RICARDO PATRICIO ROMERO Ricardo Patricio Romero, age 65, passed away suddenly on April 28, 2014. Born in Santa Fe on May 20, 1948, he was known as "Ricardo" to his friends and "Pat" to his family. After graduating from Santa Fe High School, Ricardo was proud to have served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam era, honorably discharged in 1970 as a Sergeant. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was looking forward to elk hunting season this year. He was a man of many talents, having studied Gemology and archaeology and participated in several excavations in the Quemado area. For several years he was caretaker of the Cash Ranch in Cerrillos, and then worked a number of years as a security guard at St. John's College. Following that, he apprenticed under his brother, Jimmy F. Romero, as a tinsmith, following the Romero family tradition of tinsmithing. Beginning in the spring of 2013, Ricardo fought a valiant battle against cancer and after completing a course of chemotherapy and radiation, had been in remission for several months. We are grateful for the excellent care he always received at St. Vincent's Hospital during his stays there, and for the compassionate care given at the Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center, in particular Doctors Chan and Goss, and the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. Ricardo was a friendly and compassionate person, often giving to others when he had little for himself. He was an avid reader and well versed in many subjects and enjoyed participating in discussions about any subject involving the military, guns, crime shows, gems, prehistoric artifacts, and extraterrestrial activity. He will be truly missed. On the day of his passing, a beautiful mourning dove landed on the roof of his porch and hung around for a while. Perhaps it was Ricardo stopping by to let us feel his presence at that moment and show us he had already embarked on a wonderful journey. The path one travels between life and death is not as important as the lessons learned on the walk. Ricardo faced each day with tremendous courage and great strength, imparting invaluable wisdom to those he left behind. He is preceded in death by his parents, award winning artists Emilio and Senaida Romero, brothers Robert Bobby Romero and Jimmy F. Romero, and his sister Anita F. Jones. He is survived by his son Rich Romero and wife Noel and their children; his daughter, Anastacia Romero; son Emilio Romero and family. Also surviving him are his siblings, Emilio E. Romero (Lorraine) and their children; Rosalie Sacoman (Jim) of Albuquerque and their children; Marie Romero Cash and her children, Audrey, Gregory and Anthony Lomayesva, for whom Pat had great fondness because of their ongoing support. He also leaves behind his brother-in-law Jean Jones, many special nephews and nieces, along with other relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place. A portion of his ashes will be scattered around the Pecos wilderness. On May 20th, 12 Noon, there will be a memorial gathering of family and friends at 295 Lomita, followed by interment at the National Cemetery at 2:15. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, 505-955-7931 or the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on May 16, 2014