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Frederick Romkey

Frederick Robert Romkey

Monday, October 17th, 1927 - Thursday, May 9th, 2019
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It is with deep sadness that the family of Frederick Robert Romkey, 91, of Lunenburg, announce his passing on May 9, 2019 at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg.

Born in Blue Rocks, NS, he was a son of the late Thomas and Ada (Corkum) Romkey.

Freddie was a permanent fixture on the corner of King & Lincoln Street for over 62 years where his services as a taxi driver would take you to whatever your destination was with entertaining discussion of current events, a lively debate about his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs or just a friendly conversation about anything. It is a rare person who does not know the familiar smile, wave and comment of Freddie Romkey – he was at peace with himself, loved what he did and loved the people he got to meet.

Freddie also fished for many years, was an avid gardener and coached minor hockey for over 15 years. He had the opportunity to coach his 4 boys, Robert, Kevin, Randy and Darren – he enjoyed these moments immensely even if the boys sometimes did not.

When he stopped coaching that did not mean he stopped going to the rink; he and Marjorie always attended as many games as they could, both near and far and when the boys stopped playing that didn’t stop him, they attended most of Noah’s and Olivia’s games as well.

He shared his love of gardening with his family, it was a familiar sight to see the grandkids out in the strawberry or pumpkin patch with their Grampie.

A piece of Freddie was lost when his beloved Marjorie passed away in 2011. The woman who provided him strength and set him straight when he needed it was no longer by his side. He drew strength from his family, cherishing time spent with Randy in Blue Rocks, Hockey Road trips with Darren and family suppers with Robert.

Freddie was a man who truly put his entire heart into whatever he did, whether it was a husband, father, grandfather, taxi driver, fisherman, gardener, coach, fan or friend, our lives are the better for knowing him and the corner of King and Lincoln will always be a little bit sadder without Freddie Romkey.


Freddie is survived by his sons, Robert, Wolfville, Randy (Annette), Lunenburg, Darren (Missy), Lunenburg; grandchildren, Kevin, Heather, Noah, Olivia, Jonathan, Brittany; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Thomas, Julia; sisters, Daisy Hume, Bridgewater, Vivian Gibson, Hamilton, ON, Kathryn Knickle, Blue Rocks as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie; son, Kevin; brothers, Gerald, Harold and sister, Jessie.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy #. 3, Lunenburg, with visitation Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Freddie’s life will be held on Wednesday at 11 am. from St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Rev. Laura Marie Piotrowicz, officiating. Interment to follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg.

Flowers from immediate family only, memorial donations made to St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Lunenburg Fire Department or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

In the spirit of Freddie please always share a warm smile and a quick hello.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home
    Address
    11213 Hwy. # 3
    LUNENBURG, NS B0J 2C0
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St John's Anglican Church
    Address
    Cornwallis Street
    LUNENBURG, NS B0J 2C0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Laura Marie Piotrowicz
  • Interment

    Location
    Hillcrest Cemetery
    Address
    LUNENBURG, NS
  • Reception

    Location
    Lunenburg Fire Department
    Address
    25 Medway St.,
    Lunenburg

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Valerie Rowlands

Posted at 05:57am
Dear Robert, Randy, Darren and Family -

I read the wonderful article on your Dad in this week's PROGRESS BULLETIN, following Freddie's demise earlier this month. We definitely have lost a Lunenburg icon and he will be remembered forever. Having a family home in the same neighborhood, we often saw Freddie venturing out on a taxi call, and will remember him tooting his car horn once just before passing the intersection for safety's sake. He was an integral part of the community and , like groceries, he helped ensure everyone was back safe and sound. I remember his presence taking my grandmother up to her bedroom from one of her last returns home from hospital; it was so appreciated by us. There are many stories like that to tell.

Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers.
BL

Bob Lewis

Posted at 07:11am
I remember moving to Lunenburg in 1966 and living next door to Fred and Marjoroe.We became good friends while living there for a few years .Fred visited me in Blue Rocks just before retiring from taxi service.I will always remember the visit as we looked back over the years a cherished friendship.Thinking of the family!
MT

Marion Tanner

Posted at 12:01pm
Sending you warm thoughts during this difficult time. Freddie was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed. May the many memories of him live inside you all . Trevor and Marion Tanner
LR

Linda Roskell

Posted at 07:32am
Deepest Sympathy to the Romkey family. There weren't many days in the 90's that I didn't speak to Marjorie or Freddie arranging taxis for the vessel crews of NatSea. Sometimes we would have three jobs at once and Freddie never let us down. Either him or someone he had hired would show up to do the taxi runs, many of them as far away as Lockeport and Louisbourg. He was an honest and reliable man. He will be greatly missed by all.
BM

Blair and Carla Mansfield

Posted at 04:40pm
Darren, Randy, Robert and family your dad was a very special man, and touched many people over his lifetime. During this difficult time may wonderful memories fill your heart.
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