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At 100, he's still a man on the move

Published January 9, 2007


Even at 100, Stephen Romaine of Tarpon Springs has a hard time sitting still.

The active centenarian gets around town on his trusty three-wheeled bike, eats at his favorite restaurants and still shoots pool. He boasts a hearty appetite and still gets a great night's sleep.

Residents of Tarpon Springs Manor, where Romaine has lived since 2005, hosted a birthday celebration for him with lunch and a cake in the Manor's clubhouse on Dec. 21.

Romaine was born on Dec. 30, 1906 in Austria and was a small child when he came to America with his parents. The family lived in the northeastern United States, where his father found work in the mills. They also lived on a small farm in Blackstone, Mass., where three brothers and two sisters were born.

"We had pigs," he said, "and cows, which my mother milked." He went on to say there was a lake behind his boyhood home where he loved to swim. "I was a YMCA boy," he said, proud of the fact he was always athletic and took care of his body by not drinking or smoking.

He lived 40 years in Massachusetts and 50 years in Miami, starting a job in airline maintenance at Miami Airport at the end of World War II. After retiring in 1982, he moved to New Port Richey, and in 2005 moved to Tarpon Springs Manor.

His big love is music. He bought a violin in 1916 and took lessons. A friend dubbed him "King Romaine" in the 1930s when he created a 15-piece band in which he played the violin, saxophone and clarinet. The band played dance music of the era, and Romaine still has photos and the clarinet.

Romaine says dancing is how he met his four wives.

"They were all good wives," he said. "All blondes."

As a testament to his talent on the dance floor, Earline Grimm, manager of Tarpon Springs Manor, said," He danced up a storm at this year's Christmas party!"

Romaine still makes it to the Knights of Columbus in Holiday for an occasional Saturday night dinner and dance.

Romaine had no children of his own, but has several nieces who live in New England. He says he'd like to get married again. He says it's too lonely living alone, and the fact that he just celebrated his 100th birthday doesn't deter him in the slightest.

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Couple celebrates 77th anniversary

Albert and Laura Schultz of Largo recently celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary with friends and family at Cabot Cove of Largo Assisted Living Facility.

The couple was married on Jan. 4, 1930 in Greensburg, Pa. Mr. Schultz was employed by U.S. Steel and Mrs. Schultz was owner of a restaurant named The Laura L. The Schultzes are members of the Largo Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Daughter Carol Rivers of Pinellas Park says of her parents, "My mom and dad are very sharp mentally and they are both very active and a joy to be around."

Mr. and Mrs. Schultz have eight children, 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

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Cynthia E. Goudeau, city clerk/legislative liason for the city of Clearwater, has achieved the designation of Master Municipal Clerk from the Master Municipal Clerk Academy of the International Academy for Municipal Clerks.

Goudeau, a 28-year employee of the city, was named the 2005 Clerk of the Year by the Florida League of Cities. She has served as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president of the Pinellas County Municipal Clerks Association, was the Central West Director and is now the second vice president of the Florida Association of City Clerks Inc. She has been a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks since 1981.

For information or an anniversary form, call 727 445-4221. To submit an item to Good for You, write to Nova Beall, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax forms to (717) 441-4119, or e-mail

[Last modified January 9, 2007, 07:24:33]

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