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Anthony C. "Tony" Romolo

July 19, 1930 December 6, 2011
Anthony C. "Tony" Romolo
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PEORIA- Anthony “Tony” Romolo, 81, of Peoria, died on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM at Manor Court of Peoria. He died of natural causes after a ten year battle with Alzheimer’s but never lost his smile and laughed every day. Tony was a resident for two years and his family is very appreciative of the loving care they provided Tony during his stay. Tony was born July 19, 1930 in Peoria to Joseph and Genevieve DeRose Romolo, he married Betty Lovan on December 24, 1951 in Peoria. She passed away July 19, 2009. One brother, Pandolphi also preceded him in death. Tony is survived by his daughter, Lila (Tim) Kennelly of Boulder, CO, and their children Nathan and Katie Kennelly; son, Joe (Pam) Romolo of Peoria, and their children, Kristin, Luke, and Nick Romolo; and daughter, Toni Genovese of Peoria, and her children Domini and Dara Genovese. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Italian American Society and the Knights of Columbus for many years. He was a member of Laborers Local 165 since September 13, 1954. Tony worked as a dispatcher for the Illinois State Police when he returned from Korea. Then upon his father’s death in 1955, he operated Romolo’s Tap for 20 years. He became the Illinois Laborers and Contractors Joint Apprentice and Training Program administrator in 1971 where he served until his retirement on February 1, 2001, making him the longest serving training director within the Laborers International Union of North America. The Board of Trustees named the training center the “Anthony C. Romolo Training Center” in Mt. Sterling, IL to honor his work and dedication to the members of the LIUNA. As the training director, he devoted his life to helping the LIUNA members develop skills necessary to keep their profession strong and competitive. He was happiest if he could help someone, anyone who needed it. He and the Board of Trustees of the Training Program broke all barriers and became the first training or apprentice program in the State of Illinois to offer an all women’s class in 1979. Tony was a Spalding Institute graduate, playing football on the 1944 football team that was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. He also played semi-pro football for the Canton Jets. Tony was active in softball, being an Illinois Amateur Softball Association player, sponsor and commissioner. He was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 2008 in the Meritorious Service Category. He loved his children and grandchildren. His passion was attending every game and dance recital they participated in, videotaping all the games and practices. He spent countless hours making copies of every game he taped for each and every player on the team. He never missed a game. He was “grandpa” to all the players and he made everyone smile when he was around. He was an avid dog lover, enjoying many over his lifetime. His generosity and compassion for others is what we would like everyone to remember about him. We all need to try to be a little more like Tony, helping others as much as we can. Cremation rites have been accorded. The family would like to invite all friends and relatives to a reception in Tony’s honor at the Laborers Local 165 Union Hall, 4509 N. Catalina, Peoria, IL, Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Research Association, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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