Longtime educator, voice of Beavercreek girls basketball games dies

Longtime Beavercreek educator Tony Romano died Dec. 20, 2020, at age 87. CONTRIBUTED
Longtime Beavercreek educator Tony Romano died Dec. 20, 2020, at age 87. CONTRIBUTED

A longtime Beavercreek resident and educator died Dec. 20.

Tony Romano was 87. He would have celebrated his 88th birthday on Dec. 26. He lived in Beavercreek for more than five decades with his wife Joyce before her death.

Romano retired in 1996 after working in education for nearly 40 years, eight years as a music teacher and 31 years in administration. He worked for Beavercreek Schools as Ferguson Junior High principal and as an administrative assistant for personnel and information for 28 years.

“Beavercreek City Schools owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Anthony Romano,” the district said in an emailed statement. “His many years of tireless service to our school district created a foundation for the many opportunities our children enjoy today. All who knew him personally were proud to have him as a friend while all of Beavercreek was fortunate to have him as a leader.”

Beavercreek schools said Romano left behind a legacy of service and sacrifice.

“His passing is a tremendous loss but his impact on our school district and community will be felt for many years to come,” the district said.

Romano is survived by his three children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, his obituary said.

Romano was heavily involved in the community.

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He is past president of the Ohio School Personnel Administrators Association. He volunteered at Soin Hospital since 2013 and sang with the Administrator’s Barbershop/Gospel Quartet for 25 years.

He had been a parishioner of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church since 1968 where he served as a lector, Leisure Club president and called the bingo games at the annual church picnic for years.

He was inducted into the Beavercreek High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his 25 years of announcing the High School Girl’s home Varsity Basketball games.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Luke Catholic Church or to the Beavercreek City Schools.

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