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Romeo Foster

January 20, 1937 — August 25, 2018

OXFORD – Romeo Lesko Foster, 81, of Oxford, died peacefully on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital with his children and loving family by his side. He is survived by his son, Scott F.L. Foster of Marlboro, and daughter, Sonja L. Foster of Vernon, CT; two brothers, Lee “Brother” M. Foster and Harvey Hines; five sisters, Juliet L. DeBoise, Towana O. Foster, Gladys “Doll” A. Houston, Carolyn “Tinkle” J. Foster, and Debra “Renee” Foster; five grandchildren, Jonathon D.J. Clark, Tyler C.L. Foster, Jadah N. Cooper, Andre G.L. Foster, and Myles Q. Cooper; four great-grandchildren, Elijah J. Clark, Jayvoni I.C. Foster, Myiah L. Clark, and Aubriana R. Foster; his step-daughter, Stacey DeBoise Luster; his former wife, Catherine J. Foster; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn (Rutherford) Foster; two brothers, James “June” T. Foster and Leo C. Foster; and a sister, Marquite G. Cain. He was born in Landgraff, West Virginia, son of the late Lesko H. and Matilda E. (Martin) Foster, and lived in West Virginia and Worcester before moving to Oxford 50 years ago.
Romeo was proud of his heritage as a Black Native American of Cherokee and Blackfoot descent. He grew up in the unincorporated community of Amandaville, West Virginia, where he cultivated a lifelong love of the outdoors. Romeo’s passion for fishing and hunting began during his formative years as did his love for dogs. He graduated from Garnet High School in Charleston in 1955. Thereafter, Romeo relocated to New England. He was a polisher by trade and worked for several area manufacturers including Tupco in Auburn. Post-retirement, he remained active in the workforce as an employee of Family Mills, in Spencer, and UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester. He was a former member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in St. Albans, West Virginia and continued to be a man of faith throughout his life. For those who knew him, the hallmarks of Romeo’s personality were his genuine enjoyment of relationships with family and long-term friends, his love for dogs which he kept as companions, and his status as an avid fisherman. For decades he fished nearly every day with his good friend George “Sonny” Archambeault. In contrast, Romeo was also known as a smooth and charming sophisticate with an always fashionable wardrobe and a great gift for relating to people from all walks of life. He was a unique, loving and deeply loved man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Memorial calling hours are Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

“…love rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8




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