Jimmy Romero

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JIMMY F. ROMERO MARCH 26, 1937- AUGUST 13, 2010 Age 73, a long time native and resident of Santa Fe, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2010, after a long and courageous battle against Cancer. He was the son of nationally famous traditional tinsmiths Emilio and Senaida Romero. In his own right, Jimmy was a popular and well-known tinsmith, having participated in the annual Spanish Market under the portal of the Palace of the Governors for over twenty years. The space where he sold his tinwork was at the entrance to the portal. Along with that of his parents, his work is in many private and museum collections throughout the Southwest, including the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. He has been featured in several books and articles, more particularly in the New Mexico Magazine. Early in his tinsmithing career, he demonstrated and taught tinwork to elementary school children. He participated in the New Mexico Arts Division apprenticeship program, mentoring his brother Ricardo in preparation for a show at the Governor's Gallery that year. Several years ago the City of Santa Fe commissioned him to create the beautiful tin panels on the façade walls of the Southside Santa Fe Public Library, which are now featured on their library cards. This outgoing, friendly and talented artist leaves behind a legacy of craftsmanship inspired by his parents and Spanish colonial tinsmiths from the late 1800s. Jimmy had fond memories of growing up on West Houghton Street in the South Capitol District of Santa Fe with seven brothers and sisters. The neighborhood was populated by grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. He attended Wood Gormley Elementary School, Harrington Junior High and Santa Fe High Schools. A sheet metal worker by trade, he was a long-standing member of Sheet metal Workers Local Union #49, having joined in 1958. He worked for Zia Company in Los Alamos until his retirement in 1981, after which he focused on following the family tradition begun by his parents in 1969. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emilio and Senaida Romero and his brother, Robert Bobby Romero. He is survived by his brother Emilio and wife Lorraine, Sister Anita Romero Jones and husband Jean, Rosalie Sacoman and husband Jim, Marie Romero Cash, and his younger brother, Ricardo Romero, who provided unwavering support and care for Jimmy during his long battle. Daughter, Andrea Romero Mills of Washington, DC, sons Christopher Sweeney, Steven Romero and Joseph Romero, along with three grandchildren. He is also survived by many special nephews and nieces, cousins and close friends, and his favorite dog, Molly. The family wishes to thank Dr. Scott Herbert and the staff of the New Mexico Cancer Care center and the Presbyterian Hospice team for the excellent and compassionate care provided to Jimmy. There will be a rosary and memorial service to honor his life and passing at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18th at Berardinelli Funeral Home, followed by private interment at Rosario Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a generous donation in Jimmy's name to: The Spanish Colonial Arts Society, P.O. Box 5378, Santa Fe, NM 87502.

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