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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

In Lieu of Flowers please send donations to Saint John Vianney Catholic Church in memory of Carlos E. Romero, M.D.

OBITUARY

Carlos Enrique Romero, M.D.

April 2, 1944September 7, 2019
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Carlos Enrique Romero, MD, passed away on September 7, 2019 in Houston, Texas at the age of 75, loved by his family and friends. He was a man filled with enthusiasm for life, friendship and the practice of medicine. A native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, his passion, drive and inexhaustible determination lead him to discover and live the American dream with his family in the great state of Texas. After graduating from the University of Guayaquil’s School of Medicine, he continued his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. His professional career allowed him to serve with dedication countless Houstonians in the demanding field of Anesthesiology.

His love of conversation, fellowship and building bridges across cultures served Dr. Romero well in his role as Honorary Consul of Ecuador in Houston. As a member of Houston’s Consular Corps for 34 years, he ceaselessly shared generous hospitality with Ecuadorians who traveled to Houston to receive world-class medical care.

He is survived by his wife and children. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church in memory of “Carlos E. Romero, MD” at 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, Texas 77079.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Cheryl Martin

September 15, 2019

Un paseo por las nubes.

Mi amigo intimo.

Vanessa Elizalde

September 12, 2019

Una sonrisa pura y constante, generosa, siempre ahí, dibujada en su cara. Que maravilloso hombre, dador de muchas esperanzas y valentía a los que la necesitaron en los momentos más difíciles y a todos sus amigos y los que pudimos conocerlo de alguna manera. Eso es invaluable. Mi muy sentido pésame a su familia y amigos, en especial a su esposa, hijos y JE Pernigotti su gran amigo.

Patricia Gras

September 11, 2019

Dr. Romero the kind man with an easy smile. He would light up the room wherever he went. He’ll be sorely missed. We all need people like him in our lives.

Jorge Ricardo Rendon

September 11, 2019

El Dr Carlos Romero fue mi compañero de colegio en Guayaquil y amigo de toda la vida, se caracterizaba por su espíritu de servicio y alegría de vivir
Será un ejemplo para las generaciones que continúen su labor
Solo se nos adelantó un poco, lo vamos a extrañar
Un saludo especial para Cecilia y sus hijos

Charles Foster

September 11, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Carlos Romero for several decades, both as a friend and colleague in the Consular Corps of Houston.

Carlos was a true friend, always had a kind word to say, and was always with his lovely wife Cecilia.

We shared many common interests including his home country of Ecuador, which I had visited on a number of occasions including the times I travelled there to climb some of the highest peaks in the Andes.

Carlos was a great professional and doctor, and a better husband, father, and friend.

He will be deeply missed!

Elizabeth Turner

September 11, 2019

Dr. Carlos Romero was a faithful supporter of the Taize Prayer at the Villa de Matel and in other churches in Houston. My husband Al and I will always be grateful for that. I am so glad that we have come to know his son Carlo, also as a dedicated Taize supporter, who spent time with the Taize Brothers in France. It is in loving memory of Dr. Romero that we send our condolences to the entire family.

Miranda Bailey

September 10, 2019

Dr. Romero always made my husband and me feel like family, simply Dr. Romero took time out of his busy schedule to check in on our first-adopted child, Emerson, as he recovered from multiple surgeries at Texas Children's Hospital--even though Dr. Romero was not Emerson's doctor. When my husband underwent a dangerous surgery in 2012, Dr. Romero was with me in the consultation area when the surgeon came out to inform me how everything went. He placed his hand on top of mine, to help calm my nerves, and reassured me that I could trust the surgeon's statements that all would be ok. Without Dr. Romero, I would have been alone during what, otherwise, would have been one of the most terrifying moments of my life. Although he was not the attending anesthesiologist, Dr. Romero provided double comfort--as both a father and a doctor. Despite his busy schedule, he returned to the recovery unit the next day to check on my husband's progress. He was just that kind of man! Although Dr. Romero spent only a matter of minutes with us during these difficult events, the impact of his selfless presence was timeless. His kind spirit, loving prayers, and sound intellect and judgment brought healing to us all. As Emerson prepares to undergo yet another surgery next month, Dr. Romero's physical absence (his distinct laugher; his light-footed way of walking--which was, indeed, as someone else has noted, ninja-like; and his melodic manner of speech) will be painfully noticed. But we know he will be there with us in spirit, as he will be for all who loved him and whom he loved. Dr. Romero's love (shared through his words as well as his deeds) has left a permanent mark on this world, and those of us who remain are all in a better place because he was here.

Charles Phan

September 10, 2019


In presence, he allayed fear, ensured safe journeys, and brought sweetness to caring

In absence, he accentuates longing, reminds meaningful living, and leaves quietness to memories

Tanya Island

September 10, 2019

I remember Dr. Romero as a real man of faith, with a heart of gold. As I reflect on my interactions with him, he was always serving people. He literally put himself last over and over, all the way to the end. He had such selflessness and truly did God's work here on Earth. He had so much energy, I'm pretty sure he could run circles around people half his age. The most important thing though, was his heart for people. Not a day would pass without him sharing a story of a person who was in the hospital that he knew or was assisting through the Consul. He loved helping people and trying to facilitate care. He laughed freely, smiled incessantly and had a light sense of humor. Your presence Dr Romero is literally gone, and we all miss the way you lit up the world. I know you're keeping Jesus company in heaven, without any work schedules to worry about or an iPhone to figure out. Much love and blessings to his wife and family... My family is praying for yours at this painful time

Mario Kapusta

September 10, 2019

I have not seen Carlos for a long time, since Spring Branch Htal. I will remember him as a friendly, cheerful friend and a very competent physician.
Warm regards to the family.
Mario