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May 22, 1936 - Feb. 11, 2014

Edward F. Romo, 77, a longtime resident of El Centro passed away in the loving presence of his wife and children of metastatic esophageal cancer on February 11, 2014 at the age of 77.
Edward was esteemed for his intellect, work ethic and his eternal devotion to his family. He was a selfless, kind, loving, private man that devoted his life shaping his children's character and morals. He was our hero and our father. He gave of himself unconditionally, and provided all of his children the love and guidance to succeed in life and taught us to be humble. Our dad was a devoted husband of 53 years to our mom, a father of 7 children and grandfather to 18 grandchildren. Edward instilled in his children that family, above all, is the greatest gift of all. Even in his last days of life, Edward still enjoyed the simple and most valuable things in his life his family.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather Donaciano Romo Romo; grandmother Eduarda Romo Romo; father, a classical pianist, Salvador Romo Romo; mother Maria De Franco Romo; and his sister Ernestina Ricca.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Teodomira Romo; brothers, Sergio Franco and Dr. Hugo Pretty; and sister Dr. Maria Romo; children, Edward Romo, Dr. Betsy Romo Lindbergh, Dr. Victor Romo, Johnny Romo, Lupe Romo Nunez, Elisabeth Romo Higginbotham and Teresa Romo Oehm; his 18 grandchildren whom he adored: Myles and Alyssa Matsuno, Kyle Lindbergh, Alynna Figueroa, Nicolas and Adeline Romo, Jacob and Lauren Nunez, Annisa, Frankie, Bella and Kaylee Castillo, Iann Oehm, Emily, Natalie, Mia, Logan and Julia Higginbotham.
A mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. The family requests a donation be made to the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert, 444 S. 8th Street, El Centro, CA 92243, in lieu of flowers. The family wishes to thank all the health care providers who cared for and gave wholeheartedly of themselves during our Dad's battle with cancer. We especially wish to thank Jeffrey Chan of Health Peak, who truly gave of himself every day selflessly. Our family truly is grateful and blessed to have had Jeffrey be our dad's life source. And we all wish to thank Dr. George Fareed for his daily visits to our dad's home; that gave him the hope of another day. It's been a long journey for us all and we all find peace knowing that our Dad is in a better place and starting anew. We will miss him always and hold him near to our hearts.

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2014
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