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James "Jim" Romano

d. January 11, 2021

James C. Romano of Woburn, MA and Lady Lake, FL - Surrounded by his wife and children, James "Jim" Romano, passed away due to complications of COVID-19 on January 11, 2021 at the age of eighty-six.

Born in 1934, James was the 4th child of the late Joseph and Florence (Todesca) Romano. He was a longtime resident of Woburn, an athlete and a 1952 graduate of Woburn Memorial High School.

Jim proudly served as Sergeant in the U.S. Army for 8 years from 1954 to 1962 and was an expert in morse code and in intercepting enemy communication during the Korean War effort. He attended Merrimack College and began his career at Arthur D. Little where he met the love of his life and best friend, Gail P. Achstetter. They married in 1964 and had been together for 56 years. Jim retired from employment at Polaroid Corporation after 29 years.

Jim was a "Tanner" athlete, playing baseball and football in his youth, and remained active later in his life while bowling, playing tennis and golfing. After retirement, he would split his time between Woburn, MA and Lady Lake, FL where he continued to perfect his golf game, even accomplishing multiple holes-in-one. When Jim wasn't golfing he enjoyed a daily routine of drinking his morning coffee, doing any kind of puzzle, building metal and wood models, going to happy hour and just simply relaxing in his lanai. Jim thoroughly enjoyed his retirement home and was one of the best golf cart tour guides. He especially loved viewing the large water tower that displayed a heart in the evening light which is symbolic of how full his heart was for his family. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, young or old, and walk away with a new best friend. Jim was also a devoted Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Family was the centerpiece of Jim's life. He was the loving father of Kimberly Provo and her husband Michael Sr. of Woburn, Kyle Romano and his wife Susan of Burlington, Keri Romano-Campbell and her husband Alexander of Medfield, Kurt Romano and his wife Daria of Revere, Kendra Carpenter and her husband William of Woburn, Kenan Romano and his wife Kelly of Plymouth and Kristen Nguyen and her husband Thong of Holliston.

In addition to his children and Gail, the other greatest treasures in his life were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the adoring grandfather of Lake and Faith Walsh, Gail, Michael and Grace Provo, Nicholas and Noelle Romano, Russell and Grenne Campbell, Alexander and Jason Romano, Lindsey Keane, Katherine and William Carpenter, Justin and Joshua Romano and Elin and Rielle Nguyen and the great-grandfather of Audrey Keane, Emelia Larson and the late Noah Larson.

He also leaves behind his dear siblings; Katherine MacDermott of Wakefield, Florence Tully of Woburn, Benjamin Romano of Hampstead, NH, the late Mae Glennon and the late Joseph Romano.
He will be sorely missed by his immediate family, in-laws, nieces, nephews and the countless friends and neighbors who were fortunate enough to have spent time in his presence.

Service Information: Due to the current pandemic protocols, all services are private. At a later date, the family will be having a remembrance celebrating his life for family and friends.
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