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Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church

On the afternoon of December 26, our beloved Romeo Garcia Lumaban, Jr. passed away of an unexpected heart attack. Romeo was an extraordinarily important part of his community, and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the good fortune to know and care for him.

Romeo was born in San Diego, California, but moved to Virginia Beach during his childhood and forever adopted Virginia as his home. After graduating from Green Run High School in 1988, Romeo attended Virginia Tech, where he graduated in 1992. Romeo then earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University in 1995, after which he worked as a Deputy Commonwealth Attorney at the Hampton Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, a post he held until 2008. In 2008, he joined the Smith Law Firm in Hampton, Virginia, where he worked to defend the rights of his clients in the areas of criminal law and domestic relations. Romeo was also appointed as a substitute judge for the Eighth Judicial District and was a respected member of the legal, business, and philanthropic community for the entirety of his career. Romeo served as the Past President of the Hampton Rotary Club and the Hampton Bar Association, as well as serving on the boards for the Newport News Center for Sexual Assault Survivors and Bacon Street. Romeo also served as a board member for a variety of other local non-profit organizations. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor for many years at Thomas Nelson Community College.

While Romeo will be remembered as an excellent attorney, judge, and colleague by his co-workers, he will be remembered as a loving husband, step-father, son, brother, and uncle by his family. Romeo, born to Romeo Tabara Lumaban, Sr. and Amparo Garcia Lumaban in 1969, married his best friend and the love of his life, Mary Celeste Lumaban, in a beautiful ceremony in 2012. Mary Celeste and Romeo enjoyed a wonderful life together, full of travel, fun, and adventure. From roller coasters at Busch Gardens to horseback riding in the Dominican Republic, Romeo loved to share new and exciting memories with his loved ones. Romeo also shared his personal warmth and love not only with his wife, Mary Celeste, but with his step-children, Cade and Cara Shaw. Romeo will be remembered for his easy smile and genuine enjoyment of Cade and Cara’s soccer games, dance recitals, and graduations. Romeo could always be counted on as a fun, cheerful, and bright presence at any family, social, or professional event.

Particularly important to Romeo were his Sunday afternoon trips to Virginia Beach, where he would have lunch with his mother, Amparo. Romeo was also a devoted brother to his two sisters, Gina and Grace, and an uncle/godparent to their children.

Romeo was preceded in death by his father, Romeo Tabara Lumaban, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Mary Celeste; his mother, Amparo Garcia Lumaban; his sisters, Gina Lumaban Marpuri and Grace Lumaban Key; his brothers-in-law, Jojo Marpuri and Dallas Key; his step-children, Cade and Cara; his nieces, Alexa Marpuri and Kayla Key and his nephews, Ian Marpuri and Austin Key. Romeo also leaves behind a community’s worth of friends and colleagues, as well as two cherished cats, Echo and Neo.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:00a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 520 Graydon Ave. Norfolk, VA 23507.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required at the funeral home and at the church.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made through donations to the Center for Sexual Assault Survivors at http://visitthecenter.org/donate.

Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#4 Karen Bonett 2022-01-01 19:10
This obit is so true in that he brightened up any gathering. We knew him and Mary through our son, and they both left a huge impression. The world has lost a bright spark, but Heaven has gained another angel. He will be missed.
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#3 Charisse Mullen 2021-12-29 13:50
Pleasant guy, awesome attorney. He is already missed.
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#2 Judge Judith Kline 2021-12-28 23:07
I am so saddened to hear of Romeo’s unexpected demise. He was a great lawyer who regularly appeared in my courtroom, always prepared, a zealous advocate for his clients but also respectful of the Court & collegial to opposing counsel. He will be greatly missed by the legal community.
His untimely passing should remind all of us to live our best lives every day we are blessed to be here. My sympathies to his family; I hope that memories of Romeo’s extraordinary life can provide some comfort.
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#1 Ruth Winslow 2021-12-28 21:53
Virgil and I are saddened at the loss of Romeo. He was an asset to the people in Hampton Rotary Club and those who benefited from the accomplishments of his time in Rotary.
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