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Edward T. Romaine, Suffolk legislator's father, dies

Edward T. Romaine, the father of Suffolk Legis. Edward P. Romaine and a soldier severely wounded in World War II, has died of pneumonia at a veterans facility in Baltimore.

He was 93 and had lived in Asharoken, Moriches, Center Moriches and Manorville before moving to Columbia, Md., in September. The elder Romaine died Wednesday.

"He was a good man, who worked hard nearly all of his life and gave back to the community whenever he could," said his son, a Center Moriches legislator.

Born in Brooklyn, Romaine grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens. After graduating from high school, he worked as a butcher before joining the Army and the 81st Infantry Division, rising to the rank of master sergeant. He served in the Pacific Theater, said his family.

He was discharged from the Army in February 1946 and married Theresa McCaffery in March. They moved to Long Island and Romaine opened a butcher shop in Central Islip. He later closed that shop and moved his family to Kinelon, N.J., where he operated a grocery store and butcher shop for about four years before moving back to Long Island in the mid-1960s, his family said.

He also changed careers and worked as a real estate broker until his retirement in 1992.

Besides Edward P. Romaine, Romaine is survived by another son, John of Maryland; his sister, Adelaide Leonhardt of Patchogue; and four grandchildren.

A wake will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Sinnickson's Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches. A funeral will be held at 10:45 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Moriches Community Center, P.O. Box 22, Center Moriches, NY 11934.

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