(Note to the reader: The following eulogy was for my Uncle William Rominger.
He was a paratrooper in World War II. After the war, he started a successful
construction business built on quality, hard work, and integrity. In the
eulogy, there is no mention of these things because I remembered him as
a family man. I believe of all the things he might wish to be remembered
for and for that which was truly important to him, that The Juicy Fruit
Man would want it that way.)
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great
riches and loving favor than silver and gold."
William Rominger was affectionately known as Poppa, Pop, Uncle Bill and
Bubbles. He was also known as the Juicy Fruit Man because as he was going
to and from work Uncle Bill would throw out Juicy Fruit gum to the children
along the way.
I remember how my brother and I would climb all over him as he laid on the
floor and let us play. Several months back, I told Aunt Audrey about a dream
I had about being back out at the old farm house playing in the creek, finding
lizards and crawdads and eating Colby cheese. My memories of those times
always bring back smiles.
As much as we may remember him as a man of integrity and grace, it was when
he was around children that you saw a man who was truly loved. From his
"doe, rae, me's" to his "it hurt so good" when he missed
a nail...which wasn't often, he loved talking with children.
Bill Rominger was a good man. He was not one thing today and something else
tomorrow. He lived his faith daily and showed us how to make the walk through
life with love, peace, kindness, gentleness and self-control. Someone asked
Aunt Audrey if Bill ever did anything wrong...her answer was not much.
Betty Feezor, a beloved television personality in Charlotte, wrote "live
so that when you die, it will have mattered that you were here." Many
people will tell you life has been sweeter for them and it mattered that
Uncle Bill...a carpenter, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a friend
I would now like to address my comments to my Aunt Audrey (Dard). Uncle
Bill loved you very much. With a wink and a smile, you were always a sight
for sore eyes. Dard, Uncle Bill left us just past quitting time on May 15th
but there is much left for you to do. Being around the two of you, always
seemed like a great adventure and the time spent with you and Uncle Bill
are some of the sweetest and dearest memories of my life. Haily, Dalton,
Wesley, Little William and Christina will need sometime in their lives the
same sweet memories you and Uncle Bill gave to my brothers and I and to
so many others in this room. So now, I ask that you continue playing in
creeks, eating Colby cheese, and taking Haily, Dalton, Wesley, Little William
and Christina and other children including me on your wonderful adventures.
Uncle Bill would want it that way.