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Obituary for Anthony "Ben" Romero
Antonio Benjamin “Ben” Romero, 85, passed peacefully surrounded by his family at home in Vacaville on July 31, joining his wife, son and grandson in God’s heavenly kingdom. He is survived by 5 children, 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Ben was born on May 17, 1934 in Cubero, NM, the third of seven children to Antonio Garcia Romero and Merenciana Candelaria Jaramillo. His family migrated from New Mexico to AZ in 1946, then to CA. Ben graduated from James Lick High School in San Jose in 1952 and was drafted into the US Army in 1953. He served for two years which included 16 months in Korea. Ben continued his education earning an AA from San Jose City College and a BA from St. Mary’s College in Moraga. He worked hard much of his life to support his family while pursuing his education. Ben worked for Macy’s Department stores for 20 years in various management roles until his retirement in 1991.
Ben met and married the love of his life, Rita in 1956. They relocated to Vallejo in 1977 where they joined St. Catherine’s parish in Vallejo and the Cursillo in Christianity Movement. After retirement, Ben and Rita moved to Dixon where they joined St. Peter’s Parish and Ben joined the Knights of Columbus. He held various offices with the Knights of Columbus and eventually became the Grand Knight for his council and District Deputy for Solano County.
Ben enjoyed serving his community. He volunteered as an interpreter for the Spanish speaking community, helping provide food, clothing and companionship to the needy, and as a senior advocate for Dixon Family Services. After his wife’s passing in 2014, Ben joined St Joseph’s parish and was active in the Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Cursillo in Christianity Movement. In his last six months, Ben joined the Knights of Columbus Wheelchair Distribution Mission in Mexico, and volunteered at Kaiser Hospital in Vacaville visiting patients until he was too weak to continue.
Ben was recognized with several awards for his service in the community including: the first “Volunteer of the Year” for the state of California in 2001 by the Knights of Columbus; “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Dixon and Chamber of Commerce; “Father of the Year” by the Dixon Independent Voice; and “Special Senior of the Year” in 2006 by Dixon Family Services.
Ben was known for his love for his family, pets, church, and community. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, and traveling the world. Ben lived a full and joyful life. He will be missed dearly and never forgotten by his family, friends and community. In lieu of sending flowers, please make contributions to Dixon Family Services.
Visitation will be at McCune Garden Chapel, Thursday, August 15, 5:00-7:30pm, Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Friday, August 16, 10:30am.