Roman til we meet again

Louisa ad Eric Stephenson

23 March 2021

A wonderful caring man. As a magician he came to our Wednesday afternoon Seniors' Group and blew our minds with his magic tricks. One day a senior who was suffering from dementia and who never ever said a word shouted, "How did he do THAT?" which not only shocked but surprised us all and then gave us a good laugh. He had all the seniors up trying out the tricks. Good fun. He was a very learned man and could talk on any topic with great understanding and wisdom. He can now join his beloved wife Joan in Heaven. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Roman.

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