Thomas James Romeo “Tom”, age 83, passed away peacefully on December 20th, 2018, surrounded by his family. Tom graduated from Metuchen High School and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University in 1957, where he was a proud member of Chi Phi Fraternity. He later earned his Master’s of Business Administration from Seton Hall University.
Tom was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Philomena and Joseph Romeo. He was a fanatic for the Brooklyn Dodgers (and later the New York Mets).
Some of Tom’s fondest memories came from his early days in Metuchen where he played on the high school football team and met the love of his life Dolores “Del” at Sheehy’s Ice Cream Shop. Tom and Del met in 1951 and were happily married for 60 years. Sadly, he lost the love of his life last year. Tom was also an avid fan of Rutgers basketball. He was a proud season ticket holder for over 40 years and regularly brought his children and grandchildren to games.
Over the course of Tom’s career, he was a financial director for several New Jersey hospitals and was the President of Roosevelt Hospital for more than a decade. He also served on the board of New Jersey Hospital Association.
Tom’s passions and interests included basketball, golf, and good food. Most important to Tom was spending time with his family members, who will dearly miss his famous lobster sauce this Christmas Eve.
He is survived by his loving children Thomas Romeo and his wife Suzanne of New Zealand, Catherine Hartigan and her husband Jack of Wilton, CT, Mary Chalker and her husband Brian of Bound Brook, NJ, and Nancy Pine and her husband Taylor of Freehold, NJ; grandchildren Taylor Pine, Will Hartigan, Thomas Chalker, Alexandra Chalker, Matthew Pine, Deborah House, and Christopher House; and great-grandchildren Gabriel Hawkings and Bessie Hawkings.
The Funeral will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at 9:45 am at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave (Rt.27) Metuchen, followed by a 10:15 am Funeral Mass at St. Francis Cathedral, Metuchen. Interment is in Hillside Cemetery, Metuchen.
Visitation is Wednesday 4-8pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Class of 1957 Scholarship Fund” to Rutgers University Foundation, 303 George Street, Suite 301, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.