Romeo Joaquin Lombo

3/26/1946 - 1/4/2021

Celebrating the Life of Romeo

On behalf of the Lombo family, we thank you for joining Romeo’s virtual memorial service and celebration of life on January 23, 2021. A replay of the service is available below for those who were unable to attend or who would like to revisit the beautiful memories shared live.

We also invite you to post your memories of Romeo in our Guest Book. If you would like to contact the family privately, please contact Veronica at mvclombo@gmail.com.

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Order of Service

Greeting and Introduction — Chris Downey
Opening Prayer — Rev. Efrain Flores, Pastor St. Joseph Catholic Church
Remembrances — Vince “Bong” Regala, Gloria Lombo Chen
Slideshow
Remembrances — Vicky Lombo Northup, Veronica Lombo
Slideshow
Remembrances — Grandchildren (Mason Chen, Drake Chen, Lenox Chen, Owen Northup, Evan Northup)
Open Remembrances
Introduction to Salamat Sa Iyo — Vince “Bong” Regala
Salamat Sa Iyo Open Singalong
Closing Prayer — Rev. Efrain Flores
Reception

Obituary

Romeo “Romy” Joaquin Lombo, husband of Nenita “Nellie” Collado Lombo, died aged 74, on January 4, 2021 at 7:53pm from complications due to COVID-19. He passed peacefully at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA surrounded by love and held by family members, while his favorite Elvis songs played in the background. 

Romeo was born on March 26, 1946 in Hermosa, Bataan, Philippines, the only son and youngest child of Hilaria Joaquin Lombo and Elizeo Lombo. His father passed when he was nearly a baby, so his mother raised him with the help of her sister, Julie, and his older sister, Mely. 

In school, Romeo played saxophone in the marching band. During a phone conversation with his daughter Veronica, he recalled that some of his fondest memories as a child were watching movies on the public television in the town square. He also told her a story about walking barefoot for hours with his friends to go to the mountain to pick fruits. He was so poor he could not afford shoes, but that didn’t stop him from having fun and enjoying life. 

In order to support his family, Romeo began working at the age of 16. In lieu of college, he attended trade school to become a carpenter. Years later, he left his hometown of Hermosa and moved to the island of Guam to work for his uncle Pantaleon Vicente’s construction company. Romeo relished in the disco age and embraced bell bottoms and dancing. While in Guam, he met the love of his life, Nellie Collado, in 1973. When asked by his daughter, Veronica, how he knew he wanted to marry her, Romeo replied, “Some things you just know, Vee.” Nellie and Romeo wed in Manila in 1974.

They gave birth to their first daughter, Gloria, in the Philippines in 1974 and their second, Victoria, in Guam in 1976. After discovering that Vicky was born with a thyroid condition, they traveled to Detroit, MI, where Nellie’s sister Mila lived so that Vicky could receive medical treatment as an infant. Shortly thereafter, Romeo and Nellie moved to southern California to be closer to members of Romeo’s extended family and live in warmer weather. His youngest daughter, Veronica, was born in California in 1986.

Romeo spent most of his career as a skilled carpenter at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, from which he retired in 2012. He was renowned for designing and building nursing stations at the hospital where everyone knew his name, his warm heart, and his smile.

A proud and involved father, Romeo was determined to provide for his family and give them opportunities he didn’t have and the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world. He often helped his daughters with their homework, making sure their handwriting was perfect and their numbers were placed in the correct place value columns. He also enjoyed chaperoning their school field trips, attending their extracurricular activities, and taking them out to eat after school.  When asked months before his passing about his regrets in life, he said he had none — being father to three beautiful and accomplished daughters brought him happiness beyond words.

Romeo was one of the founding members of the Hermosa Bataan Association of California, an organization dedicated to keeping the spirit of Hermosa alive since 1977. He served as President from 1989 to 1990 and received the Dugong Hermosa Award in 1999. Romeo was proud of being from Hermosa and proud of his Filipino heritage. He took pleasure in sharing Filipino food and culture with all those who knew him. He loved watching TFC (The Filipino Channel) and telling his daughters which celebrities were Filipino.

For many years, it was Romeo’s Saturday morning ritual to go for an oceanside jog in Newport Beach and pick up crabs from the local fish market for Nellie to cook at home. He had a black belt in Kung Fu, enjoyed playing tennis, and liked watching NBA games and cheering on his favorite team, the LA Lakers. 

He was also an adoring lolo (grandfather) to five grandchildren: Mason, Owen, Drake, Evan and Lenox. When his grandkids spent the night at his house, Lolo gave them full rein of the television and bought them McDonald’s and treats from the ice cream truck. He loved seeing them eat Filipino food like lumpia and spam and rice. 

As a man of faith, Romeo worked hard to send his children to Catholic school and attended rosaries with his family on weekends. He spent the last fifteen years of his life serving as a Eucharistic minister and assistant sacristan at St. Joseph Church, which he considered an honor and a blessing. 

Everyone who knew Romeo remembers him for his radiant smile, love of storytelling, welcoming demeanor, and sense of humor.  

Romeo is predeceased by his father Elizeo; his mother Hilaria; and his three sisters, Mercedes, Lucia, and Carmelita. 

He is survived by his wife, Nenita; by their daughters, Gloria Lombo Chen, Victoria Lombo Northup, and Maria Veronica Lombo; and sons-in-law Anthony C. Chen, Geoffrey Michael Northup, and James Henry Winslow; and by their grandchildren, Mason Julia Chen, Owen Lombo Northup, Drake Anthony Chen, Evan Michael Northup, and Lenox Paige Chen. 

Salamat Sa Iyo

By Vince "Bong" Regala

Salamat sa iyo literally means “thanks to you” in Tagalog. It is a song of praise, expressing thanks that is beyond measure, in appreciation of God’s unconditional love. This song is a favorite among Hermosa prayer groups that is typically sung at the end of the rosary.  Romy loved this song.

Eulogies

By Vince "Bong" Regala

Ating ipagdasal, kapatid nating namatay,
Romeo Lombo ng Burgos-Soliman.

I would like to thank the family for giving me the honor of speaking about Romy. I find it sad and disheartening, that this pandemic is depriving Romy of a traditional and personal remembrance that he deserves. If these were normal times, this memorial will be packed with people because Romy is respected and loved by so many.

We have lost a good friend in Romy. But the grief we feel pales in comparison to the sorrow of Nel who has lost a loving husband… Ria, Vicky and Veronica who have lost a caring father, and the grandchildren Mason, Drake, Lenox, Owen and Evan who have lost a super hero. Our hearts are deeply bruised, because he touched us with his humility and humanity. Our only solace now is to keep his presence in our memories. 

Romeo Joaquin Lombo was born in Hermosa, Bataan, on March 26th, 1946. He and older sister Mely were children to Eliseo Lombo and Hilaria Joaquin. Romy grew up without his father who passed away early. They did not have much, so even at a young age Romy was compelled to help provide for his family. He joined the local community band so he could help put food on the table. And since going to college was not an option, he went to a vocational school to learn a trade.  He worked in construction for several years until he was recruited by his uncle who was a contractor in Guam.  He worked there for a few years, met Nellie, and got married. 

Just like the stories of other first generation Filipino immigrants, Romy’s story was no different.  He and Nel left Guam to pursue a better life in America. Their first years were underscored by struggles and challenges.  Romy continued doing carpentry work, a field, I must say, that was thrust upon him, not by choice, but out of necessity. But with hard work and tenacity, he excelled at his field, achieving not only success but respect, recognition, and gratitude. Romy and Nel remained undaunted and unshakeable in their dream to give their children a better life than theirs.  And I firmly believe…they resoundingly achieved that goal!  

Romy was a happy man with a good sense of humor!  One of my favorite Romy story was when he went back to Hermosa for a vacation. He took home two boxes of pasalubong. The news spread like wildfire that he had arrived. They all rushed to Romy’s house, dead set on picking whatever goodie they could get their hands on.  Romy untied and opened the boxes and…one by one, the California t-shirts, the shoes, the corned beef, the M and Ms, the soap bars, and other items were quickly snatched away.  And when the smoke cleared, one slow elderly neighbor came… but Romy had nothing left to give him.  Romy said, “Aruy Tata Inggo paano ba yan, naubos ng lahat ang pasalubong, itong tali na lang ang natira.” But the old man quickly said, “Oh di yan na lang tali ang ibigay mo sa akin,” which Romy gladly obliged, with a big laugh!  Romy’s candy store had closed, but everybody in the whole neighborhood was happy, including the neighbor, who found use for the rope as a tether for his carabao. That…was pure, vintage Romy!  His core being was always defined by his big, generous, and giving heart!

Romy was a helpful person who always found time for others.  I am only one of the many recipients of his free and personalized service. He helped install my bathroom glass door, helped build my patio, and other carpentry work. To this day, I’m sure, you can still find Romy’s imprints in many Hermosa households.

When Romy left, a significant piece of us was sadly taken away because Romy represented the best in us. He embodied our good Hermosa values… like love of family, devotion to our faith, altruism, humility, and decency.

As we say goodbye to Romy, let us thank him for having brightened our lives, with his love and friendship. As we say goodbye to Romy, let us   honor him by not allowing his humanity to get lost in time and be forgotten.

So goodbye Romy… have a happy and wonderful reunion with your family.  Feel…at last, the tender embrace of your Tatang Eliseo, Nang Yayang, and Ating Mely.  But best of all, cherish a beginning of eternal rest, peace, joy, and glory with our Lord.  We love you… and we will miss you dearly.

By Gloria Lombo Chen

Thank you all for coming today. My Dad would have been really pleased to see so many of you here. He always did like celebrations and it is right that, on this day, of all days, we are celebrating him and his life. 

I admired my Dad on so many levels. As a father to a daughter he guided me down a righteous path, not only showing me the way but living it as well.

He would call me several times a week and the phone conversations always started with “Hi Dad, Hi Ri. How are you?” Then we would continue with family news. From there, my Dad would always ask how people in my life were doing. He always cared about others before himself. 

If I needed to learn the act of giving I just needed to watch my dad.

When my Dad would go on trips to his homeland, the Philippines, he always brought gifts “pasalubongs” for his friends and family. He would empty out his closet. As my Aunt would say “your Dad was friends with everyone. He never had an enemy.”  He would arrive with a full suitcase and come home with just the clothes he was wearing.

If I wanted to know the right thing to do, I only had to see my dad live his life.

He worked hard from a young age. “We came to the United States so you and your sisters can have better lives” he would say. As children, going to a university was always a given. It wasn’t something you questioned. My sisters and I were brought up to do well in school so we could be more successful than the last generation. Today, my husband Tony and I have continued to teach that message to our three children.

My Dad instilled in me so many great qualities, he especially taught all of us kindness. Pretty much anybody who encountered him could always see that there was still good left in the world. He was always smiling and everyone knew him as a jokester who was always willing to help someone in need.

I loved my Dad, and he knew it but I don’t think he knew how much he and our relationship meant to me. Let me just say, it meant the world to me. Without a doubt, my Dad was taken too soon. It devastated and shocked us all. But we can, we are and we will take comfort in the love that we share for each other as a family and that, my dad died with no regrets, a very loved man.

If you’re fortunate enough to be here with your dad, hug him, tell him you love him. If he’s not here with you, after this, call him. If your father has passed as mine has then feel every ounce of love he has surrounded you with. 

Dad please watch over us. We miss you. Mahal kita.

By Vicky Lombo Northup

One of the greatest gifts my parents gave me was the gift of education.  They sent me and my sisters to Catholic school because they wanted us to learn about Jesus’ love.  The elementary school that we attended, St. Joseph, stressed that a child’s primary teacher was their parent, and my dad, along with my mom,  took on that role. Although he himself did not have the opportunity to have a formal education, he instilled in my sisters and I lessons that we would use throughout our lives.

Through my dad’s modeling and tough love, we learned to work hard and have pride in our work.  I remember him measuring the plexiglass and wood carefully when he built cabinets around our house or for other projects he completed for others.  Before he played kickball with us after school, he helped me practice my handwriting. I remember him erasing a whole line of cursive l’s because they didn’t look like the model and didn’t have enough space between them.  Despite the tears I shed on those days, his insistence on perfection paid off, as people often compliment me on my neat writing to this day.

My dad also had a knack for remembering people’s names, which was helpful in cultivating relationships. One of his favorite activities was walking along the boardwalk at Newport Beach and then buying crabs afterwards. He befriended his favorite crab monger, Crabby Steve, and was able to relay his life story to me. Or, we’d run into people around town, and my dad would greet them by name, and always ask how they were doing, even if he had only met them a couple of times. I’m not sure how he remembered people’s names so well, but I’m grateful that I inherited this ability from him; it helps me as a teacher with over 70 students a year.

He was also known for his sense of humor. Despite having three daughters, he did not deprive us of his fart jokes. At a young age, I learned what “pull my finger” meant. And one thing he told us was  to never take responsibility for passing gas.

But, seriously, he always stressed the importance of family. When my sisters and I would argue, he would remind us not to do so, we’re family and we should always stick together. And, he was right, my sisters are my confidants and support system. I know they will help me, give me honest feedback, and love me unconditionally. I think he would be proud of us for working together and supporting each other during these difficult times.

Dad, I want you to know that I’m proud of you.  You’ve taught me the value of hard work, treating others kindly, and putting our family first.  I love you and will miss you greatly. 

By Veronica Lombo

Dear Dad,

A few months ago Henry and I were interviewed on podcast and the host asked me if I currently had a teacher. I said “No,” but that I learned from people and situations around me. If I could answer that question again, I would say that you are and have been my greatest teacher. 

As a child, you taught me how to do the Sunday morning word search in the newspaper. 

You used your Kung fu skills and taught me how to block and do chicken kicks and side kicks. 

From a young age, you taught me how to use a hammer, a drill, a philips screwdriver, and a flathead. 

Each time you squeezed me, smell kissed my face, and said “Bee, I lab you so much!” you taught me how to express love.

You picked me up from school everyday. You sat through my gymnastics and cheer practices. You came to my yoga classes and always set up in the back corner, giving me a thumbs up or a wink. You even watched my online meditations and messaged “Good job Vee” usually followed by a long string of emojis. Through all these, you were there for me and you taught me the value of consistency and unwavering support. 

When I got stressed out, you’d say, “Bee. You have to relax. Take it easy.” 

When driving in the car, you’d often turn to me at a red light, flash me a thumbs up and a smile and say “Cool man!” or “Bitchen!” 

When Uncle Mario passed, I said that I was sad and I felt like Mom was too. You said “Yeah it’s sad. Healing takes time. Day by day.” 

When we arrived at the hospital on the day you died, the ER nurse, Christine, told me how sweet you were and how your last words were, “Thank you.” Through this, you have reminded me of the importance of gratitude even in the most difficult of moments. Each morning when I wake up, I think of you, and the first words I say in my head and aloud, are “Thank you.” 

That night, I held your hand, played your favorite Elvis songs, and watched you take your last breath. In your passing, you showed me peace and surrender. 

So many friends and family have gathered to pray and to express support and in this you have shown me that love is all around me if I choose to receive it. 

When I read or hear memories people have shared about you, you have shown me how one person can have a profound effect on many people’s lives. 

You taught me that ultimately some things are out of our control and always said “When it’s your turn, it’s your turn.”

I guess it was your turn. My heart hurts that you are no longer with us in physical form, but I know that you are here and that your spirit will continue to live on. 

When I pick tangerines and give them away to loved ones, you give. 

When I make rice and measure it with my finger just like you taught me, you make rice. 

When I dance the hanky panky, the electric slide, or the cha cha, you dance.

When I sing in the shower or the car or use the karaoke machine, you sing. 

When I wear sweatpants, you wear sweatpants.

When I laugh, you laugh.

And when I smile, you smile. 

Thank you for the blessing of being your daughter and for the opportunity to be a part of your life. 

I love you.

Vee 

PS. I miss you. You always said, “Life isn’t always good time, good time. There are sad times. But when there is a sad time, be happy because the good time is coming.”

By Boy Vicente

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Maraming salamat po.

Love,
Ria, Vicky, and Veronica

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Frank, Venus, and Aiden Berdan from Benicia wrote on January 23, 2021 at 5:53 pm
My parents had 6 sons. My twin brother and I were born last of the Berdan sons. My parents were trying for a girl, but ended up with twin boys! Uncle Romy had three daughters and always wanted a son. Uncle Romy wanted to trade Small Vicky for me so that my mom can finally have a daughter and Uncle Romy can have a son! TRUE STORY!!!😜
Leto/Luz Saddi from Torrance wrote on January 23, 2021 at 5:50 pm
What we remember the most about Romy is how warm and welcoming he was along with his wife Nelia.. They always made sure to greet us at every Hermosa function with “Hi, kumusta na?” We were deeply saddened with the news of his sudden passing and were reminded of not only his kindness, but the kindness and warmth radiating from his whole family when they were all present at my son’s services back in 1992. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this difficult time.
Renteria Family from Newhall, CA wrote on January 23, 2021 at 5:27 pm
Lombo Family, we are so sorry for your loss, especially to Nelly and the Lombo sisters. We love you all so much and wish you peace in your Hearts, knowing Romeo is smiling down upon you.
David Navarro McDonald from Portland, OR wrote on January 23, 2021 at 4:48 pm
Rome will be incredibly missed. His smile is one that cannot be matched.

Whenever I would be over at the house, he wanted me to sing karaoke with him. One particular afternoon, we duet a catalog of Elvis songs. It was so fun. He was the ultimate duet partner.

Every time I hear Elvis, he floats to the forefront of my mind. For that, I'm grateful.

RIP Romeo
AnnaMarie from Bikram Yoga Camp Community wrote on January 23, 2021 at 4:41 pm
Romeo's smile shined from the inside out and would light up the hot yoga room with so much love and joy. We are all so blessed and grateful to Veronica for sharing your amazing dad with us. Love to all of you.
Celia L. Caisip from Ontario, California wrote on January 23, 2021 at 3:59 pm
Thoughts and prayers to Lombo Family. Will miss Romy for sure. His kindness and cheerful ways. You are now in reunion with Nang Yayang and Ate Mely. Rest in peace Meh!
Danny and Tomiko Garcia from Santa Ana wrote on January 23, 2021 at 3:40 pm
Romy was a very good friend, always smiling and happy talking to everyone. Never seen Romy sad or mad, only making people laugh. We are sadden when we heard the news of Romy. Our prayers and thoughts to the Lombo Family. We deeply missed him.
With Love Always,
Danny and Tomiko
Jessica Reid from El Dorado Hills, CA wrote on January 23, 2021 at 3:22 pm
Romeo's big contagious smile will forever reside in my heart. As a friend of Vee's from college, I always loved visiting the Lombo's, they never hesitated to make me feel right at home. Romeo would always ask me about my life and happiness, and whenever I saw him again it would be as if no time had passed and we picked up where we left off. I always felt better in their comforting home, with a belly full of delicious food and many heartfelt stories and laughter. So grateful for all of those moments shared with him. My heart goes out to his family he was so proud of, his beautiful spirit lives on in all of our hearts and your bright shining smiles.
Christal Truong from Garden Grove wrote on January 23, 2021 at 2:29 pm
Thank You Uncle Romy for the great memories and all the laughter. I remember as a kid coming over to the house for family parties and jumping on the trampoline and then coming inside listening to you sing karaoke. Those are the memories I’ll cherish forever. I will miss you always confusing me for my older sister, assuming I’m always her. You always message me asking about my family and grandparents making sure we were all doing great. Your kind-hearted soul will never be forgotten. I love you so much.
Christina Marie Truong from Santa Ana wrote on January 23, 2021 at 2:19 pm
Uncle Romy was such a bright light. He always welcomed my family and i into his home whenever there was a family function. We weren’t exactly blood, as all filipino families are, but that never mattered. As a kid, he used to always tell me that success takes hard work, and I carry that with me always. Uncle Romy always made sure the folks in his life were taken cared of and that they were loved by him. My condolences to him and his family. I shall always have y’all in my prayers.
Patrick Reynolds from Anaheim wrote on January 23, 2021 at 1:55 pm
I had the pleasure of meeting and working in the maintenance department with Romeo at Western Medical Center. He was a true friend and an excellent carpenter.
I will always remember him as being a happy guy. The lord truly blessed Romeo and you can see from his family that he harvested these blessings. At the hospital in the carpenter shop there was a large bench type work table where we would all take our breaks together with Romeo. When you work together you really get to know a person. Romeo would love to share stories with us of dancing with the stars over a cup of coffee. After Romeo retired the carpenter shop was closed and the bench where we’d take our breaks was taken apart and the workshop was converted..
We miss the sounds coming from the back carpenter shop. The smell of the wood being cut, the sound of Romeo loudly singing along with Frank Sinatra. That million dollar smile. His strong work ethic and his precision to detail that can never be matched.
If you were having a bad day he would do funny things that could really change your mood. He didn’t put up with bullies and didn’t take any crap. I remember one day in particular that him and another guy we call “tomato face” we’re having a “conversation”about carpentry. Later we heard some karate screaming and saw Romeo chasing that unlucky guy around the work table and off into the bathroom. Even at an old age Romeo was able to kick and break this wall shelf instead of tomato’s face. The next day they were friends again and were seen eating oranges together. We are going to miss you Señor.
Pato
Boyd H. Winslow from Richmond, VA wrote on January 23, 2021 at 9:08 am
I was fortunate to have gotten to know Romeo when Henry and Veronica invited me to their 1st Wedding Anniversary Celebration. I stayed for a few days at the Lombo's pleasant home on Eastside Ave. He and I became friends - 'brothers-in-law' - and communicated regularly thereafter. Nellie, of course, went off to work every day, and when she came home she was busy harvesting tangerines and other delights from her backyard garden of fruits. Romeo and I spent some relaxing days being proud of our young celebrants. We filled our time with talk of the Philippines and Hermosa. He gave me a copy of a book about the history of his hometown. He was amazed at my knowledge and interest in his homeland, which began when I was a child and was steeped in lore of the Philippines by my grandparents. Henry's great-grandfather Cecil Henry Winslow was a US Army officer and MacArthur attache in WWII. While spending time with Romeo, there was always the attractive lure of his beautifully maintained Mustang convertible for tours around Santa Ana, a visit to his church, and, topping the list, a drive along the beach - with the top down! We had a great time together and formed a bond that I have cherished.
Erma Braza from Huntington Beach wrote on January 22, 2021 at 8:44 pm
Mr. Lombo,
In my head, I can still hear your infectious laugh. You were always so kind and jolly. I hope you’re enjoying heaven ❤️
Anthony from Orange wrote on January 22, 2021 at 7:11 pm
Thank you Manong Romy Lombo for the indelible memories! Your infectious smile and laugh remains forever in our souls 😄 Thank you for all the Laker games, Boxing fights, & Late night Wrestling pay per views, that you've hosted with our family get-togethers. Thanks Manong for being Santa Claus 🎅 on Christmas 😊😃. From the wood-working, to your Kung Fu sessions in your garage (aka your workshop & dojo), I will always remember and cherish the pride you took in your carpentry projects and cultural history . To this day, I still share with others, some fun-facts of the Filipino Arts because of you. From Bruce Lee (Escrima), Steven Segal (Kali), to Tinikling Dancing (Arnis). I remember asking: 'tinikling? really manong??' . . . he chuckled and said: "you can use the bamboo pole as a weapon!" LOL

Thank you for engraving our hearts with your generous and loving spirit. Your daughters and grandchildren are a testament to that.
Amanda Kelley from Huntington Beach wrote on January 22, 2021 at 12:17 pm
I've known and loved the Lombo family since I was in elementary/middle school. Vee and I became fast friends through gymnastics and have always stayed in each others lives since then. Uncle Romeo and Tita Nellie were my chosen uncle and aunt! Uncle Romeo was always such a joy to be around and he had a bright, happy, vibrant personality. His love for Vee and his family was undeniable. I have fond memories of his smile and his friendly voice -- I have an especially clear memory of how he use to say Vee's name with so much love, "Bee." It's something I will never forget. Other great memories include sitting in their dining room or living room, hanging out while Filipino dramas played on the TV. I was always so comfortable in their home because Uncle Romeo and Tita Nellie were so welcoming. Uncle Romeo would check in on me every now and then on FB messenger by sending a Thumbs Up or a simple hello. He always cared about everyone. I'm forever thankful that Vee told me about his hospital stay and that I was able to text him with well wishes. That last communication with him means so much to me. I'm keeping the Lombo family so close to my heart and my thoughts. I wish I could give you all the biggest hugs. I love you all so much!
Jay Regala from Eastvale wrote on January 22, 2021 at 10:24 am
I felt a deep sadness upon learning about Tito Romy's passing. I have fond memories of him. At a young age, my family would often visit Tito Romy and Tita Nel's home, and I remember the heavy bag hanging in their side yard. It was revealed to me by his daughters that Tito Romy used it to practice his Kung Fu. Tito Romy even gifted me two Kung Fu magazines that I cherished and read over and over again. Tito Romy was not only a Master Martial Artist, he was a Master Carpenter, and he built many items for our family that exist still today. Whenever I saw Tito Romy at family gatherings or Hermosa events, he always approached me with a smile and asked how I was doing. I feel blessed that I was able to see him in person not too long ago. We had a good conversation, sharing some laughs about my long tenure at my career because he remembered when I first started at my job. I will cherish that conversation now more than ever because it was a culmination of the man I knew: compassionate, caring, and warm. He never failed to put a smile on my face. To Tita Nel, Ri, Vicks, and Vee, we share in your grief, and yet I can't help but feel how lucky we all are in having this man in our lives. I will miss my Tito Romy.
Cam Northup from Lomita, CA wrote on January 22, 2021 at 12:17 am
We will miss Romie and his love for his family. He welcomed us (through Geoff) into his family with a welcoming Smile and a barbeque. He loved his family and the Lakers. If he knew you, you were family. He will be missed, especially by his grandkids, and his daughters, Nellie and 3 son-in-laws. He will never be far because he is in your heart forever.
Lito Brizuela from Antipolo City, Philippines (formerly from Santa Ana, CA) wrote on January 21, 2021 at 2:21 pm
I met kuya Romy thru my families and we used to be neighbor's and a co-worker at WestMed Santa Ana and so with his wife Nelly. We never ran out of story when we see each other, it's mostly on sports like NBA or boxing if Pacquiao will have a fight... until now His signature ''smile'' will never be erased on my mind and heart... My sincere condolences to the Lombo Family! May He Rest In Peace.... Paalam!
Colt Rhoads from Huntington Beach wrote on January 21, 2021 at 11:33 am
Romeo always had a smile and was a joy to around. I worked with him for 20 years. He loved his craft and was the most talented carpenter I knew. He never shied away from a challenge and work very hard. We shared stories about our families and his homeland. He will be missed.
Maria Brizuela from New Lenox, IL wrote on January 20, 2021 at 10:06 pm
So sorry to hear of Kuya Roma’s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers for you at this time. RIP may the angels lead you into paradise.