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Robert Leonard Romano


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Robert Leonard Romano

Robert Leonard Romano, our adventurous, loving and much-loved father, father-in-law and grandfather died peacefully at home in Medina, WA on December 21, 2018 at the age of 93.

Bob was born in Seattle in 1925, the first of three children to Mary and Joseph Romano. He attended O'Dea High School, Seattle University and St. Louis University Medical School. In 1950 he opened a family practice clinic on Beacon Hill in Seattle. Five months later he was called into active duty and sent to the front lines in Korea. He started as a combat surgeon with the 5th RTC infantry unit and was later reassigned to the 8063 MASH unit where he pioneered aspects of amputation technology. There he made the phone call of his life and became engaged to Jean Parker. They married in Seattle in April, 1952. Bob, an avid skier, spent many winters hiking and exploring the mountains around Mt. Rainier to scout the location for Crystal Mountain, of which he was a founding member.

Bob and Jean raised six children to the backdrop of skiing, tennis and camping. The Romano family early years were spent skiing at Crystal Mountain and camping on Pearl Island. In later years the family gathered in Sun Valley, ID where Bob skied each winter until the age of 88.

In the course of his career, Bob grew his orthopedic surgery practice to become the highly reputable Orthopedics International from which he retired in the early 90's. He became renowned as an excellent surgeon, having even performed the first full shoulder replacement surgery.

Bob is remembered as a highly-regarded surgeon, beautiful skier, and avid gardener. Bob's legacy and accomplishments are legendary to his children and grandchildren. His passion for the great outdoors, family, gardening, Italian cuisine, and so much more thrive in each of them.

Bob is survived by his children and their spouses: Anne (Stephen Sarewitz), Bob, Jr. (Cathy), Stephen (Juliet), John (Grace) and James (Brooks) and his 14 grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Jean and his daughter, Maureen.

Our deepest thanks to his loving caregivers, Geoffrey and Constantin, who cared for him as they would their own family.

A celebration of Bob's life will be

held at the Seattle Tennis Club

on Saturday, January 26

from 4:00-6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's name may be sent to Providence Mt. St. Vincent Foundation.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 8 to Jan. 20, 2019
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