[talk] RIP Romeo of Suspenders

Raul Cuza raulcuza at gmail.com
Tue Apr 14 21:20:37 EDT 2020

RIP Romeo. Thank you for your generosity of spirit(s) and making space
for us geek sorts. May your journey always find you an empty bar stool
whenever you need it.


On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 9:11 PM Robert Menes <viewtiful.icchan at gmail.com> wrote:
> RIP Romeo... thanks for always being there for us! Be well on your cosmic journey!
> --Robert
> On Tue, Apr 14, 2020, 20:13 George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote:
>> FYI, this past Sunday, April 5th, Romeo from Suspenders passed from
>> COVID-19.
>> Some of us knew Romeo before the first NYC*BUG meeting at the old
>> Suspenders location at 111 Broadway. The first meeting there was in 2007
>> with Ivan about Subversion
>> (https://www.nycbug.org/index?action=view&id=10076).
>> True story: Steve Jobs went out of his way to bump us out of the Soho
>> Apple Store, since no attendees were capable of answering questions
>> aobut shortcuts in Quark. We didn't "fit in" there, and remember, at
>> that time, the Soho Apple Store was the flagship of Apple.
>> We held a lot of meetings in the backroom of the old Suspenders, then
>> again at the new Suspenders on Maiden Lane. We very much became
>> identified as "that group that met in the backroom of Suspenders."
>> We even held our last NYCBSDCon at the old Suspenders in 2014
>> (https://www.nycbug.org/index?action=view&id=10344). Oh, god, even MWL
>> looked young then. We worked with Romeo who gave us the whole place for
>> the day, and dealt with food and drinks at a very reasonable price.
>> After previous NYCBSDCons, it was a breath of fresh air, and really low
>> stress for the organizers.
>> We also held one NYC-wide holiday party there in 2012
>> (https://www.nycbug.org/index?action=view&id=10331), which again, Romeo
>> helped us out with.
>> Anyways, I was fortunate to have Romeo hold me hostage at the bar just
>> before this whole thing broke out a few months ago. I was already at a
>> Suspenders event, and had no intention of staying, but it was a blast.
>> We drank late night and had "the usual" discussion, food and family.
>> Romeo leaves behind his wife and very young daughter, plus a load of
>> siblings.
>> Cheers Romeo!
>> g
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