Known to his childhood friends as “Flip,” Phillip died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, February 4 in Greenwich.
He was a youthful 59 year old born in Arcadia, California to the parents of Carol (Brookshire) and Rodolfo Romersa. An avid New York Mets, Jets, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks fan, Phillip grew up in Greenwich, the town where he lived for over fifty-five years. He was a proud graduate of The Eagle Hill School, in Greenwich and The Forman School in Litchfield, and attended Yuba College in Marysville, California, and received an Associates of Arts degree from Housatonic Community College. He worked at the Xerox Corporation headquarters in the mail services department for nearly twenty-five years.
He also volunteered for the Connecticut Special Olympics as a spotter and loader in the weight lifting events for over fifteen years. During his later years he worked at Marshall’s in Stamford and was a member of Greater Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities (The GOALD group), a social club for adults that his mother founded in 1994, to have fun, safe, meaningful activities and get-togethers.
He will be remembered for his youthful energy, kindness, generosity, tireless work ethic, disciplined thriftiness, helpfulness, fierce determination, unending curiosity, and friendliness to everyone he met. His interests included reading, bowling, video games, researching sports statistics, studying American History, and collecting foreign currency.
He is survived by his mother, Carol Brookshire Romersa Wright, his brother Peter Romersa, and longtime friend Kezy Fusco. Also Aunt Nina and cousin Jim Tenerani, Uncle Frank Shideler, cousins Kimberly Shideler-Kalaydjian, and Kristen Shideler-Evans, as well as his stepsiblings Theo, Sam, and Abi Wright, and their children Calum, Joseph, Sarah, Annie, and Lucy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phillip’s name to GOALD, Greater Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities, PO Box 363, Fairfield, CT 06824.
A memorial service will take place later this spring at a time and location to be announced.