Jose Roman was a caring man who practiced the tenets of his Catholic religion each day, his family and friends stated, by reaching out to assist others in want.
“He was such a particular man,” stated Jenny Araujo of Westbury, who stated she grew to become pals with Roman and his late spouse Lidia many years in the past at St. Brigid Catholic Church.
“He preached along with his motion,” Araujo stated. “I name him #1 missionary. He used to go decide up individuals from their properties and produce them to church. Each Sunday — for years. Not solely that, he used to assist all these in want along with his personal cash, [and] along with his time taking them to search for jobs. He was one among a sort.”
Cynthia Orellana, chair of the St. Brigid Hispanic Neighborhood, who cites Roman as one among its founders, stated, “What made Jose particular was he was so welcoming to everybody that was model new to the group … He lived the gospel.”
Roman died Wednesday in hospice care in his Outdated Westbury house following problems from coronary heart illness, stated his son Alejandro “Alex” Roman. He was 85.
Orellana, who stated she has been a member of the church because the ’90s, recalled Roman’s involvement with establishing the church’s Spanish Mass.
“Circa 1975 there was no [Spanish] mass at St. Brigid’s Church. Him and his brother [Guillermo Roman] began knocking on doorways.” She stated the mass started, with the help of the pastor then, the Rev. Fred Schaefer, within the basement of the church’s faculty with about six individuals.
“The Roman brothers have been the pioneers of the Hispanic group at St. Brigid’s church. Now our group is over 3,000 individuals,” Orellana stated. “Now we have 5 totally different lots in Spanish.”
Manuel J. Ramos, a deacon at St. Brigid, who has been on the church because the Nineteen Seventies, recalled these days when Roman would go knocking on the doorways of residents.
“Then over time he was president of the … steering committee on the Hispanic group. There was a non secular and social dimension,” to Roman’s efforts, Ramos added. And that was “to verify individuals have been helped, helped discovering jobs, clothes … all kinds of companies to the newcomer, to the immigrant.”
Ramos stated Roman sang within the church choir, was a Eucharistic minister and was concerned in different dimensions of the church. “He was a rare man, the kind of one who comes to provide, to not get. His generosity was excellent.”
Alejandro Roman of Merrick stated his father was born within the central Mexican state of Zacatecas. He stated his father discovered a job in Juarez, Mexico, the place he met his spouse, and finally the couple got here to Outdated Westbury at about 1970, the place he stated his mother and father labored for the Phipps household’s property. Jose Roman labored as a groundskeeper, his son stated, and finally his mother and father grew to become Americans.
“He would go to nighttime faculty to be taught English,” Alejandro Roman stated. “He was at all times a tough employee.” He stated his father labored part-time jobs at evening.
Roman was predeceased by his spouse Lidia. Moreover his son Alejandro, survivors embody one other son, Jose, of Bethpage; a brother, Guillermo of Outdated Westbury; and 4 grandchildren.
A wake for Roman is scheduled for Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and seven p.m. to 9 p.m. at Donahue Cecere Funeral House in Westbury. A funeral mass is about for Monday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Brigid in Westbury, with interment following at Holy Rood Cemetery.