January 30, 1941 – November 18, 2020
Clarence “Lee” Romig, 79, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, in Tallahassee, FL, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Lee was born in Tallahassee, FL, on January 30, 1941, to Clarence G. Romig and Elizabeth A. Romig. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Julia (Judy) Thompson Romig, and his second wife, Christine Gail Romig.
He is survived by his children, Desmond (Desi) Tatilian (Vicki), Rixena (Ricki) Romig, and Vanessa Tatilian, all of Tallahassee. He is additionally survived by his brother, Bob Romig (Patty), also of Tallahassee, his eight grandchildren, Brooke Tatilian, Kelsey Dailey, Desmond (Des/Corbin) Tatilian, Jasmine Jones, Aidan Tatilian, Conner Dailey, Tyler Copeland, and Ashley Copeland, and several nieces and nephews.
Lee attended Leon High School, graduating in 1959, and joined the Army National Guard after graduation. He also attended Florida State University (FSU), where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. He graduated from FSU in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in accounting. He married Julia (Judy) Thompson Romig in 1964, moved to Miami, and began working for Florida Power & Light. In 1968, his Tallahassee roots brought him back home, where he began his life career with the State of Florida at the Florida Public Service Commission. He had been married to Judy for 21 years at the time of her death. He married Christine Gail Romig in 1985 and was married to Christine for 33 years at the time of her death.
Lee’s greatest love, besides family and his beloved Shih Tzu dog, Thai Thai, was FSU football. He held season tickets for many years and enjoyed tailgating with the same friends for many years in Lot 8 at the FSU stadium. In addition, he enjoyed traveling to our family’s vacation home in the mountains in Balsam, NC, and spending time with friends who also have homes in the small mountain community. He also enjoyed playing golf, or even just riding in the golfcart, with his son and his grandsons. The most beloved traditions in our family were family football gatherings and spending our Christmas holidays at our home in the mountains.
Our father was well loved by our family as well as many others who called him “Pop,” as he was affectionately known to his own grandchildren and to many others outside of our family. Lee never met a stranger in his life, and even enjoyed going to the grocery store, just so he could chat with people and swap stories.
The Tallahassee Killearn Lakes neighborhood street on which Lee and Christine lived for over 15 years is a very close-knit community that is more like family than just neighbors. Lee always enjoyed chatting and spending time with his Tallahassee neighbors, who knew his love for food and would often invite him over or drop off a delicious meal for him to enjoy. His family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for everything that all of the neighbors have done to help Lee, Christine, and our family over the years. There really are no words to adequately express our gratitude. We thank you and appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leon County Humane Society, in remembrance of our father and our family’s lifelong love of animals.
Additionally, we would be honored for friends and family to wear garnet and gold to our father’s visitation and to the funeral service. We believe that he would love for us to say our goodbyes representing his favorite team and alma mater.
The family will receive visitors on Friday, December 4, 2020, at Culley’s MeadowWood Timberlane Chapel from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery on Piedmont Drive. Both the visitation and the graveside services will be livestreamed via Culley's Facebook page, https://m.facebook.com/meadowwoodmemorialpark/. In light of COVID-19, the family would ask that everyone at the visitation and the funeral services practice social distancing and wear a face mask to help keep our family and friends safe during this difficult time.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home
November 24, 2020
Lee, you were always smiling when I saw and spoke with you! It was a pleasure talking to you and knowing how much you cared for your family, which is also part of my family!! You will be missed!
November 21, 2020
Lee, you will be missed so much! You have a kind gentle soul and it has been a pleasure being part of your extended family for so many years. May you rest in peace.