Romolo “Romey” Secco

Romolo “Romey” Secco, 85, of 105 Frey Road, Kersey, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at his residence.

He was born November 6, 1933, in Kersey, son of the late Amilcare and Ida Canton Secco.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey Schools.  Romey was a retired employee of Pure Carbon, retiring in 1998, after 48 years of service.

On June 23, 1951, in the St. Boniface Church, Romey married the love of his life, Florence Frey, who survives.  They had been married for over 67 years.

He is also survived by three daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Powley and her husband Michael of Wilcox, Joyce Secco and her husband Keith Talbert of Concord, NC, and Jennifer Mattiuz and her husband Brian of Kersey; two sons, Steven Secco and his wife Mary, and Paul Secco and his wife Pam, both of St. Marys; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and three brothers, Jerald “Jerry” Secco and his wife Barbara of Weedville, John Secco and his wife Marilyn of Chicago, IL, and Joseph Secco of Kersey.

In addition to his parents, Romey was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Jane Secco and Annette Secco; a son, Dan Secco; a granddaughter, Bobbi Jo Secco; three sisters, Rosemond Sidelinger, Barbara Kronenwetter, and Mary Secco; and by five brothers, LeRoy, Lawrence, Armand, Remo, and Arnold “Archie” Secco.

Romey was a member of the St. Boniface Church.  He was a talented musician, playing with the Nashville Collection and with “Romey and Friends” for a number of years.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and bowling, and he especially enjoyed being with his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, January 4, 2019, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Pete & Ursula Bennett January 2, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Florence and family,
I cannot express to you how saddend I am at Romey’s passing. I loved him like a brother and yet he was my mentor. He had the purest heart of anyone I know.
You can bet that God will be opening the gates Himself.
Amen,
Pete & Ursula Bennett

Willie Vanzanten January 3, 2019 at 9:39 am

The angels will love him singing.

Dianne Sue Brawand January 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

Romey was a very special person to me and well– Florence still is. He will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved him when he sang Crystal Chandaleers and of course my special song “Amanda”.
We go back to the Nashville Collection and those grey suits and Tom Anderson and Pete Bennett. Fly high Romey, you deserve it. I’ll watch Florence…well….I’ll try.

Amanda Brawand Eamigh January 4, 2019 at 10:20 am

Although I hid when you sang my song- I loved to hear it. My best birthday present was your disc of Amanda. Thank you for being my Mom’s special friend. For the Good Times…you are loved by so many.
“Amanda”……You left a big hole in our lives but God needed another angel. As far as Mom and Florence, you have your hands full trying to keep them out of trouble.
Amanda Brawand Eamigh
WOODLAND, Pa.

David Mazzaferro January 4, 2019 at 12:07 pm

Steve and Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Rocco Petrilli January 5, 2019 at 12:50 pm

There’s a storm across the valley, clouds are rollin’ in
The afternoon is heavy on your shoulders

“And oh its time to lay this tired ole body down”

“Some call it heaven, but you call it home”

But gee its good to be back home again”

“I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It’s what you leave behind you when you go”

“There’s all the news to tell him, how did you spend your time?
And what’s the latest thing the neighbors say?”

It’s a measure of people who don’t understand
The pleasures of life in a hillbilly band”

“Little things we should have said and done
But we never took the time”

“Play me the waltz of the angels
And we’ll close our eyes and pretend.
Play us the waltz of the angels
So we can sing with our friend Romey again”

Romey's NC golf group January 8, 2019 at 1:45 pm

We are so sorry to hear of the death of our golfing friend and a good friend of several of us in the group. Romey loved to play golf and always talked about how he could not hit it as far in his later years. We will miss him. He was the only left handed golfer we had in the group.

Ken Furr, who was our leader before he died in 2016 always talked about seeing Romey standing near the first tee looking lonely before Ken met him. Ken invited him to play with the group and he continued playing as long as he came to Kannapolis for the winter.

Our prayers are with his wife and family.

NC Golf Group
Submitted by John Roberson

Jimmy Lambert January 9, 2019 at 4:08 am

Heaven truly gained another angel when Romey arrived. You go rest high on that mountain, Romey, your work on earth is finished. I loved playing golf with Romey when he visited North Carolina. A good friend who I loved like my brother. He is singing with the angels now. Love you man, Jimmy Lambert, Kannapolis, NC

Mary Ann Bouse January 14, 2019 at 7:37 pm

Florence and family, I am so sorry for your loss. On my trips home I always hoped to be there when Romey was playing at some venue but never did time it right.
Great guy! Rest in Peace.
Hugs,
Mary Ann

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