Romeo J. Ghamo

Romeo J. Ghamo, age 75, of Millcreek, passed on unexpectedly Monday, January 21, 2013 at UPMC Hamot. He was born in Erie on December 11, 1937, son of the late Michelangelo and Concettina Gallo Ghamo. Romeo retired as an inspector after working for 25 years in the Sewer and Water Dept. of Millcreek Township. He previously was the manager of the three Parks clothing stores and The Pantry in Erie, and had also worked as a car salesman at Pete Oatess Ford and Sandy's Auto Sales. His favorite place to be was with his family. He had a lifelong love of the Peninsula and could be found there daily on one of his motorcycles or bikes, which he enjoyed riding. Throughout his life he found great pleasure in restoring antique vehicles and bicycles, and hunting. He delighted in cooking the wonderful Italian cuisine he was raised on, and was extremely proud of his Italian heritage. Romeo had a passion for music. It was while as a student at East High School that he became a member of The Four Jokers, a doo-wop vocal group who performed at many of the high school dances and venues. They opened for The Four Coins when they performed in Erie at Rainbow Gardens. There was a joyous reunion in Heaven when Romeo went to his eternal home to forever be with his beloved Lord, Mama, Papa and sisters. He was grateful for the life and family his heavenly Father had blessed him with, and as his family we are truly the ones who were blessed to have him in our lives. Romeo is survived by six children, Valery Szumigala (Jim), Michael Ghamo, Anthony Ghamo (Stephanie), Romeo Ghamo, Sandra Taccone (John) and Charisma Ghamo; six grandchildren, granddaughters, Gina, Maria, Krysten, Karlie, Kamryn, and grandson, Michael, with whom he had a special relationship; brother, Dominick "Tony" Ghamo; sister, Angeline Osborne; his loving nieces and nephews and their families, especially his nephew, Jon Wolf. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary LeBeau, Annabelle Wolf and Theresa Jablonski. We thank his many dear friends for their devotion and friendship over the years. The family would also like to thank the very compassionate staff at UPMC Hamot for the heartfelt care given to their father. Friends will be received at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., West, 536 West 10th Street on Thursday from 3 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service there at 5 p.m. conducted by Reverend Gregory Majchrzak. Private interment, Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to John Kanzius Cancer Research, 130 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16501 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505. To send condolences, visit

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 23, 2013