Andrew Romero
1965 - 2019
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Andrew Romero

Andrew Romero, father, partner, brother, friend, uncle, competitor, mentor, traveler, carnivore, consumer of large amounts of food, and terrible singer passed away suddenly on, January 23, 2019. He was full of life and adventure. Andrew was born on September 19, 1965 in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The youngest of four siblings, his youth was surrounded by family and friends. He was known for his love of athletics. From neighborhood rivalries playing ping pong, to many high school athletics, Andrew was always involved in sports. His friends," The Animals" he made through his childhood remained his closest companions for life.

After high school, Andrew pursued a degree in criminal justice from the University of New Mexico. He loved Albuquerque and chose to make this his home. Andrew's love of sports continued into adulthood as he became involved in the tennis community, which soon became an important part of his life. He was involved with many leagues, friendly games, and tournaments. It was clear that this was his love and passion, and some of his most cherished friendships and relationships blossomed from his love of the game. Tennis was also a family game, and he enjoyed this as an opportunity to spend time with his siblings and friends. Through sand volleyball, he met Gale, the love of his life, and together they brought Nadalia into the world in 2009.

Andrew enjoyed a career with the government, from which he retired in 2017. Following his retirement, he very much enjoyed spending time playing tennis and pickle ball, perfecting making carne seca as well as expanding his love of coaching. He took an enormous pride in teaching his daughter and spending memorable hours on and off the court. Andrew loved the color turquoise & the Miami Dolphins.

Through his many friendships, Andrew had the opportunity to travel to new places. He traveled to Europe and across the country, always making sure to visit his loved ones and enjoy new experiences. He enjoyed traveling to Spain, Portugal and Morocco trying new cuisine, as well as taking his family to New York City for the Thanksgiving Day parade. He always wanted to visit Monte Carlo, which his family will now visit in his memory. Wherever Andrew went, he was sure to make new friends and memories.

Andrew was preceded in death by his parents, Atanacio and MaryLou Romero of Cuyamungue; his grandparents, George and Mary Ortiz, Jose and Lucinda Romero. He is remembered by his love, Gale Jancsics; daughter, Nadalia Romero; his best friend, Dennis Pollock; siblings Cindy (Mark) McNown, Beatrice Romero, Joseph (Jeanette) Romero; his niece, Camila (Robert) Maestas; and nephews, Joaquin Romero, Lucas Romero and Jesus Romero; as well as many uncles; aunts; and cousins. In-laws, Henry and Leslie Wheeler; Brother-in-laws, Steven, Glenn, Timothy, and Grant and; sister-in-law, Deborah and many nieces and nephews. Andrew left behind many close friends who were his family. He is very fondly remembered by all of the lives that he touched and his presence will be missed. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to the Mary Lou Romero Memorial Fund in care of the Alzheimer's Association, In addition, a foundation in Andrew's name is being established to provide tennis lessons and supplies to underprivileged children. Please visit our online guestbook for Andrew at

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 29, 2019.
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February 11, 2019
I heard of Andrew's passing from my sister, Anita, this morning. I am sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of our families growing up together. May the love of family and friends comfort you and yours during these difficult days, my most heartfelt condolences.
Lisa C.
February 11, 2019
I heard from my sister, Anita, of Andrew's passing. I am sorry for your loss. So many fond memories of our families together. It's terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family.
February 2, 2019
It was heartbreaking to hear about Andrew. I have great memories of him with all the family. Rocco and I send our condolences and love to all the family.
Analissa Martinez
January 31, 2019
Gale, Nadalia, and Romero family,
We are so sad to hear about the loss of Andrew. We so enjoyed watching him throughout the year teaching/playing tennis with Nadalia at Ventana Ranch. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers...please take good care.

Will and Lisa Blythe

PS We played tennis with you for a short time at the tennis club.
Lisa Blythe
January 31, 2019
I was so sad to hear of Andrew's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Andrew and will cherish my memories of knowing him. He was a great guy who deeply loved his family. My husband and I send our condolences and have you in our prayers.
Annie Candelaria
January 31, 2019
Deeply saddened to learn of the news about Andrew. It was a pleasure working with him and knowing him. Our family has Andrew's family in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott Burton
January 31, 2019
Gale, Nadalia and Romero Family--you have gained a Grand Angel memory of cheering on Nadalia & watching her run Andrew all over the court during practice.
Louise Palomo
January 30, 2019
My prayers go out to Andrew's family. Was saddened to hear of his passing today. He was a good friend to many and I consider myself lucky to have known him.

Rest in peace my friend...
Ed Viramontes
January 30, 2019
Dear Romero Family. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you all as small children and then as great grown ups. He had a full life and I know of Auntie LouLou and Uncle Atanacio's love for their family. They were probably there waiting to escort Andrew. God bless and comfort you all. Mary Ann Hoover Armijo and Frank Armijo
Mary Ann Armijo
January 30, 2019
Eddie and I are saddened to get the news about Andrew. To Cindy, Beatrice, JJ and all the family - know we are thinking of you and are with you in spirt.
Monica Martinez
January 30, 2019
Andrew was a constant and friendly presence at the Tennis Club of Albuquerque, on and off the court. Our family can't imagine a summer day going by without seeing his smile and engaging in friendly conversation. Watched many a great tennis match of his! We hold Gale, Nadalia and all of Andrew's friends and family in our hearts.

-Christie Marrs, Cameron Schafer and Henry Horstmann
January 29, 2019
Andrew was one of the good guys. You will be missed. Always your friend and colleague Loyola Garcia
January 29, 2019
I will always look back on our time spent together both on and off the tennis court with a great deal of fondness. Godspeed, my friend.
James Hilchen
January 29, 2019
You will be missed. Your family are in our prayers.
Mario Fulgenzi
January 29, 2019
Rest in Heavenly Peace Andrew! Thanks for the love you shared!
Love and prayers for those who will remember you always!
Monica Naranjo & family
Monica Naranjo
January 29, 2019
You will always live in our hearts and in our prayers. Always known Andrew as a kind man, he will be missed.
Michael Sanchez
January 29, 2019
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Michael Sanchez
January 29, 2019
2018 Pickleball game at Manzano Mesa.
M'Lee Beazley
January 29, 2019
2016 Pickleball game at Ventana.
M'Lee Beazley
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