2014-04-24 / Obituaries

James Victor Romero

James Victor Romero passed from this world in Clovis, CA, on April 6, 2014, with his beloved wife Cindy by his side. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Cynthia Lee Hammer Romero, his father, James Romero, his brother, Tony Romero, and his many children and grandchildren.

Jimmy’s children and their spouses are Corinne Britt, Rebecca Garcia, James Romero, Heidi Britt, Eric Britt, Tiffany Romero and Chris Garcia. He was papa to his grandchildren Chris, George, Devon, Kyle, Ian, Clyde, Alex, Cynthia, Brandon, Austin, Angel, Chase, Abigail and James Christopher. He was God-papa to Chenisha, Tonikup and countless children whose lives he impacted.

Jimmy entered the world on April 2, 1953 in Los Angeles to Nancy Adel Payton and Earl James Mc- Daniels, a father he never met. When he was three years old, Jimmy’s mother married James Romero who adopted him into the Romero family that grew to include his five siblings.

Jimmy fell in love with Cindy in February 1974. He called their relationship “magic” from the day they met. Their first date was on Valentine’s Day and they were married on Sept. 7 of that year. During their 40 years of marriage, he made a point to tell his wife— every day—that she was beautiful, and to make her laugh. Jimmy and Cindy were best friends and their relationship is an example to all.

They moved from Los Angeles to raise their family near Yosemite, settling first in Coarsegold, then in southern Mariposa County. Jimmy was a father who truly enjoyed being a parent. His selfless nature serves as an example for all of his children to emulate with his compassion towards others.

Jimmy’s many occupations included drummer, bartender, warehouse supervisor, cook and school bus driver. When he wasn’t working hard, his hobbies were playing music with local rock bands, geology, history, astronomy, fishing, gold panning, traveling and telling tacky jokes. Jimmy loved to entertain and to make those around him happy. He made a point of sharing his knowledge and interests with his friends, family and co-workers.

Jimmy will be met on the other side by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy, his brother, Danny, his sisters, Frances and Carol, and his grandson, Chris.

A celebration of life was held at Fresno Flats Historical Park on April 19.

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