Michael D. Romano 69
1950 - 2020
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Owner of Romano's Market


Michael D. Romano, 69, died Thursday, January 16, 2020 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester after an illness.

He leaves his wife, Sarah M. (Bradstreet) Romano; three sons, Joshua Romano of Townsend, Todd Romano of Stow, C.J. Romano of Fitchburg; one daughter, Andreana Benshoff of Alexandria, VA; nine grandchildren, Brendan, Laura, Isabelle, Kaylyn, Andrew, Mariana, Antonio, Ty and Tessa; one brother, Richard Romano; one sister Kim Handler and many cousins.

Mike was born in Fitchburg on December 18, 1950, a son of the late Armand "Bucky" and Mary "Babe" (Fenton) Romano. He was a 1969 graduate of Lunenburg High School. He was the owner and operator of his family's business Romano's Market in Fitchburg.

Mike lived in Lunenburg most of his life. He enjoyed gardening, working on his lawn, and morning coffee with his friends. He was an avid New England Sports fan and always generous with his time and support for local organizations and charities. He was a fixture at the store and in the community for decades. Above all, his family was the most important part of his life as he so loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and the Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 243 Water Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

His funeral and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mike's name to the Lunenburg Fire and Rescue, 655 Mass Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462 or

Fitchburg Fire Fighters Relief Fund, 33 North Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. or may be left at the funeral home.

For further information see www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net

John F. Masciarelli and Walter C. Taylor funeral directors.

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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Jan. 18, 2020.
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December 27, 2020
May God comfort and give you strength during your time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences, I am so sorry for your loss.
March 16, 2020
We offer our condolences to the Romano family.
My husband and I will miss the joking and teasing. The market was a wonderful friendly place. Mike's passing will leave a void in many lives.
Dorine & Ron Randall
January 25, 2020
Thanks, Mike, for treating each customer as a friend.

Leo and Rosalyn Piro
January 22, 2020
Such a great guy. Greeted every customer with a great smile and friendly manner.
Condolences to the family.
Paulette Beardmore Beardmore
January 22, 2020
We have been customers of Romanos for 35 years. Mike always had a smile and was a pleasure to do business with. He will be sorely missed by all of us who had the good fortune to know him.
Pat Capone
January 21, 2020
When my husband and I moved to Leominster from Pennsylvania 32 years ago, we were looking for a good meat market. My new neighbor recommended Romano's and that is where I first met Mike. Mike's market was just like the one my Grammy used in Little Italy in the coal regions of PA, but even better was the friendly manner Mike always showed to his customers. He always remembered my name and always asked about my kids. When I placed a meat order over the phone, he even guessed who I was before I had to say my name! My kids grew up and also visited Mike's shop - he would always tell me when they had been there before me. We are all sorry to hear of Mike's passing, but I'm guessing that God wanted him in heaven to cut him a perfect steak! The last time I was in Romano's, it was his birthday and the family was helping to get out meat orders and cut some cake. I offered to sing Happy Birthday to Mike, but he didn't want the fuss! So I'm going to sing for him anyway - at the Mass at Holy Family on the weekend before his next birthday! May Mike rest in peace and may the family find comfort in the many people who will fondly remember him!

Betsy and Steve
Betsy Fiedler
January 21, 2020
Dear Romano Family,
Our sincere condolences. The loss of a spouse and a parent is never easy for the family. May all of you be comforted by the many great memories you created through the years. We pray the Good Lord gives all of you the strength and comfort you need.
Margaret & Lou Nasti
York Beach
January 21, 2020
Dear Sarah and family,

Our family have been customers and a local town friend at the store for more than forty years. Mike will always be in our hearts. As you already know, he was a wonderful caring man and we will greatly miss him.

With deepest sympathy and our prayers for your family,

Mark, Sheryl and Ewen Family
Mark Ewen
January 21, 2020
Dear Sarah and family,

Our family have been customers and local town fiend at the store for more than forty years. Mike will always be in our hearts. As you already know, he was a wonderful caring man and we will greatly miss him.

With deepest sympathy and our prayers for your family,

Mark, Sheryl and Ewen Family Lunenburg
January 20, 2020
What a shock ! And a loss ! Know that Mike touched many lives in his own special way and will remain forever in the warmest corner of their hearts ! Mike may be gone from your sight but never from your memory , or heart, his presence is felt and the years of love he gave you will never depart , and all the wonderful memories everyone has will bring smiles as they think of him!
I remember his Dad , Aunt Mary , Uncle Billy and when Sarah would come in with the kids Mike always enjoyed seeing his family while he was at work it would pass the day ! :-)
Take care and know many feel your loss !
Roberta ( Ro ) and Dee
Roberta Carabba
January 20, 2020
God bless this family through this hard loss. We have so much admiration for him for giving us a "corner" store with such excellent service. I got my meat for many a family celebrations at Romano's. In this day and age, you don't run into many personal, family owned businesses with heart and history. Our hearts go out to all the family and friends. He will surely be missed by many in the community.
May you find peace and solace.
Wanda Krysil
January 20, 2020
Sending you our love and surrounding you all with our prayers. May God pour out His peace as you grieve, and may your hearts be filled with precious memories to give you strength. Love always
Scott and Bobbie Curtis and family
January 20, 2020
So Sorry to all the family, we just loved going to the market once a month and especially teasing each other, he will be missed terribly by all who knew him! God Bless

Mark & Kathy Romano
January 20, 2020
Saddened to learn of Mike's passing. I'll always remember his smile and sense of humor. Sympathy and prayers for his family
Mark Eden
January 19, 2020
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Sally Miller
January 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to Sarah and her family. His smile and big heart will be remembered always.
Chris Larson (Progin)
January 18, 2020
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
January 18, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Michael's passing.
May God Bless Michael's wife, the boys and the rest of the family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Michael was such a fantastic person and will truly be missed.
Robert and Joyce Wells
January 18, 2020
Mike was a wonderful man ! My father and him were such great friends. I remember my grandmother and grandfather and I would go get meat and crab cakes from his store. I am so sorry for your loss, may he Rest In Peace ❤
Kaelyn Withington
January 18, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Romano family. A great guy,a wonderful customer.THE BEST MEAT STORE IN TOWN.God Bless.
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January 18, 2020
Dear Sarah and family,

We have been customers at the store for more than forty years. Mike will always be in our hearts. As you already know, he was a wonderful caring man and we will greatly miss him.

With deepest sympathy and our prayers for your family,
Peter and Andrea Tamas
January 18, 2020
I always enjoyed shopping at Romano's Market. Mike would greet me warmly, and inquire after family. He will be missed.
John Boyle
January 18, 2020
Sending our Deepest Sympathy and Love to the Romano family. Mike was loved by all that knew him for his great welcoming smile and treating you like a best friend!!! He will be missed by so many! Our thoughts and prayers for all his family and friends.
Paul and Cindy Cioffi
January 18, 2020
Dear Sarah & Family,

I was so sad to hear that Mike passed on. I really enjoyed having Mike and your family as my neighbor while growing up in Lunenburg. As you know, Mike and I had many good times together and when I need a laugh, I reminisce about them. Mike was an awesome guy and we all will never forget him.

Dan Reynolds
Dan Reynolds
January 18, 2020
Sarah and Family Judy & I are so sorry to hear this news. We send our sincere sympathy to all of you. Mike was a great friend and we loved shopping at the market. He was a great person. Sending love and prayers to everyone.
Paul & Judy Houle
January 18, 2020
Dear Sarah and family,
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Mike.
He was such a gracious man and he'll always be remembered with fond memories.
Our sincere condolences to you all. May he Rest In Peace.
Sincerely Wayne and Cindy
Cynthia Miller
January 17, 2020
Sarah, Richard, Kim and Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was one of my oldest friends. We all had so much fun in Lunenburg. I have special memories of times we spent together so long ago.
You are all in my prayers. Rest In Peace my old friend.
Tom Progin
January 17, 2020
Sending love to you, Sarah, and your whole family. I'll never forget all the fun we had together as high schoolers and the honor of being in your wedding. Mike had a great sense of humor, knew how to have fun, and I know he always put family first. Blessings to you all.
Sally Morrison Whitehouse
January 17, 2020
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January 17, 2020
Sarah. So sorry for your loss. What a shock. I have such great memories of Mike. Praying for you and your family. Tom & Kathy Passios
Tom Passios
January 17, 2020
We are so, so sorry for your loss. Mike was such a great guy- personable, friendly and always happy to share family stories- such a loss for the Romano family and for the community. Rest In Peace Mike. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,
Mike & Debbie Chapdelaine and family
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