Donald Romey

  • Born: June 25, 1925
  • Died: October 27, 2018
  • Location: Modesto, California

Crosby-N. Gray & Co. - FD-96

2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Tel. (650) 342-6617

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald Romey, third generation San Franciscan, whose maternal great- grandfather, Karl (Carlos) Glein , a friend of John Sutter, opened a hardware store on Market and Mason, selling tools to the miners. His paternal grandparents arrived from Sydney, Australia prior to the 1906 earthquake establishing Romey's Markets in four locations throughout the city.

While celebrating his graduation from Lowell High School and his eighteenth birthday he received his draft notice for World War II. Donald served three years in the Navy as a radioman on an ammunition ship in the South Pacific.

A lifelong student, Donald attended the University of Mexico, the University of Madrid and graduated from Stanford with an MBA.

Traveling extensively throughout Europe in the 1940's and 1950's, Donald met a beautiful Parisian his first night in Paris 1948. That Parisian, Marie-Juliette, married Don in San Francisco in 1954.

Don was to work for his uncle, Myford Irvine, until Myford's untimely death. Don chose to follow his father's footsteps into the automobile world and became a top salesman for Cadillac at 1000 Van Ness.

An athlete and a competitor in tennis, golf and ping- pong, Don began his journey in golf, at the age of eleven under the guidance of Earl Nagel, Ingleside pro. At Stanford Don was a member of the polo team. Don was a fiercely gracious opponent, which made losing a match to him, a frequent occurrence, all the more palatable.

A man of refinement and elegance, he graced us all with the ability to tell a great joke, pour a great drink and above all, music; the singing, dancing and playing of it.

Don was a lifetime member of the Society of California Pioneers, the Stanford Alumni Association, as well as a member and organizer of Starlighters' ballroom dance club.

Don was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Merced Romey, his wife, Marie-Juliette Angevin, his twin brothers, Roy and Gordon Romey. Don is survivied by his son, Jean-Fran├žois Romey, his daughter, Marie-Merced Thompson, his son in law, Shel Thompson and his grandchildren, Romy Thompson and Skye Thompson.

Don is also survived by his companion of many years, Sandy Dennison, her children, Tracey (Joe) Wischer, Greg (Nancy) Dennison, her grandchildren, Cassie, Matt, Shannon, and Katie. Don's love for them was abundant, as was their love for him.

Visitation, Thursday, November 8, 2018, 10:00 am at Crosby N. Gray 2 Park Road, Burlingame, internment immediately following 11:00 am Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno

In remembrance of Don, please compliment someone, play some music and remember to "just direct your feet on the sunny side of the street."


Condolence & Memory Journal

Don et Marie -Juliette sont ensemble pour l'eternite, Rest in peace together.
Annick Tronik, Palo Alto.

Posted by Annick Tronik - Palo Alto, CA - Friend   November 07, 2018

With your Beloved Marie-Juliette and your best friends Paul & Suzanne, I know you are all having a great reunion and dinner party in Heaven like we had in Paris and Modesto !!! But your MM, your family, and the Milleville children are all missing you. You were the Best !

Posted by Mylene and the Milleville Family - Modesto, CA - Family Friend   November 07, 2018

This beautiful obituary captures so well the grace, generosity, and intelligence of this wonderful man. And the fun (He is also survived by his pink Thunderbird). I was blessed to have known Don and his exceptional family thanks to his son Jean-Françcois, and to have been Don's dancing partner on the Pont d'Avignon in France, where he happily sang the traditional French song of that name and reminisced about his beautiful wife Marie-Juliette. He always said that theirs was a union not "til death do us part" but for all eternity. May they now rest in peace together.

Posted by Margery Arent Safir - PARIS - Family Friend   November 06, 2018

Beautiful wodds for a beautiful man. It was a privilege knowing him. Don leaves an enriched legacy to his wonderful family. Rest in peace dear Don. Libbie and Dennis Lanigan

Posted by Dennis and Libbie Lanigan - Modesto, CA - Friend   November 04, 2018


Don was such a kind, gentle, caring man, a gentleman! We will all miss you! Rest In Peace, Don!

Posted by George & Diana Yamamoto - Lincoln, CA   November 04, 2018

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