It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that our dear friend and member, Mr. Romeo Ethier, has left us. Romeo passed away Sunday at approximately 3pm after a very courageous battle with cancer. He had been undergoing treatments and remained positive, optimistic and in good spirits during these last few months.
Although I was not as close to Romeo as some, I knew him almost as long as I’ve lived in Massachusetts and he was a good friend that I will miss tremendously. He always had a positive attitude and I know that anyone who knew him would agree that Romeo could find good in any situation and never gave up on any project. He became our Kitchen Chairman shortly after joining us and made famous among the kitchen inner-circle the “7 Pot Gravy” that everyone loved at the Roast Beef Dinners that we served while he was cooking. He was a hard worker, despite his 75+ years on this Earth, and never asked anyone to do something he was not prepared to do himself.
Romeo also loved to fish and was affectionately named “The Fish Pig” because you could find him at the pond fishing just about every week. He and Bill Harney would get into contests to see who could catch more fish! Can you guess who won? In fact, he was there so often, he had a fishing pole and tackle box at the club, ready at a moments notice to sneak off to get his line wet in hopes of catching that monster trout when he was in the area after work.
This past Saturday at Member’s Nite, we took a collection and will be sending a basket to Romeo’s Family to help during this difficult time along with a card that was signed by all who attended.
I know that anyone that knew Romeo will miss him, as will I. At present, services are not finalized for Romeo, but as soon as more details are available, I will ask Chip to forward the information to everyone. Please keep Romeo in your prayers and heart these next few days. He will be missed greatly!