OBITUARY

Robert John Romeo

May 24, 1922July 3, 2018
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Robert John Romeo was born on May 24, 1922 and passed away on July 3, 2018 in Mission Viejo, California.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Paul Romeo
  • Richard Romeo
  • Randy Romeo
  • Ryan Romeo
  • Jake Romeo
  • Austin Romeo

Services

  • Visitation & Rosary Service Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018
REMEMBERING

Robert John Romeo

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JoeAnn Bruzzo

July 13, 2018

Lorenzo and I met Robert when I began to work at Hoover with a new principal, Helen Romeo. I will miss Robert as I missed Helen; they were the most compassionate, loving, fair-minded and helpful couple that I have ever known. We spent many hours talking about religion, politics, education and life in general. Robert and Helen lived their lives in harmony and with loving kindness to all they met. Our lives were enriched through our friendship with them. Thank you so much for all the pictures you have included in this obituary. We are sorry for your loss. I know their memories will live with you forever.

Arnaud Mazet

July 13, 2018

I remember very well the first time I met Robert though I was a very young boy.
It was in 1976 in Carnac in the West of France. It was in a restaurant, I was at the next table with my mother and we talked a lot with Helen and him.
Two years after Helen and him invited us for a one month stay in Huntington Beach, in July. I remember like it was yesterday. It was lovely holidays. Helen and Robert visited us in France many times after and we have always been in touch since.
My friend, I will miss you a lot
Sincere condolences to all his family

Michael Barton

July 13, 2018

My relationship with Mr. Romeo began shortly before his precious Helen’s life ended. As their hospice chaplain I begin to Fall in love with these two beautiful people and what they stood for through the years. It’s been an honor these past many years to have called Mr. Romeo my friend and for me to remain to him what he referred to as his chaplain. He will be greatly missed!

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Biography

Robert John Romeo was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Robert will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       He was the son of Pompeo and Rose Romeo. Robert grew up in Alexandria Egypt and Italy.

      Robert was raised with one sibling. Denise. Robert was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, Robert had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Robert was an active child who Soccer and field hockey. He was a member of the soccer and field hockey team. In his spare time he liked reading, writing, and playing the violin. Robert's memorable achievements included winning numerous awards and medals for outstanding academic achievement. However, to Robert, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      A typical teenager, Robert had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Intituto Tecnico Supeirore in 1940. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was languages. Graduated in Accountancy and Languages.

      Robert enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Robert was able to manage the balancing act. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in in Hispanic-American Studies in two years instead of four from Stanford University in 1956 with Honors. He also pursued graduate school, earning his M. A. Work in History from Stanford University in 1957 with honors. He also worked toward his Ph. D. In History (23 units) from Stanford University in 1958. His favorite courses were history and language related. Robert also received his teaching credentials from San Jose State University. His favorite professor was Ronald Hilton. Robert won scholarships to Stanford University and completed his M. A. Thesis: "Roots of Argentine Nationalism 1810 - 1910". During his undergraduate and graduate work he was employed in the office of the School of Engineering transcribing for the Dean Dr. Frederick E. Terman and then later Provost of the University. He also paid his way through his graduate work translating, tutoring in French, Spanish, and Italian, typing manuscripts, theses, technical papers, doctoral dissertations, etc.

       Empathic and loyal, Robert was committed to making his new family happy.

      Robert worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Robert was blessed with four children., four sons, Tristan, Randy, Paul and Richard. Another blessing for Robert was the gift of four grandchildren and one great grandson., Ryan, Alyssa, Austin, and Jake. Dominic is his great grandson.

      Fortunately, Robert enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Robert worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was language professor. He was employed by various schools where he taught Spanish, French and Italian. His teaching experience was vast and included teaching at De Anza Jr. College, The Athenian School, and Saddleback High School. Robert always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

       During WWII Robert was an Internee in Fayed Internee Camp, Egypt where he was the Assistant Commandant 1943 - 1944. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      Robert enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were his love of languages, and travel. Robert spoke six languages fluently. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Robert found pleasure in sports. In high school, Robert played soccer and field hockey. In his college years, Robert continued to stay active by playing soccer with friends. Robert was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list were soccer, football, and tennis.

      Throughout his life, Robert was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Robert was a member of the soccer team and field hockey. In college, Robert was a Stanford Honor Student (1956); Sigma Delta Phi (Spanish Honorary Society - 1955, Phi Alpha Theta (History Honorary Society - 1956). Robert was a member of California State Department of Education French Bibliography Committee (two years between 1973 & 75), and Co-Chairperson FLAOC French Language Camp.

      Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Robert was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included his work in the for the preparation and publication of the "Bibliography of Instructional Materials for the Teaching of French: An Annotated Bibliography" 1977, and the preparation of Espanol Esencial y Conversacional, first manuscript (1979).

      Robert enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite travels included Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Greece, China, Japan, and Thailand.

      Robert was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Pepita, a Labrador Retriever German Shepard mix. They were best friends for 7. His family was rounded out by "Noodles" the family pet rescue dog.

      When Robert’s retirement finally arrived in June 1, 1987, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Laguna Niguel, California to be enjoy the ocean view. In retirement, he found new pleasure in using his computer to continue his study of languages and correspondence with his friends and relatives from around the world. Even in retirement, Robert continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Robert was active in his new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

      Robert passed away on July 3, 2018 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California. Robert fought a brave battle against complications due to injury. He is survived by his children Tristan, Randy, Paul, and Richard; his grandchildren Ryan, Austin, Alyssa and Jake; and his great grandson Dominic. Services were held at Mission Lutheran Church. Robert was laid to rest in Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.

      Simply stated, Robert was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Robert leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Robert John Romeo.




ROBERT JOHN ROMEO
MAY 24, 1922 - JULY 3, 2018

To family and friends who knew him best, Robert J. Romeo will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Robert was an Italian citizen who was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1922. He was the son of Pompeo and Rose Romeo, and brother to his sister Denise. He proudly received his U.S. Citizenship on February 5th, 1957.

As a young boy, Robert had a number of interests. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Robert was a member of the soccer and field hockey teams in high school. In his spare time he enjoyed reading and writing.

He graduated high school from Istituto Tecnico Supeirore in 1940 with multiple awards in outstanding academic achievement. After high school during WWII, Robert was an Internee in Fayed Internee Camp, Egypt for four years. After the war, Robert moved to South America (Argentina and Brazil), and then to the United States.

Robert earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1956 with Honors in Latin American Studies. He earned this degree in an impressive two years. He received his M.A. in History from Stanford University in 1957, also with Honors.

Robert was blessed with four sons from his first wife Kaye; Tristan, Randy, Paul and Richard. Robert worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. He was also blessed with the gift of four grandchildren and one great-grandson; Ryan, Alyssa, Austin, and Jake. Dominic is his great-grandson.

His favorite pursuits were his love of languages and travel. Robert was fluent in six languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arabic.

He worked diligently and succeeded in his career as an educator. He enjoyed sharing his love of languages with his students. He was employed by various schools through out California where he taught Spanish, French and Italian.

Robert married his second wife, Helen Theresa Garcia, on September 4, 1971 at St. Francis Church in Huntington Beach, California. Robert enjoyed traveling the world with his beloved Helen. Favorite travels included Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Greece, China, Japan, and Thailand.

Robert retired on June 1, 1987. He relocated to Laguna Niguel, California. In retirement, he enjoyed using his new computer to keep in touch with his friends and family around the world while also continuing to study languages and etymology.

Robert passed away on July 3, 2018 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California. He is survived by his children Tristan, Randy, Paul, and Richard; his grandchildren Ryan, Austin, Alyssa and Jake; and his great grandson Dominic.

Robert was a kind, intelligent, giving, and loving person who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as a vital part of their lives. He leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships, family, and many cherished memories. Robert often spoke about enjoying life to the fullest and most importantly…to love and be loved.