Michael G. Romell, 92, peacefully passed away on July 17, 2021 surrounded by his beloved wife Artemis and loving family at his side. He resided with his wife in Heritage Village, Southbury, CT and prior residences were in Amherst, MA and Longmeadow, MA.
Besides his wife Artemis (Tatamanis) Romell, of 67 years, he leaves his son George M Romell of Rochester, New York and his three daughters: Connie R. Hebert of Chatham, Cape Cod, MA, Diane R Millas of Wilton, CT, Michele R. Harovas of Bethel, CT and their spouses respectfully: David Hebert, Stephen Millas, and Perry Harovas. He respected and was proud of his children whom he loved dearly and was so happy to have lived long enough to have seen them as successful, exceptional adults, husband, wives and citizens.
The precious hours spent with his 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren gave him the joy of passing on his legacy and sharing his experiences of life with them. Granddaughters: Tiffany Hebert Dickey of Sherman, CT and her husband Fr. Jason Dickey: Emma Romell of Fairport, NY: Anna, Sophia and Stephanie Harovas of Bethel, CT.
Grandsons: Gabriel Hebert of Wakefield, MA and his fiancée Erin; Thomas Millas and wife Stacie of Houston TX; Michael Millas and his wife Caitlin of San Francisco, CA; Daniel Hebert and his wife Kunjisha and Mickey C. Romell of Fairport, NY.
Great Grandchildren: Joseph, Elijah and Marina Dickey of Sherman, CT. God Daughters: Elaina Themistos and Maria Margaris Bird and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, George and Konstandina Romell (Roumeliotakou) his parent in-law Gabriel and Anna Tatamanis, his Uncle Michael Romell and his wife Mary, his brother Peter G. Romell, and sisters Elaine Demopoulos and Venatia Romell.
Michael was born in Ossining, NY on March 17, 1929. His parents affectionately called him “Mickey”. In 1935 he moved with his parents to NYC. Where he grew up in Manhattan. On V. J. Day, 1945 he and his parents and siblings moved to San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the Thomas Jefferson High School, the San Antonio Junior College and in 1951 from St. Mary's University, with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.
His career in the Insurance Business began in 1951, as a Life Underwriter for Mass Mutual Life Insurance in a San Antonio, Texas. In 1959 he was Agency Supervisor for New England Mutual of Springfield, MA and from 1960 until 1977, worked as General Agent for Berkshire Life Insurance Co. of Pittsfield, MA with his offices at Bay State Towers in Springfield, MA. He went into private practice in Longmeadow, MA specializing in insurance and investments. Later was semi-retired with his office in Amherst, MA and continued serving his clients in investment portfolios and specializing in Retirement Index Annuities. In 2016, he retired, and he and his wife moved to Heritage Village, in Southbury, CT. He was active at the Village Events with the Theater Guild, Monologue group, Men's Club, the Gym and Musicale performances.
He received the Chartered Life Underwriter Degree from the American College of Life Underwriters in Bryn Mawr, PA. He graduated from the Stock Market Institute where he received certificates as a Chartered Financial Consultant, Certified Fund Specialist, Chartered Mutual Fund Consultant, Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow, Pension Planning and Estate Planning, Investment Management and Personal Investing. Michael was a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable.
Michael served as President of Springfield Life Underwriters Association, President of the Springfield Chartered Life Underwriter Society, President of the Springfield General Agents and Managers Association, and President of the Upper Orchard 11 Condo Association in Amherst, MA. He enjoyed teaching C.LU. courses and Life Underwriters training council courses at Western New England College, at the Springfield Technical Community College and at local Insurance agencies of Springfield, MA, where he held workshops and seminars.
He administered Tax Sheltered Annuities at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Ma, Holyoke Community College and STCC in Springfield, MA.
For many years, Michael served as an active Member of the YMCA of Springfield, MA and San Antonio Texas where he supervised and taught many youth activities. Michael was one of the founders of the St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church of East Longmeadow, MA in 1977 and held the offices of Vice President in the church council, Chairman of the Stewardship Committee and Chairman of the Building Fund Committee. Prior to the St. Luke Church he was a member of the Church Council of the Cathedral of St. George in Springfield, MA.
He was a Retired Reserve Officer serving as a Captain in the Medical Service of the US Army for 41 years, and where he taught administrative subjects to reservists. He was also an instructor of the Reserved Field Hospital Unit, both in San Antonio, Texas and Springfield, MA.
Michael was a great fan of the New York Football Giants and attended three of their teams Super Bowl championship games with his son George— “Go Giants!” He played racquetball and handball for over 28 years, and was a member call for at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, MA, a member of the Legends Golf Team at the Amherst Golf Club and a member of the Amherst Hampshire Fitness Club. He enjoyed skiing with his family and enjoyed many hours on the slopes. Michael was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling.
In 1970, he and his family planned a six-week vacation by car, around the U.S., pulling their “Pop-Up” trailer for 10,055 miles. They visited many National Parks, sites and landmarks in the 30 states. Michael was a 50-year member of the AHEPA. A member of the Rotary Club of East Longmeadow and Amherst, MA; the YMCA, Toastmasters International, and United Fund.
His last wishes were to convey his love and gratitude to his wife Artemis, family, and friends who always filled his days with respect and happiness through the years. He wanted to thank his many financial clients and associates whom he was honored to work with for 63 years.
Calling hours will be Wednesday July 21, 2021 at Munson Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main St. N., Southbury from 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd. Danbury on Thursday July 22, 2021 at 9:00 A.M. Burial will be immediately following at The Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to: The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Danbury CT, St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church, East Longmeadow MA, or Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Middlebury CT.
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