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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Vincent Susa from Santa Ana wrote on February 1, 2021 at 10:02 am
Uncle Romy was a natural charismatic charmer. At family events you knew almost immediately that Uncle Romy would come up to you and find a way to compliment you. His bright smile as he walked through the doorway would filter in a wave of positivity as he entered a room. He knew how to make people feel welcomed.

I found it curious and admirable how Uncle Romy always found the good qualities in people. I would come home from work, exhausted from the long day, and I would see him sitting on the kitchen table. The first thing he would say is “looking good Vince. You get a haircut? You working out? Let me have some of those muscles.” Those small affirmations meant a lot to me.

Uncle Romy valued creating genuine relationships and connections. Way back in high school my friends met Uncle Romy at a family function, and later at a church event. Upon meeting them I almost immediately knew he would welcome them with open arms and treat them like family. Some years passed, my friends and I went on to different universities, made other friends, and stopped coming by as often. But whenever I saw Uncle Romy he would ask “How is friend A and B doing? What are they up to now? Tell them I said hi.” It caught me off guard. He hadn’t seen them in so long, yet he was talking about them like it was only yesterday.

I believe that people come into your life to unconsciously teach, support, and challenge you. Uncle Romy knew how to live life with genuine authenticity and vigor. His life is a shining example of how to live life with love, how to genuinely care for each other unconditionally, and always take the opportunity to show your gratitude to those you care about.

Thank you for the lessons and examples you’ve taught me, Uncle Romy. You will be extremely missed, but know you are always loved.

I love you,
Vincent
Marieta De Jesus from Long Beach, California wrote on January 30, 2021 at 6:54 pm
My deepest sympathy to Nellie,Ria,Vicky and Veronica.
I miss Romy so much.A very good father,son,brother and
I will miss the messenger chats that we had sending me jokes and prayers.He sa he is a Eucharistic minister.I told him he will go to heaven kasi mabait siya.I will miss his happy face,his jokes.I know heaven gained another angel
Romy pray for us as we pray for you.Hug Jojo and Kuya Susing for me.Rest in peace with the Lord.
Rosario Williams from Rancho Santa Margarita wrote on January 29, 2021 at 3:04 pm
uncle romy will be greatly missed, his jokes and great smile and everything about him. wonderful memories!! thank you for being one of the best uncles.
we love you and will miss you.
love, rosario and joseph
Fidel Berdan from Sacramento wrote on January 27, 2021 at 7:18 pm
I am honored and blessed to have known Uncle Romy. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him. There were so many fond memories when I was with him. The one thing that stood out was when I visited him in Hermosa, Bataan. He showed me around the area and I fell in love with the place. Afterall, I was born in my Lolo and Lola's house just around the corner of his house. His positive influence on me at the time we were in Hermosa, made me want to retire there ( at least 8-9 months of the year ) and decided to build a retirement home. Thank you Uncle Romy for being a positive force in my life!
Fred Berdan from Williams wrote on January 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Thanks for making growing up easier Uncle Romy with your zest for life and positive outlook as a role model. Making it look easy and happy when the struggle is real . You will be missed... Fred
AJ Collado from Santa Ana wrote on January 26, 2021 at 9:20 pm
Uncle Romy was always super cheerful and always had this smile that was hard not to reciprocate. He genuinely cared about how your day was going and wanted to know more about it. I remember the times when we would have a family gathering (and the times when he would just come over to hang out with my dad) and he would ask "AJ how are the girls treating you?" at first I felt awkward because I didn't know how to respond but overtime I became more open to it, usually responding with something along the lines of "it's not going that great Uncle Romy." But even when I say something like that he always finds a way to lift my mood giving me one of his dad jokes or by saying something super cheesy and supportive. Uncle Romy I am going to miss the times when you ask me about my day or when you ask if I have a girlfriend and hope you're enjoying the parties up in Heaven!
Jania Collado from Irvine wrote on January 26, 2021 at 4:11 pm
My deepest condolences Lombo family. I could easily say that Uncle Romeo was one of my top favorite uncles and I'm going to miss him enormously. He was always that kind of uncle to instantly greet you right when you entered the door and always asked how your day was going. It's a weird thought to think that he's gone now but I bet the relatives are really partying it up now that he's in Heaven.
Kirsten Collado from Irvine wrote on January 26, 2021 at 4:03 pm
Your contagious smile is something I will never forget about you no matter what. To the big hugs you gave me whenever we saw each other and the never ending questions about the boys in my life, those moments will always be cherished in my heart. The one thing I admired the most about Uncle Romy was his never ending positive attitude whenever I was around him. Always cracking jokes to lighten people’s smiles and being able to make any new person feel welcomed at any family function. I’ll always miss you Uncle Romy 🤍
Al and Christine from Cypress, CA wrote on January 26, 2021 at 10:55 am
It broke my heart when I heard the news of your dads passing. He was one of my favorite uncles. So kind and helpful in any way. When i was little, I remembered the times when we were in the dance group and there would be tons of people in the crowd and we were kind of nervous, your Dad would reassure us and tell us just listen to the music and have fun dancing! And another time when I needed a haircut, my mom took me to your house and your Dad was kind enough to cut my hair. In the process, he kind of knicked my ear with the scissors making my ear bleed. I didnt think anything of it, until he said just put a bandaid on your ear and you will have all the girls talking to you asking what happend. Great memories. Your Dad was a great uncle to us and to everyone around him! He will be greatly missed but never forgotten🙏! We love you all!
Love always,
AL, Christine and kids
Leah Susa from Santa Ana wrote on January 25, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Uncle Romy always knew how to light up a room with his caring/easy-going personality, jokes, and unforgettable smile. Whenever he would come over for the holidays or to just visit us, he would always call me over and ask “So Leah, how are the boys treating you?” or tell me “You’re so pretty. Come here give me a hug.” I will never forget his tight hugs.

He really liked food too. Whenever I was home, I would sometimes see him picking up Uncle Edong to go out to eat together or he would come over and Uncle Edong would cook them up Maruchan Instant Noodles. He would sometimes ask me to go out to eat with him but I would always be busy with something. However, one day I took him up on his offer and went with Uncle Edong, Vincent, and him to eat at The Crab Cooker in Tustin. He was happy that we were able to go and spend time with him.

I remember as a little kid whenever I would go to Sunday Mass, I would get excited seeing Uncle Romy serve as one of the helpers. I would tell my mom, “It’s Uncle Romy!”. I would also try to go to him to receive the Body of Christ.

It was also always nice seeing him at holiday parties, birthdays, or random occasions. He was always smiling, talking to someone, or telling jokes to the little kids of the family. They won’t feel the same with him gone now. He’s in a better place now, eating and chatting away with Uncle Mayo. Rest in peace Uncle Romy. You’ll be missed dearly.
Arlene Advincula Ferrer from Riverside, CA wrote on January 25, 2021 at 5:59 pm
My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you, Auntie Nelly, Ria, Vicky, and Veronica. What a blessing it is to have had your family be part of our lives. It is true - Uncle Romy was such a kind and generous man. Though most of my memories of Uncle Romy are when I was much younger, they are vivid memories of what a loving and honorable man he was! He helped my dad get a job at Western Medical Center, which obviously positively impacted my dad's life and our lives. Uncle Romy always made us feel welcome when we tagged along with my cousin Michelle when she attended the Vicente Hermosa Family gatherings. His legacy will always be alive in the beautiful family he raised. Ria, Vicky, and Veronica, your dad loved you so much and was so proud of you! What a beautiful service you planned. This pandemic could not prevent the amazing love and energy felt the day of his service. Thank you for the honor of allowing us to be part of Uncle Romy's celebration of life. Rest in Peace, Uncle Romy!
Jasmine Villa-Stofko from Orange wrote on January 25, 2021 at 10:48 am
Dear Lombo family,
I am so sorry for your loss. It was so joyful to hear everyone's memories of Mr. Lombo during the memorial. What I remember most about Mr. Lombo was his kindness and never feeling judged. Whenever I had the chance to visit- it was always so fun to hear his stories and participate in whatever fun things were happening at the Lombo house. I am grateful to have these memories and hope to show the same warmth to any guests in my home. Mr. Lombo will truly be missed! So much love to all of you during this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Jasmine
Apolonio Susa from Santa Ana wrote on January 24, 2021 at 6:19 pm
I've known Manong Romy as a loving, happy, and humble family member that made him my model in upbringing my own family too.
Some of my most memorable thoughts about him is whenever he visited us for birthdays, Christmas, or any occasion he usually cracked jokes that everyone would laugh to. Also he would always ask every person, "Kumusta ka na?" to start off the conversation related to their family, work, etc. He loved to watch Filipino films at the theatre and invited me a couple of times. I remember there was this one time when we went to see a movie and it was only 8 people inside in which all of them were seniors. While driving to the theatre he loved to listen and sing along to old artists, such as Frank Sinatra and many more. Amongst his favorite foods he would like to eat lechon, pancit, eggroll, and akoy.
With these simple thoughts I will miss him forever. May his soul rest in peace and enjoy the ever lasting life in heaven.
Allan Advincula from Chino Hills wrote on January 24, 2021 at 4:34 pm
I will always remember Uncle Romy’s smile. He was such an easy going, fun loving guy, and very easy to talk to. For the longest time, I thought we were blood related, but I learned later that it was my cousin, Michelle De Jesus Fajardo, who was related to Uncle Romy. But Uncle Romy and Auntie Nelly were friends with my parents, and we’d see each other at parties back in the day. I am forever grateful to Uncle Romy for helping my dad get a job at Western Medical Center as a maintenance mechanic. Uncle Romy was a good man and I’m happy to have known him. I’m sure he and my dad are joking around together again in Heaven. Rest in Peace Uncle Romy! My deepest condolences go out to Auntie Nelly, Ria, Vicky, Veronica and the entire Lombo Family. God bless you all!
Cynthia Karimi from Irvine wrote on January 24, 2021 at 4:23 pm
I remember you as a child being so full of joy and positive energy, heaven is lucky to have you, my prayers and love, Cynthia
Ron Mendoza from Crewkerne, UK wrote on January 24, 2021 at 3:13 pm
Dearest Auntie Nellie, Ria, Vicky, Veronica, and beloved family,

On behalf of Carrie, Gracie, and Sophie, we would like to extend our heartfelt sorrow and continued prayers to all of you. Know that the love and comfort of our families will be with you always.
Please rest assured that God will continue to take care of your blessed family and that Uncle Romy is resting peacefully in Heaven, surrounded by our loved ones. I remember all the fun times I had when we would visit your mom and dad's house, playing in the backyard, curious of all the cool stuff your dad kept in the garage. I still remember a time when me and Rod noticed the punching bag hanging in the garage and begged Uncle Romy to show us some moves. Humble as he was, when he finally obliged we were simply awestruck that we had an uncle who could teach us martial arts. I'm not 100% certain, but for some reason I want to believe he may have even shown us how to do the splits! I can still picture the garden and the fruit trees your parents kept in the backyard, and yep I can still visualize the yellow Volvo in the driveway and his silly barrel man that sat on top of the piano. There once was a time during a rosary at your parents' house where I was playing in the front yard, dirtied my shoes and brought mud into the house. Rather than single me out, Uncle Romy quietly took me outside to help clean off my shoes and save me from embarrassment. I ran off to play video games with everyone not even realizing what he had done for me. I remember one particular Christmas Eve we spent at Inang and Lolo's house where that year we did some sort of Secret Santa thing. Uncle Romy handed me a large present that I quickly unwrapped, only to reveal that it was a big Pampers box. Hidden inside was a 49ers jacket that I had been begging my parents for. I can't remember a lot of things that I had wished for as a kid, but that night Uncle Romy had made my wish come true. These are just a few of the millions of genuine acts of kindness I remember about Uncle Romy. As a youth, I never gave a second thought to why our uncles did what they did or said what they said. Hindsight being what it is, I now understand that Uncle Romy was simply showing me how to grow up to be a genuine and kind person, and for that I can never be able to thank him enough. Uncle Romy's legacy will forever live in my thoughts, but if I had to focus on one characteristic, I can easily envision his high-cheeked smile that could soothe all your troubles away. His never-ending smile, continuous generosity, and devotion to his family, well that's an extraordinary recipe for an AMAZING person. Thank you Uncle Romy for being the example and paving a path for us to follow in life. Know that whenever you reach out your hand I will be here to "pagmamano" so that I can continue to receive your many blessings.

With loving memories,
Ron, Carrie, Gracie, and Sophie
Michelle and Todd Mcilwain from Mission Viejo wrote on January 23, 2021 at 7:41 pm
A smile is an act of love, shows kindness, welcomes others. That is what I remember most about Mr. Lombo. His sweet smile that lit up his eyes. A smile that welcomed me into his home and always made me feel like part of the family. When I hear his name, his smiling face is there. I know he is smiling down upon us. I pray his family finds peace and comfort at this difficult time. Mr. Lombo’s kindness and warmth is something I hope I show others while on this Earth. Much love to him and his dear family. 🙏❤️
Tess & Benjie Caisip from Phillips Ranch, Ca wrote on January 23, 2021 at 6:36 pm
We’re all saddened by your untimely joining our creator. Thank you Manong for being our friend & my kumpare. We will always treasure your friendship, kindness and generosity.. Have a happy reunion with your family in heaven and with the Lord🙏 Godspeed🙏
Marites from Newport Beach wrote on January 23, 2021 at 6:14 pm
Uncle Romy always had the funniest jokes and that's what brought laughter to family parties. One thing I always remember about Uncle Romy is that he always cared "Tess, how are you doing? Hows your job?" "Tess, Im glad you picked Ria as the Godmother of your daughter, remind me which daughter is she" LOL. Uncle Romy will be truly missed! My thoughts and prayers to Auntie Nellie, Ria, Vicki, and Veronica.
Paul and Maura Mendez from Tustin wrote on January 23, 2021 at 6:08 pm
This was a great tribute to Romeo. My family and I have known the Lombo family since 1987 when we attended St. Joseph's Catholic school in Santa Ana. We will always remember the Lombo family for their welcoming nature. My parents send their condolences and love. They always enjoyed seeing Romeo at St. Joseph's on Sunday's and remember the Lombo Family welcoming us to St. Joseph's when we attended school there. He will be missed but know his infectious hospitality and ability to make people feel welcome lives on through his immediate and extended family. May he rest in peace.
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.
Erica Falcis from Long Beach wrote on January 20, 2021 at 8:11 pm
Since the first day I met Romeo, he was shining like a bright light. I know him best through all of my classes he used to take when I first started out as a Bikram teacher. I appreciated the time I spent with him in my classes and outside at the studio, especially because he had such a warm presence and was always overflowing with kindness. In many ways during my interactions with him, he has taught me more about life and Yoga than I would teach my students. It breaks my heart that we lost him, but I’m also thankful for the place he’s in now where there is no more pain. Heaven has gained another angel and Light. I’m so thankful I got to know him during his time here.
Ron Kress from Garden Grove wrote on January 20, 2021 at 6:24 pm
Romeo and I worked in the same department at the hospital for over 30 years. He built, laminated and installed cabinetry throughout the building . He also fabricated solid surface countertops. He had a great sense of humor and work ethic. Always willing to help in any situation and we all admired and respected him. My most sincere condolences
Nestor D. Lim from Hermosa wrote on January 20, 2021 at 4:38 am
Koyang Romy, was what we grew up calling him, our neighbor in Burgos, always very cheerful and never forget his roots and took care of his family. I know he is a very helpful person, for I knew some of them. We were still kids when he left to work in Guam. Last time we met was during the wake of Ate Mely, The news of his death really surprised me and was very sad learning about it. I pray that his soul finds peace and happiness to a place ahead of us all.
Tiffany Yu from Los Angeles wrote on January 19, 2021 at 9:54 pm
I have such fond memories of visiting the house in Santa Ana and feeling the warmth inside the house. Everything from the smell of the kitchen to the sounds from the TV (with a game show on). Romeo Lombo was always so jovial and open from the moment I entered the house. I loved how Vee was always proud of him for attending and keeping with Yoga classes at times. I'm so saddened to hear the news of his passing. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Thinking of you all and sending warm thoughts.
Jason Victor Mendoza wrote on January 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm
I always considered Uncle Romy to be one of my favorite uncles. To be honest, I could never remember how our families were related, but he was always Uncle Romy. Even though I was always shy and quiet, he always came around to talk to me asking how I was, how my family was doing, and how my girlfriend was. He always had a very radiant smile and laughter so contagious. When I found out we were going to a family party being held at his and Auntie Nellie's house, I was always excited to go because I remembered there was a fun trampoline in the big backyard! One of the latest conversations I had with him was him asking if I still worked at the movie theater. I haven't worked there in over 6 years, but when he asked, it filled me up with joy because the minor detail I shared with him long ago, he still remembered. To me, he will always be remembered as the very happy, successful, fun-to-talk-to Uncle Romy with a beautiful family. Although I will always miss him, I know his soul will rest easily in peace with God in heaven.
Patrice Simon from Laguna Beach wrote on January 19, 2021 at 3:05 am
Feeling a great loss of a human spirit so full of joy and sweetness, remembering Romeo and his presence as one of my yoga students for many years in Costa Mesa makes me appreciate knowing him and his beautiful daughter and fellow yoga teacher, Veronica (Vee). Romeo's quiet, ALWAYS smiling and infectious laugh often turned difficult days into pure bliss when he came to class, most often late evenings. He was a dedicated student of the Bikram (hot) yoga technique. Kindness exuded from his gentle nature, He was always sweet, caring and never failed to ask how I was doing. A shining light. I'll remember him with great love and gratitude. My prayers are for the family. Love and Blessings, Patrice Simon