Romeo J. "Cremo" Kardas, 84
GILBERTVILLE Romeo J. "Cremo" Kardas, 84, died Sunday, January 27, 2008 at his home. He was born in Gilbertville on May 19, 1923. He graduated from St. Aloysius School in Gilbertville in 1937 and from Hardwick High School in 1941. He was employed at Tolmans Garage, the Ware Coupling & Nipple Co. and Wickwire Spencer Steel Co. in Palmer later known as the Colorado Fuel & Iron Corp. before retiring. Cremo was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 with basic training at Camp Maxey, Texas and Camp Shelby, Mississippi and assigned to the 733rd field artillery. He was shipped to the European Theater of Operations in 1943, waiting for the invasion of France in Denbigh, North Wales. He participated in the invasion of France with the 3rd Army under the command of General George Patton. He traveled through France, Belgium, Germany and Austria waiting to be shipped to the Far East. He earned four Battle Stars serving in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe before being honorably discharged at Ft. Devens, MA on December 28, 1945.
In 1947 Cremo attended Bill McGowans School for Umpires and worked in the Eastern Shore League, the Florida International League and the Canadian American League. During this time, he worked an exhibition game at Cooperstown, N.Y. between the Washington Senators and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also worked the Provincal League in Canada with hockey player Toe Blake.
Cremo was nominated as the first commander of the Gilbertville Post 9093 V.F.W., but was never installed because of his umpiring duties. In 1953 Cremo was the first person of Polish American descent to be elected to the Hardwick Board of Selectmen, serving two three-year terms. He was named administrative assistant for the Town of Hardwick in 1969, serving in that capacity 18 years before retiring in 1985. In June of 2006, he received a certificate from France for his participation in the invasion of Normandy. During his retirement, he was hospitalized in 1984, 1986 and 1999 for complete hip replacement.
He was a life-member of Post 246 American Legion, the Joseph Pilsudski Club in Gilbertville, Gabriel Narutowicz Club in Ware, the Uniformed Services, Mass Retirees, the A.A.R.P., and was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 9093 of Gilbertville. He also served on several committees for various organizations during his retirement.
Cremos funeral services will be held Thursday morning, January 31, 2008 from the Cebula Funeral Home, Ware, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m in St. Aloysius Church, Gilbertville. Burial will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery. A calling hour will be held Thursday from 8:30-9:30 a.m, prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O Box 447, Gilbertville, MA 01031, or to St. Aloysius Church, 58 Church St., Gilbertville, MA 01031