Richard J. Romig DMD


Greece NY:  Richard J. Romig, DMD, age 76, surrounded by his loved ones, peacefully passed away on October 3, 2016 after a heroic 8 year battle with cancer. Dr. Romig was born on September 25, 1940 in Rochester, NY to Louis and Marjorie Pilaroscia. Dr. Romig is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Marion; children Craig (Kim), Diane Romig O’Connor (Tom), Colby Frye (Nikki); grandchildren Kady and Allie Romig, Brennan and Aidan O’Connor, and Makayla Frye; six siblings Gary (Kathy), Barry (Linda), Jeff (Rita), Eric, Mark (Grace) and Wendy Romig Gell (John); many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; lifelong friends Dr. Bill Nesbit (Peggy), Dr. Fred Suter (Barb), Denny DeLeo (Marion), Paul Soscia (Susan), Chip Weld (Annette).
Predeceased by his father Louis J. Pilaroscia, mother Marjorie L. Best Pilaroscia Romig, step-father Robert G. Romig, his brother Robert (Bobby) Pilaroscia.
He graduated from John Marshall High School, The University of Rochester and Tufts University, where he earned a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree. Dr. Romig achieved the highest award for diagnosing x-rays. He practiced dentistry at 3000 Mt. Read in the Town of Greece for 23 years and then started a successful consulting business called Practice Management Concepts.
Dr. Romig earned an Eagle Scout award and was a counselor at Camp Massawepie. He was a world traveler visiting over 42 countries and 48 states. He was baptized by the Jordan River at the spot where Jesus was baptized. He circumnavigated the world and was awarded Most Traveled Passenger three times by Princess Cruises. He was an avid photographer and a remarkable skeet shooter. His integrity and sense of humor made him a favorite of people of all ages.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 9:30 am at St. Lawrence Church 1000 North Greece Road, Rochester, NY 14626 reception immediately following at The Deacon Hall next to the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph 150 French Road Rochester, NY 14618.

10 Condolences

  1. Heidi Willmart on October 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Richard was an outstanding man.He had a heart of gold .I am so blessed that I have the wonderful memories of incredible times I have spent with him. He touched my heart deeply.I loved going over to see what cool things him and MI MI picked up on one of their many trips.He loved taking her places.Thou many years have passed please know I have always kept him close to my heart and always will.
    He is flying high with Grandma Romig now.
    My thoughts are with you all

  2. Toni Foley on October 8, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Marion, my mom asked me to send this to you, it was my dad’s favorite …with all our love and prayers

    “Some Time At Eve” by Lizzie Clark Hardy

    Some time at eve, when the tide is low, I shall slip my mooring and sail away…
    With no response to the friendly hail of kindred craft in the busy bay..
    In the silent hush of the twilight pale, when the night stoops down to embrace the day..
    And the voices call in the water’s flow-
    Sometime in eve, when the tide is low, I shall ship my morning and sail away…
    A few who have watched me sail away will miss my craft from the busy bay..
    Some friendly barks that were anchored near,
    Some loving souls that my heart held dear,
    In silent sorrow will drop a tear-
    But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
    In moorings sheltered from storm or gale..
    And greeted the friends who have sailed before
    O’er the unknown sea to the unseen shore

  3. Joan Best Murphy on October 8, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Farewell to my cousin, Richard. 🕯

  4. Diane Schmitt on October 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I guess like many I was blessed to have known Richard. He was a gentle man and had a great sense of humor. He was great at boiling water for tea and I will always remember what a great cup of tea that was. May the love of Christ shine upon you as you now walk with the angels.

  5. Patricia Best Defendorf on October 8, 2016 at 10:51 am

    R.I.P. cousin Richard, left candles burning in your memory in St Peter’s Bascilica, Rome and in the Cathedral in Santorini, Greece. I will always remember your kindness to me in 1957 when I entered JMHS.

  6. Brother Gary on October 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Richarddddddddddddd!!!!!!! I Love you. I will speak to Shallers about correcting their definition of “EVERYTHING” Gary

  7. Mark on October 9, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Richard – I looked up to you my whole life… Still do. I will miss your sense of humor and your wisdom. –Love, Dental Patient # 00001.

  8. Jim Kelehan on October 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    We are deeply sadden by the passing of Richard. He is so loved by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to Mimi and her family. May your memories be all the good that Richard brought to your lives. He is a man to remember and an example of how to live your lives!

    With all our love,

    Jim, Daryl and Maggie Kelehan

  9. Roger W. Usborne on October 16, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Richard (Dick to me) and I were elementary and high school classmates. He was a great individual and a respected member of JMHS, class of 1958. I think the last time we actually saw each other was at the JMHS 50th reunion in 2008, however we kept in touch via email and “Facebook”.
    Our fondest memory was a road trip in April of ’58 when we cut school with a couple of other friends, one classmate and another buddy from a class behind us. We visited a few New England colleges, one of which I chose as my alma mater. Richard and the class of ’59 buddy were life long associates, both choosing to stay in Rochester for college, but venturing off to New England for Dental School at Tufts. Richard became my dad’s dentist and treated him very well.
    My sincere condolences to Marion and Richard’s family.
    Marion is a true angel ….. although I don’t think we’ve ever met, she kept me aware of Richard’s final days. She is extremely talented and was very devoted to her “Richard”.
    My thoughts are with her, but I know her strong personality and loving nature will see her though a difficult time. I hope she knows I will be thinking of her and the family!!

  10. Sam and Jen Favata on January 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Rest in peace, neighbor. Although we’re not in Rochester anymore, we will forever remember your unshakable wit, your generosity and your kindness. We continue to miss our chats over the yards and the smell of whatever you chose to barbecue on your deck. Marion, our thoughts are with you, as you walk through life with Richard’s spirit as a guide. Love, Sam and Jen

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