April 24, 1929 - November 25, 2013 Alfredo "Hotcha" Fernandez Romero, 84, passed away peacefully in his home November 25th, after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was surrounded by his beloved family and now is survived by his devoted wife Rosa C. Romero, and his five children; Kathy Rose Bruther of Temecula CA, Keith Basilio Romero of North Hollywood CA, Dr. Kenneth Albert Romero, his wife Dr. Laura S. Romero of La Jolla CA, Karolyn Teresa Dulco, her husband Dan Dulco of Northridge CA, and Kyle A. Romero and his wife Julie M Romero of San Marco CA. Al, as he was known to his family, left behind 8 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Born to Basilio and Ester Romero in Miami, AZ on April 24th, 1929, he developed a lifelong love of sports, playing on his high school basketball team. Later he attended Arizona State University and shortly after, enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He was always proud of the time he served in the army. After returning home he married Rosa Campos-Ornelas on October 15th, 1956, and in 1958 moved to Southern California, where he raised his family and worked 35 years as a carpenter. He enjoyed his retirement years, continuing his woodworking craft by remodeling his home, playing golf with friends and tending to his much envied garden. He could always be found in his comfortable recliner cheering on his Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers and once upon a time, the Los Angeles Rams. His quick wit and one liners warmed and drew people to him, creating lifelong friends. Al could strike up a conversation with anyone and they would feel as though they'd known him forever. His kindness, generosity and warm smile will be missed by all who knew him. The celebration of Hotcha's life was held at Mission Hills Catholic Chapel and buried at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary on Saturday December 7th at 9 am. The Military Honor Guard was present to honor their fallen comrade.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 15, 2013