Friday, June 24, 2022
March 11, 1945 ~ June 9, 2022
Richard C Romano (Dick) died June 9, 2022. He was born March 11, 1945 at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City to Mary and Bruno Romano. He loved growing up in Rose Park and Bountiful with his siblings, JoAnn (Frank Knell), Mike (Carrie) and Corby (Kenna) and Carol (deceased). Dick’s Uncle Ted taught him how to play baseball, and they always shared a special bond.
Dick graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in 1963, where he made many lifelong friends. He attended the University of Utah while working at Sears, selling paint. He then stepped in to take over his father’s business as a private investigator and remained there his entire life, until 2015 when he was diagnosed with an injury-related degenerative neurological disease and transferred in a care center.
He married Janet Childers in 1965 and they had two beautiful children: Rich (Bridget Hintze) and Carrie (Anthony Cordova). His children and his three grandchildren Isabel and Simon Romano and Ellie Cordova were the light and the pride of his life. He often called them his greatest achievement. He enjoyed throwing parties and Sunday dinners for his family and friends. He loved Christmas and giving gifts to his loved ones. He found peace and joy at Lake Powell and went out most Fridays in the summer. He wasn’t the best boat driver but somehow we survived and many years of happy memories were made fishing, skiing and boating with friends and the family. He was proud of his Italian heritage and a highlight of his life was visiting his ancestral home in Italy, where he met his great aunt and uncle deleRosa.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Starks Funeral Home, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Please share your memories and photos with his family at www. starksfuneral.com.
Dick’s family is deeply grateful to Dr. Jacqueline Rohrer and Stacy Suzuki, Salt Lake County Aging Services, for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Ronald McDonald Charities Intermountain Area or the Kessler Foundation for Brain Injury Research.