In Memoriam - Ron Romine -
Friends of Ron Romine remember the chairman of the Spartanburg County Democratic Party Saturday as a true leader and a gentleman. Romine, 77, died Saturday, June 4th at Spartanburg Restorative Care.
Former U.S. Rep. Liz Patterson said she first met Romine when they worked on former Gov. Richard Riley's first campaign for governor. Riley only had about 2 percent support among Democrats, Patterson said, and she and Romine were part of that 2 percent. When Patterson launched her congressional campaign, Romine was a big part of that.
“I know I would not have won my first congressional campaign without him,” Patterson said.
State Sen. Glenn Reese, D-Spartanburg, said Romine was someone he could always call for support — even when he wasn't the chairman of the party. Reese described Romine as a “soft leader” — not because he wasn't strong, Reese said, but because he was “easygoing and laid back.” Reese said while Romine taught at USC Upstate, he tried to push his students to be involved in government. It didn't matter what political party they supported, Reese said, Romine just wanted them to know what was going on in their government.
“It'll be a great loss to the party,” Reese said. “I was just thinking, 'What are we going to do without him?'”
Barry Wynn, former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, said Romine was “one of the really good guys” in the world of public policy. Wynn said he and Romine were on opposite ends of the political spectrum from time to time, but he always had a lot of respect for Romine. When Patterson lost to Bob Inglis in 1992, Wynn said Romine called him to congratulate him on the race and the outcome.
“We don't have enough of what Ron represents, which is a level of decency and respect for people you disagree with,” Wynn said. “Everyone respected him, and he respected everybody. He will be missed.”
A memorial service honoring his life will be conducted at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. Visitation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spartanburg Democratic Party, P.O. Box 2682, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or click the Donate button above (to donate by credit card).
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