Remembering Bobo Romano

The name Richard Romano may not mean much to many people.

Some knew him as Richie. He was “Bobo” to others.

Most Westporters never heard his name at all. But for 20 years, he was a custodian at Staples High School. He cleaned the school. He helped keep it running.

And he loved it.

Richie “Bobo” Romano

Long after he retired, Bobo Romano was a fixture at Wrecker athletic events. He particularly liked football and basketball. He sat quietly, off to the side. But he was always there, no matter how bad the weather or how lopsided the score.

Karen DeFelice — a longtime Staples High School teacher, and former athlete at the school — remembers Bobo fondly. When she was a softball pitcher there, he arranged for her to work with John “Cannonball” Baker, a Westporter and legendary player, at Greens Farms School.

Bobo loved the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, and the New York Mets and Jets. He was active in Westport PAL, and was a friend to the Westport Fire Department.

Later in life, he helped elderly friends with errands and companionship.

Bobo Romano died on Wednesday. He was 88 years old.

Respects can be paid Tuesday (December 11, 10 a.m. to 12 noon) at the Harding Funeral Home. A funeral service follows, with interment with full military honors. Bobo was a US Army veteran.

Click here to leave condolences. Contributions in Bobo’s name may be made to Westport PAL, 260 Compo Road South, Westport, CT 06880 (or click here).

4 responses to “Remembering Bobo Romano

  1. He was a Wonderful Man , with a Heart of Gold .. May you Rip my Friend

  2. My condolences to the family, citizens of Westport and those that knew him in Norwalk. I remember Bobo from being around town and Norwalk.
    He also stopped in at Jr Deli and Grille on Riverside Ave from time to time.
    Mr Roman’s licensed plate was ‘Bobo’.

  3. Bill Boyd... Staples 66

    More often than not I find the “little people” are SO much more gifted and loving/impressive than the so called “important people.” R.I.P Bobo.

  4. Mike Calise, (Rooky)

    I had thousands of conversations with Richie about baseball. I loved sitting at Jr’s Hot Dog Stand with both Jr and Bobo or at the baseball/softball field. RIP Bobo, there will never be another Richie Romano….

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