Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA


Alberti Romano

September 16, 1959July 5, 2019

Romano Alberti, 59, of Falls Church, passed away on the 5th of July, 2019.

Romano was born in Rome, Italy to Giacomo Alberti and Rosa Tito on September 16th, 1959. He was an animated hairstylist in Washington, DC, but more importantly— a loving husband, brother, son, and father.

He enjoyed soccer (football, as the Italians call it), wine, bread, and his beagle, Romeo. He spent his free time looking up new gadgets to purchase and yelling at the television when his team SS Lazio scored a goal, which in turn, caused Romeo to crawl under the bed.

A funeral service will be held at Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church on Tuesday, July 9th 2019 at 11:00am. A visitation will follow the service until 4 PM. Condolences and fond memories may be made at www.murphyfuneralhomes.com.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019


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Regina Hart

July 16, 2019

My prayers and condolences for Romano’s family and friends. I am so sad to hear of his untimely passing. My last appointment was on May 9th and I had no idea there were any health issues until I received the email from Molecule. I too have followed Romano from salon to salon, dating back to the Ritz. He was a fantastic stylist-one of a kind . Rest in peace.

Linda S

July 13, 2019

It's been over a week since I got the news I had been dreading, and still I am having trouble. Romano became my hairdresser when first Celina then Eugenio left the Watergate. He had just come to this Country and could barely speak English, often needing someone to help us communicate. Even with the language barrier, I knew I had found someone special and would be with him for a very long time. Somewhere during the past 25 years, I started referring to Romano as "the second most important man in my life" to which my husband would laughingly reply, "you can't fool me". Although we never saw each other outside of the hair salon, I grew to love Romano as a beloved brother.

Romano took my unruly, uncontrollable hair and turned it into something beautiful and even unusual at times. Everywhere I went over the last 25 years, people would compliment my hair. And even when I talked Romano into putting red highlights into my dark hair long before that became a commonplace fashion, people loved it. It was all the talent of Romano.

Besides being a fantastic hairdresser, he was smart, stylish, funny and fun-loving but most importantly kind. When my husband came down with a life-threatening and debilitating medical condition, Romano was compassionate and always trying to help make my life easier.

I last saw Romano at my 4 May hair appointment. We talked about how good he looked, how good he felt, how excited he was to be traveling to Italy in the next few weeks, how excited he was and proud to attend his daughter's graduation, and about how I couldn't wait to hear all about everything at my appointment in June. That never happened.

Romano, I am having much difficulty accepting that we will never have those conversations. But my loving memories of the 25 years you were in my life will never be forgotten, and so, as the Priest reminded us at your Celebration, you will remain in my heart forever.

May you rest in Peace. Thank you, my dear brother, Romano. Linda

Nada Mufarrij

July 11, 2019

Romano touched all our lives with his gentle soul, honesty, caring, big heart and, last but never least, his art. The last time I saw him a couple of months ago, we spoke and laughed a lot, more than any other time in the 17 years I have known him. I told him what my Mum would say about something we were both witnessing and he told me a few funny stories but more importantly that he was so excited to go see his Mum and Family. I felt that he was feeling upbeat that he finally beat the sickness. Of course, Swan, the love of his life featured everywhere in our conversation. I am sorry that it turned out that we were saying goodbye. Dear Romano, you will be sorely missed. I pray that you are in a much better place. May your soul Rest In Peace and May your memory be eternal. Nada

Missy Lishewski

July 10, 2019

Romano will be forever missed. I was so heartbroken to hear this sad news. He was the ultimate professional . He was a man of integrity, kindness, immense style. He will be forever missed by all of his clients. His bravery was commendable , his love of Italy shined in his entire being. Many condolences to his entire family .

Peter and Martha Large

July 9, 2019

Romano was a wonderful and talented hairstylist. He was the ultimate professional, but he was so much more than that.

He was a most generous and kind friend. We have shared many memorable moments with Romano and Swan in Washington DC, Italy, France and the UK. We will miss his friendship, and his enthusiasm for good food, fine wine and his love of soccer.

Above all, his bravery and determination in the face of illness defines his fine character. He has departed this world far too soon and before he could fulfil many of his dreams, including a return to an idyllic life in Italy with his loving wife Swan.

We are sure he will have found his heaven is cloaked in the white and blue of Lazio S.p.A.

God bless you Romano. We will miss you very much.

With love Martha and Peter

Guido Di Marzo

July 9, 2019

Non voglio usare tante parole credo che questa sia l’espressione migliore per salutarti siamo nati AMICI il tempo ci ha trasformato facendoci diventare “FRATELLI”mi mancherai AMICO MIO ciao Romano.

Mercia Stover

July 9, 2019

Memories last forever, never do they die. Friends stay together, never say goodbye.
Saying goodbye was the hardest thing to do. I never thought I would, especially not to you.
Life and destiny can steal my friend away from me but nothing can take .away the precious memories. Goodbye my friend. " arrivederci"
Swan! May memories of the fun you shared bring you gentle comfort.
So sorry for your loss.
May you find the strength to face tomorrow in the love that surrounds you today.

Maria Zelaya

July 8, 2019

My heart is broken , it’s very painful to lose not only a coworker but also a friend. It was an honor to have the opportunity to work by his side and Learn so much from Romano. I will miss you but of something I’m sure of you’ll always be in my heart. Friends for Ever

Celina Ponce

July 8, 2019

Caro amico
I will never forget a wonderful person
My heart is sore my head spins I don't want to believe that I won't see you around , but I'm happy to know that every single day for the rest of my life
I will see your art in my bedroom and in my garden I'll be enjoying the flowers and the shade of the three that is planted in your memory.
Thank you ROMANO for the sculpture

Meron Defar

July 8, 2019

I can't express enough the agony and heartbreak to lose a big brother, a friend and a coworker like you.
Amico mi manchi tanto!