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Memorial for Eugene "Bink" Romanick, Jr.

Born in Paterson, NJ on Mar. 3, 1947
Died on Jan. 17, 2017 and resided in Hampton Township, NJ.
Visitation: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, Jan. 23, 2017
10:00 am
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Eugene "Bink" Romanick, Jr., 69, of the Clearview Lake section of Hampton Township, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon Township.

Born in Paterson, Gene was a longtime resident of Sussex County. His education was extensive. He received his Masters from William Paterson University, graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1983, graduated from the US Naval War College in 1985, and graduated from the Air University Graduate School in 1997. A Retired Lieutenant Colonel with the Army National Guard, Gene served in three Branches of the Army during his career: Infantry, Armor and Cavalry. He began his career as a tank mechanic with 3-104 Cavalry, then served the S3(Air), 3-113 Infantry, the S1, 3-113 Infantry, was Commander of Headquarters Company, 3-113 Infantry, Executive Officer with 5-102d Armor, and was a Budget Officer and United States Property and Fiscal Officer.

Gene was a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he was a Deputy National Director of Human Relations, a District Staff Officer -1st CG District – Human Relations, a Flotilla Commander, an AIDS Verifier, a Public Education Instructor, a Vessel Examiner and was a Qualified Boat Crew member. Other memberships included the Essex Troop Association, 5th 102nd Iron Horsemen Association, and the USABOT (USA Brotherhood of Tankers), where he served as Vice President / National Executive Officer, as well as Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer. He was also a volunteer coordinator for the Sussex County Sheriff's office from 2005 to 2006, a Forest Fire Warden, a member of Masonic Harmony Lodge No. 8, and a former Newton fireman.

His most cherished awards included the Order of St. Maurice, awarded by the United States Army Infantry Association; the Order of St. George, Bronze Medallion, awarded by the United States Armor Association of the US Army; the Order of St. George, Silver Medallion, of the United States Armor and Cavalry Association, presented by USABOT; the Army Commendation Medal; and the Meritorious Service Medal.

The son of the late Eugene Romanick, Sr., and Catherine (nee Hughes) Romanick, Gene is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna (nee Riker) Romanick; three daughters, Jennifer Adamec of Somerville, Melissa Morales of New Milford, and Rebecca Traylor of Unity, Maine; as well as three grandchildren, Allison, Daniella and Cassidy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church in Sparta. Interment is private. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

Memorial donations may be made Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860, Eleventh Hour Rescue, P.O. Box 218, Rockaway NJ 07866 (www.ehrdogs.org), or Feeding American (www.feedingamerica.org).

Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

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