He was born on Jan. 8, 1927 in Southbridge to Joseph and Giovanna (Verna) Romano, who had immigrated from Catignana, Italy. He was the youngest of seven children.
Henry married the former Therese Gregoire of Quebec, Canada, in 1952. They recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.
He leaves behind his wife and four daughters, Elisa Romano and her husband Ralph Blair of Wellesley, Camille Romano and her husband Mark Kasprzyk of Falmouth, Monica Romano and her husband Bob Weller of Seattle, Wash., and Natalie Romano of Greenfield. He also leaves six grandsons, Nicholas and Michael Blair, Kyle Kasprzyk and Maxwell, Henry and Louis Romano Weller, and several nieces and nephews.
Henry served as a signalman in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, receiving his degree from Bentley College of Accounting and Finance under the GI Bill.
He began his accounting career with Peat Marwick at a local office in Greenfield. In 1954, he became a partner in Roy B. Chapin and Company, when the practice was purchased from Peat Marwick. He retired in 1999 from the firm Romano and Pascucci, PC, which had moved its offices to Northampton.
He was a longtime member of the Lions Club and a member of the Board of Directors at the former Farren Memorial Hospital. Henry enjoyed longstanding memberships at the Country Club of Greenfield and the Crumpin Fox Club in Bernardston.
He was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church.
His love of his family was rivaled only by his passion for golf, a sport he graciously passed onto his wife, children and grandchildren. Henry was a man of great character who loved sharing a good story, a good laugh, good food and a good martini. He loved the town and place where he lived, took great pride in his surroundings and enjoyed the respect of so many, a status he earned and likewise deserved.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal St., with the Rev. Timothy J. Campoli, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Arc of Franklin and Hampshire Counties, 111 Summer St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the Soldiers Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040.
Kostanski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sympathy message available at: