Donald Romeo, Dr
(1934 - 2012)

Profile:
Donald Romeo Dr
Nickname: Doc

Birth:
Massachusetts, United States of America
July 13, 1934

Passing:
Ft Lauderdale Florida, United States of America
November 23, 2012

Interests:
Gardening,Cooking, Photography,Exotic car club member,loved being a genuine "Mr. Fix it", being the Captain of his own boat, and piloting his own plane...Don was truly a man amongst men
Memorial
To Our Dear Friend Caryl:
We Have Composed This Memorial as a Tribute to Doc in Hopes That it Will Bring You Some Comfort. He Loved You so Very Much & Lived His Life to the Fullest..
We Love You
Attila & Austen

IN HONOR OF DONALD A. "DOC" ROMEO
"A Man Amongst Men"


SOUTH FLORIDA RESIDENT DONALD A. “DOC” ROMEO, A MAN OF THE WORLD – AN ACCOMPLISHED HUMANITARIAN AND MENTOR – PASSED AWAY IN HIS FT. LAUDERDALE FL. HOME, ON NOVEMBER 23, 2012 AFTER A VALIANT AND HEROIC BATTLE WITH LEUKEMIA BROUGHT ON BY MDS. DON WAS 78.

In great sadness for Don’s passing but in appreciation for his remarkable life, as a proud and distinguished man who left the world a richer place and in appreciation of his creating a common thread that binds all of us who he enriched by having known him. Don will be sadly missed however he will be fondly and forever remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, father-in-law, a grandfather, and a steadfast, loyal friend. His influence lives on in the unending contributions that flow from his distinctive life and character. Oh how we will miss “Doc’s” exuberant, vivacious intellect and magnanimous spirit. Today, in our book of life’s most precious memories; a significant and spirited page has gently turned for a man who was truly deeply admired and adored by his family, friends and all who knew him.

As we reflect on a brief yet compelling snapshot of the incredible life and times, of Doctor Donald A. “Doc” Romeo, a man who friends affectionately referred to as ‘Iron Man’ due to his iron will and brave, courageous spirit right up to the end, it seemed he was somehow sprinkled with the water from the spring of Eternal Youth and Good Fortune.

CURRICULUM VITAE
Upon first glance of the highly-impressive written description of Don’s work experience, educational background and skills, it becomes evident that he was an extraordinary man of great ambition, reach and achievement who truly mastered the art of living.
Doctor Donald A. “Doc” Romeo was born in North Adams, Massachusetts on July 13, 1934. Don attended Drury High School in North Adams and received his A.B. Degree, from St. Anslem’s College in 1956 graduating with a degree in DDS from the University of Maryland in 1962. Don served his internship and residency at New York’s Kings County Hospital from 1962-1963 and went on to Boston University’s school of dentistry in 1964. Don began his private practice of oral surgery in Norwood Massachusetts in 1965 and continued on until he retired 40 years later. Don was highly involved as an active member of the American Dental Association, New England’s Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesia, Flying Dentists Mission Tours to Honduras, Norfolk County Dental Society-Secretary & Treasure, the Metropolitan District Dental Society, Trustee of Norwood Hospital, Norwood Hospital Chief of Oral Surgery, and Don was on the Hospital staff of, Cardinal Cushing Hospital, Milford Hospital, and Glover Memorial Hospital. Don served as Sergeant of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and held the position of President for both the Norwood Camera Club and the Norwood Association. Don was also involved with The Knights of Don Orione Home, the Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association, and Don sat on the Board of Directors of The Flying Dentist Association, the Lions International and was an Executive Committee member of the Ancient Order of Quiet Birdman.

Said a friend close to the family… “Don was one of the most likeable people I have ever known, I was struck by his warm acceptance of any and all folks he met, finding the good in everyone…Don’s strong and unwavering bravado was profoundly respected during his life, and extends into eternity as; “A man amongst men”

HUMANITARIAN JOURNEYMAN
A humanitarian traveler before the phrase was even coined, over several years Doctor Donald Romeo and his team; The ‘Flying Dentists,’ made countless trips into the impoverished jungles deeply hidden inside the Third World country OF Honduras. In a collection of travel essays which Doctor Romeo chronicled by sharing with friends and family, he and the team prove these expeditions by compassionate doctors, without an agenda, who ventured far from tourist destinations in order to give critically needed dental aid to those in severe need. Doctor Romeo accompanied the missions and even piloted his own private plane that was filled to capacity with dental equipment and medical supplies as he was fully aware of the depth of health concerns surrounding the environment. Doctor Romeo seized the opportunity to aid in the relief, which often meant full mouth extractions. Although the hundreds of eager to seek Doctor Romeo’s care had limited to no exposure to dental treatment, they were very trusting of him and were very receptive and so very grateful to him for the vital and often life saving care they received. The hours were long and the patients were many, but this was a very rewarding and humbling experience for the Flying Dentist. To be able to utilize his training and his well-honed professional skills to help those less fortunate is an experience that he fondly cherished and we shall all remember and admire, as well as forever remembered by those he helped. Doctor Romeo continued to make extraordinary impacts on incalculable lives that he selflessly aided over the years.

HOBBIES
Don fostered an accepting and warm environment of creativity and appreciation for all things challenging and fun. At their summer home at the Cape, with his beautiful wife Caryl at his side, Don enjoyed racing around in his flashy ‘fly-yellow’ Ferrari with a license plate that read; ‘FLY ONE,’ which was an appropriate reference to being a pilot.

Don and Caryl enjoyed meeting other motoring enthusiast while attending numerous Ferrari meets held throughout the country. Don and Caryl equally enjoyed their winter maritime merriment aboard their boat; the “Lady Romeo,” which Don would Captain from the couple’s beautiful waterside South Florida residence.

As part of the Martha’s Vineyard Sports & Touring Club, Don and wife Caryl would tour in their impressive white convertible Corniche. The twosome would travel throughout New England in caravan excursions of twenty or more to the grouping.

Don’s passion for flying drew him to spend his weekends at his favorite hangout, the Norwood airport. Pilot Don, wife Caryl, and the gang would fly off to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Bahamas or anywhere they spontaneously desired. The prop-stop lunch spot at Norwood Airport was the choice place for Don and his buddies to gather.

Don, a true crossword connoisseur was hungry to jump into the challenge of even the most complex crosswords puzzles. The morning puzzles were an entertaining form of mental agility testing Don’s knowledge while honing and expanding his already impressive expertise of the English language. The crossword puzzles evoke wonderful images of Don diligently working on clues and never needing to rely on anyone to chime in with the hints or answers!

Don was a perfect host who genuinely enjoyed the company of friends and family. You couldn't enter the home without hearing Don’s trademark welcome of; “can I get you anything!?!”

Don took great pride, and savored various cuisines from establishments wherever he went whether at his favorite local haunts or from newly discovered tasty eateries located around the globe.

A true gourmand himself, Don was forever eager to discover a new food market! He could spend an entire afternoon like a kid at an amusement park on the hunt for the perfect ingredients and then prepare those finds in a meal fit for royalty!

Don AKA as the “Grill-Master” a nickname suitably given by his friends due to his grilling skills was without a doubt the envy of all backyard grillers. Friends attest there wasn’t anything that the “Grill-Master” couldn’t cook to perfection when he took command of the grill. He would touch his nose, chin, forehead to determine the fool-proof temperature to excellence!

Don reveled in sharing his mouth-watering culinary skills however he also enjoyed those belonging to friends and family. While tasting the homemade delectable’s by others, you could always count on Don to graciously and sincerely say; “that’s delicious, how did you make that!?!”

Don could virtually fix any repair needed whether indoors, outside or anywhere in-between. Don was so naturally skilled that he never needed to seek professional help with any matter of maintenance, mend or improvement. He freely and enthusiastically offered his time and fix-all skills to anyone in need.

Don was time and again praised for his supreme green-thumbed talents’ as the consummate gardener. His tomatoes were prize-worthy and virtually all things grown from the earth were quite easily accomplished by Don’s natural gift of garden mastery. Strolling through Don’s Cape Cod gardens is like strolling through a horticultural sanctuary of what seems like endless varieties of impressive plantings, which create an oasis of tranquility. At both of their homes, Don planted their gardens through his own stylish design and always kept meticulous maintenance over the couple’s stunning outdoor living spaces.

As President of the Norwood camera club, Don’s passion for taking photographs began to develop through his love of photographing his flowers. When Don mixed his love for flowers and photographic art the two became something magical. Eventually Caryl put Don’s artistic depictions into a botanical collage that remains a well-featured piece of artwork that Don proudly displayed in their home.

Don was always eager to get involved with a lively game of Lukow, which was an annual event, played on the sandy beach of their Cape Cod home… and Don wore the crown of the gracious champion many times over.

Don looked forward to his Sunday morning get-together with his group of pals known as the ‘Sunday Breakfast Club’…the Sunday gatherings at Ft. Lauderdale's Oceans restaurant was a tradition that spanned for decades.

GLOBETROTTING
Always curious about other countries and their cultures, Don, while an Executive Committee member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, which is the oldest chartered military organization in North America, Don visited numerous destinations around the world. On these globetrotting adventures, Don was found in the social circles of those belonging to top global leaders, royalty, heads of state, and other world notables. Don made many return trips to his favorite spots including his inherited origin homeland of Italy. His close friends recant tales of merely mentioning a trip in which Don would at the drop of a hat, immediately reply “let’s go” and he meant it!

A FINAL SUNSET
Don has traveled the world and has lived in locations that equate to paradise. No matter if Don was abroad or over-looking the spectacular waterfronts of his homes, he always looked forward to the majestic grandeur of the setting sun. Don would watch intently with his signature Bombay Sapphire Martini in hand, as he and Caryl would admire the brilliant hues of orange and pink flames would slowly dip under the horizon leaving a stunning golden path that appeared to lead from the glistening water straight into their home. Don has now followed that golden path into his next worldly journey as the sun has now set with the flames of someone who truly knew the rare gift of both loving and living life to the fullest.

Don passed peacefully in the comforts of his south Florida home on November 23, with his beloved wife Caryl at his side, and surrounded by his close friends. We are sure that our Iron man, our friend, father, grandfather and husband, is now looking upon all of us with his well-known expression of appreciation for all he loved by his simple, charming expression of; “That’s nifty!” …Rest in peace iron-man

Don is survived by his wife and companion Caryl; his son, William Romeo, daughter Jill Di Tommaso; and her husband Alain; and by his four grandchildren Jenna, Casey, Chloe, Sydney, whom Don dearly loved. Don is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and his feline family Cooper, Haute-shot, and also his glamorous pal named Peperoni who proceeded Don in death and is undoubtedly glad to have his buddy with him once more running through God's gardens.

CARYL WISHES TO THANK ALL OF THOSE WHO CARED FOR DON DURING HIS LAST FEW MONTHS AND ASKS THAT DONATIONS BE MADE TO BOSTON’S DANA FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE.

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November 25th, 2012
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"HI LIL D HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 24 FABULOUS MARRIED YEARS TOGETHER. COOPER AND CINNAMON SAY MEOW MEOW KISS AND HUG PEP AND HAUTE-SHOT FOR ME. MISS YOU TERRIBLY-- I LOVE YOU " MORE THAN LIFE" TILL WE MEET AGAIN GOD BLESS YOU XOXO"
YOUR LOVING WIFE, CARYL
September 10th, 2014
"DON, YOU ARE THE PUMPKIN IN MY PIE YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE YOU ARE THE BUTTER ON MY TOAST I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU THE MOST !!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MY LOVE, SO BLESSED TO BE WITH YOU FOR FORTY YEARS. MUCH LOVE ALWAYS"
YOUR LOVING WIFE ROMEO
September 10th, 2014
"Caryl looks back on your beautiful wedding day and remembers you smiling for twelve straight hours, how she wishes you were here to celebrate that memorable occasion with her and the kitty cats. You are missed by so many others as well."
Linda McNeill
September 10th, 2014
"You cannot even imagine how much your beloved Caryl misses you. She is truly an amazing woman and the two of you had such an awesome love story. She knows that you are looking down with your wonderful smile."
Red McNeill
September 8th, 2014
"Hi D, I Miss YOU Soooooo Much!! You are the smartest man I've ever met, how did you know how to do everything ? I really miss your everyday laughter and that wonderful smile when I would say Hi Cutie Pie. You will always be my whole world forever"
Caryl Romeo
December 12th, 2013
"Hello My Love,Just a note to say I Miss You More Than Ever!! Fl. is not the same without you, even tho your spirit is always with me, I long for your touch and forever smiling face.Knowing I will be with you again helps. FOREVER YOURS HEARTtoHEART"
CARYL ROMEO
December 7th, 2013
"HAPPY Birthday Don!! I hope Hauteshot baked you a really great cake and has poured you a birthday Martini so you can celebrate your amazinglife with us! HAPPY BIRTHDAY & give Hauteshot a big kiss from us!!"
Attila & Austen features
July 13th, 2013
"Happy Birthday Don, I am learning so much about your life together with your beautiful wife Caryl. You were truly an amazing man and you are certainly loved by many. You are missed more than you can possibly know."
Linda McNeill
July 13th, 2013
"Happy Birthday Don, I know you saw me writing your Happy Birthday Notes today on the beach today with red roses from your garden and blue hydranges..I picture Peperoni & Haute-Shot on your lap I miss you so very much!!! I Will Forever Love You"
Caryl Romeo
July 13th, 2013
"Love you Grampie!"
Chloe Di-Tommaso
December 4th, 2012

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