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James A. Romano Obituary
On the morning of March 1, 2013, we lost our most beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher and extraordinary man, James A. Romano, age 63, at Akron General Hospital.

Born in 1949 to Anna and Frank Romano, Jim grew up in Akron and graduated from Hoban High School in 1967, and from The University of Akron in 1971. He began his teaching career as a substitute teacher with Akron Public Schools and was hired fulltime in 1974. He spent the rest of his teaching career at Jennings Middle School, Buchtel High School and North High School where he made a difference in the lives of his students by opening their minds to higher goals and new adventures. I wish to share the following comments from his former students, family, and friends. "He will always be the best teacher, my first crush, and a very positive male inspiration at a time that I had none." "He touched many no matter ethnicity or beliefs, he asked, he listened, he gave honest feedback and most importantly we sincerely felt he cared." "Teachers do make a difference and that teacher was Mr. Romano." "He did more for me than I think he knew. I am the teacher that I am today because he showed me how to do it."

All who knew and loved him knew of his great passion for education, and politics, his dedication to his students, his ability to make us laugh ourselves silly, and most of all his love for his family.

Jim leaves behind his loving family, wife, Susan Griffin; daughters, Jamie Romano of Akron, and Jessica (William) Holcomb of Naples, Florida; grandson, Jordan Romano Edwards; and granddaughter, Jada Joy Romano; and granddaughter, Baby Girl Holcomb due this month; and sister, Cathy (Donald) Johnson. And last but not least his pets Ringo, Moogie, Gus and Fearless.

Per Jim's wishes he was cremated and his ashes will be taken to Florida where he loved to be near the ocean. Memorials in his name may be made to McDowell Cancer Center or Heaven Can Wait Pet Rescue and Adoptions.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 10, 2013
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