Romuald "Romeo" George Lucien Heroux Romeo passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Southampton Care Centre, in his 94th year.
He was the beloved husband of Mary Elizabeth McCulloch (formerly Hansen). Loving father of John Heroux (Maureen Maloney) of Vancouver, Anne Marie Heroux (Doug Bell) of Port Elgin, the late Marie (1950); step-father of *Pauline Clark (Bruce) of Toronto, ON, Bonnie Clark (Peter) of Canoe, BC and Doug McCulloch (Marianne) of Barrhead, Alberta. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Sonja, Julie, David, Bonnie, Ruth, Mary and Sarah, and his 19 great-grandchildren. Romeo will be sadly missed by his siblings Real, Claude, Marie Jeanne, Agathe, Monique, and his step sister Therese. Predeceased by his beloved wife Norma Cunningham (mother of their children), by his parents, by his brother Florent, his sister Aline, and step brother Gerard.
Romeo was someone who loved a challenge. You couldn't tell him "it can't be done"! From early on, he was thrown into many tasks as his father would take on any and every job opportunity that came along. For example portaging with his step brother Gerard in the winter with a team and sleigh to transport items such as bread and pop, and even a coffin. Fast forward to adulthood. Romeo worked for Ontario Hydro for 33 years, starting with various hydro electric dams in Northern Ontario with a beginning wage of $1.05/hr. He later worked at nuclear power plants in Southern Ontario. With very little education, all in French, he dug up old blueprints from the waste basket and taught himself to read them. By the end of his career, he had reached assistant superintendent. Retiring in 1982 he and his wife Mary moved to their beautiful home on the Bruce Peninsula that they had spent 5 years building. There he taught himself wood-working, making whatever anyone requested, from every kind of furniture to cedar strip canoes. They also went on multiple mission trips to five different countries where his vast skill set was invaluable. After 20 years they moved to their last retirement home in Port Elgin to be close to his daughter Anne Marie.
Friends may call at the Martyn & Sloan "Mattawa Chapel" on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, Mattawa on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the family plot at St. Anne's Cemetery.
If desired, donations to Save the Children Canada will be gratefully acknowledged as expressions of sympathy. Online condolences at www.martynfh.com
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(*Pauline Clark is the wife of Bruce Clark, a retired EMCC Pastor.)
Our prayers go out to the family.