Romus Broadway

June 23, 2020



Romus Broadway age 81 of Princeton, NJ passed away June 23, 2020.  

Romus Broadway of Princeton, NJ dies peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer.

He was beloved a beloved brother, wonderful father, grandfather, an adored great-grandfather, and an iconic figure in the community.

Romus was born February 13, 1939 in Belle Mead, Nj. He was the son of Jossie and John Broadway. He grew up on the farm in Belle Mead until he was about four years old when his family relocated to Princeton, Nj.

Princeton is where he acquired life-long friends which started in Princeton Nursery School, the Witherspoon School for the Colored, Valley Rd School and Princeton High School where he graduated in 1937.

Shortly after Princeton High School, he joined the United States Air Force.  He was so proud to be in the air Force and he was even prouder to have yearly reunions with the many of his fellow soldiers.

After the Air Force, Romus moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the American Airlines. In 1969, when Romus was riding his motorcycle to work, he was hit by an impaired driver which led Romus to a long hospitalization and surgeries.  This ended his career with the Airlines.

Undaunted by his disabilities, he persevered and went on to get a college degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts. During that time, he combined his love for history with photography. After graduation, he returned to Princeton and began researching his family history along with writing, photographing and chronically people and events in the Witherspoon Jackson neighborhood as well as the Italian Americans who lived in Princeton. 

He made collages for almost every event in Princeton.

As a result of his collages, he began speaking at churches, The A Council and Suzanne Patterson Center, and The Pannell Center Clay Street. His love for his community always led to giving time to Princeton Nursery School and activities in the neighborhood.

Services are private. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home. `

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