Obituaries » ANTHONY J. ROMEO
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Anthony J. “Tony”, “TJ” Romeo, 43, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 6, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
Tony leaves behind his wife, Maryellen (Downey) Romeo, his young son, Anthony Jr., both of Worcester and his daughters, Antonia and Victoria Scott. He is survived by his brother, James ‘Jimmy’ Romeo and his wife Mabel and their children, Anthony and Bella of Worcester.
TJ was the son of the late James and Wendy (Burbo) Romeo. TJ is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. He shared a special bond with his Aunt Kathy Romeo and paternal grandmother Eleanor Rutkiewicz of Boynton Beach FL.
TJ was born and raised in the Vernon Hill section of Worcester. Attending Worcester schools and graduating from Anna Maria College. Communicant of St. John’s Church in Worcester. He worked in several areas of both business and the trades before realizing his dream and opening his own business Veterans Gutters in April 2020. Tony quickly built a successful operation and took great pride in his accomplishments. It is without a doubt that Tony’s outgoing, engaging personality likely sold just as many, if not more jobs than the service itself.
Tony was truly a one of kind person with a light and glow about him that made an impression wherever he went. Guaranteed that whenever Tony was on any of the vacations he enjoyed so much, when it came time to leave, a good portion of people working at surrounding businesses, staying at the hotel and everyone at Dunkin Donuts knew him by name. Tony could and would, strike up a conversation wherever he went. He had a zest for life, loved a good laugh and there was nothing like a well-executed prank that would send him into tear inducing hysterics.
He had a great passion for all things sport related whether spectating or participating. Playing softball for multiple leagues and teams over the past few years brought him an immense enjoyment, as he loved the competition, the camaraderie and the challenge of “smashing” the ball.
He was known for his sense of style with his seemingly endless rotation of t-shirts and baseball hats with matching sneakers. A big fan of Billy Joel, Tony was able realize two of his dreams when he attended a Billy Joel concert last summer on the field of his beloved Fenway Park. Tony was very well known and loved friend of Bill W. He was known for his love of God and to always be one to reach out to the newcomer. He was loved at his regular meetings and active in the program through sponsorship and service.
Lastly, Tony was all about the love and happiness of his family. Tony adored his wife Maryellen. They were two best friends who were each other’s missing piece to the puzzle, always both up for spontaneous adventures at the drop of a hat. His young son, Anthony Jr. was the light of his life and with whom he shared a special bond. The two Anthonys as Maryellen would call them loved to dress alike, they loved singing in the truck together, spent many a day together at Mimi’s pool or trampoline and many more days at the playground and park.
Tony also had a special bond with Anthony Jr’s “Mimi”, Allison Berryman, where he was often found dropping in for breakfast and some motherly advice. And lastly, Tony’s group of close friends whom he considered family, friends that he called daily at absurdly early times in the morning, friends he loved and would drop anything for, to help and they in return have done that in the days following his untimely death to support, assist and love his wife and son, who are forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers an account has been set up for Tony’s son. Donations may be made to Maryellen Romeo, For the Benefit of Anthony Romeo, Jr., at any Unibank location.
Calling hours are Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at DIRSA-MORIN FUNERAL HOME, 298 Grafton Street, Worcester. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020 at St. John’s Church, 40 Temple Street, Worcester. Those attending the Funeral Mass are kindly asked to meet directly at the Church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Current guidelines for capacity, wearing face coverings and social distancing will be followed.