December 31, 2013
LONG LAKE--Michael Romanych, 88, a long-time resident of Long Lake, passed away December 31, 2013 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Born May 13, 1925, in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of the late John and Tessie (Szymelka) Romanych.
Michael was married to Frances (Zabowski) for 64 years.
He honorably served in World War II from 1943 to 1946 as a U.S. Army Military Policeman during the invasion of Okinawa, Japan, and obtained the rank of sergeant.
After the war he moved to upstate N.Y., first working at Siegel's Hardware Store in Tupper Lake and later for Gallo Wines and Litchman Distributors, where he was consistently lauded as a top-selling salesman. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Long Lake, where he became a champion for individual and landowners’ rights. In 1991 he opened the first known self-service roadside woodshed in the Adirondack region.
He is survived by his wife, Frances; two sons, Michael and Marc; daughters-in-law Alice and Jackie; and two grandsons, David and Matt.
A memorial service is planned to celebrate Michael's life. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Long Lake Rescue Squad.