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Obituary for Donald Romey

June 25, 1925 - October 27, 2018
Modesto, California | Age 93


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."

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