William Sydney Romer passed away on January 14, 2021 at the age of 92 at the Barrington of Carmel where he resided. Billy was born in Indianapolis to Sydney and Irene (Guggenheim) Romer. He graduated from Shortridge High School and Indiana University, relishing his time as a Sammy (in the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity) in college. He served in the Army and was stationed in Panama. Billy married his beautiful bride, Joyce (nee Gould) when she was 20 and he was 27, and they were married for 63 years until Joyce’s passing less than 4 months ago.
In 1966 Billy left the family lighting business, Romer Electric, and opened his motorcycle dealership, Honda-Triumph of Indianapolis, where he happily kibitzed with bikers young and old, timid and bold for 25 years until he retired.
Billy was known and especially loved by his family and friends for his quick sense of humor and his slightly devious, but adorable grin. He most enjoyed playing tennis, dabbling in the stock market, driving a succession of convertibles, and sitting on his porch in the sun for hours[HM1] . Billy most loathed lukewarm soup (thank goodness for microwave ovens) and punctuality, and his family eventually figured out that it was useful to subtract two hours from the start time of any event where he was expected to show up. He was a lifelong member of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, where his family has worshiped since the 19th century.
In addition to his wife, Billy was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Bob. He is survived by his daughter Cindy, his son Scott, grandsons Michael (Breanna) and Andy Heslin, great-grandchildren Jacob and Natalie Heslin, and several nieces and nephews.
The family is forever grateful to Billy’s wonderful and dedicated caregiver in his final months, Lucinda Woods. Thanks also to family friend Blair Karsch, who brought him BBQ ribs and made him laugh.
A private family graveside service will take place on January 18. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, or the charitable organization of the donor’s choice.
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