Romaine B. Gallo

November 22, 1937 - February 4, 2014
Romaine B. Gallo


Romaine Bruno Gallo, of Surf City, NC, formerly of Gatlinburg, TN and formerly Boonville, NY passed away on Tuesday, February 4th at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center after greater than a decade of battling Multiple Myeloma. Romaine “Romey” was born on November 22, 1937 to Bruno and Michalina Gallo at home in West Leyden, NY the youngest of ten brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Elaine Mooney Gallo. Romey and Elaine were married on October 1, 1960 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Rome NY which started a love affair for the storybooks.

Romey graduated from Adirondack High School in 1956 and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from SUNY. He went on to be a NY State Trooper for 23 years and retired in 1984. Upon his retirement from the State Police he held the position of First Sargent. During his career with the State Police he most notable was part of the council for the security at the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, NY. He was in the stadium when the USA “underdogs” defeated the Russians and went on to win the Gold Medal. He was also a member of the board for disaster preparedness for the State of NY.

After his career in the State Police he went on to be a businessman, a professor, an author and a composer. He opened and operated “Gallery North” in Old Forge , NY, he taught at Carson-Newman College in Gatlinburg, TN, he wrote the book “Indian Givers: The True Story of Moss Lake” and he was an avid music composer most notably writing the song “Smoky Mountain Magic” that found its way to the radio stations in several regions.

Romey survived by his three children, Roman, John and Julie and four grandchildren Kristen, Brianna, Caitlyn and Danielle. Roman, wife Beth and children Kristen & Danielle are of Collierville, TN, John and Daughters Brianna & Caitlyn are of Raleigh, NC and Julie & Husband Dave are also of Raleigh, NC. Romey is also survived by three Siblings, Arthur Gallo of Boonville NY, Ailene Scott of Surf City NC and Arlene Stockhauser of Rome NY. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Romey made a mark on everyone he came in contact with as a compassionate, loving and strong man.

Romey asked that no final services be offered but as an avid animal lover he requested that anyone that wishes to, please make donations to Operation Topcat which is an organization that rescues stray and orphaned cats. Donations can be made to Operation Topcat, C/O Elaine Gallo, PO Box 2074, Surf City, NC 28445.

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  • June 12, 2022
    Paula McCarthy says:
    My father James T. McCarthy was in the NYSP and worked with Romey. He always spoke of him with great fondness...so sorry to hear the news of his passing.

  • February 09, 2014
    rhonda aidala says:
    Thoughts and prayers to my beautiful Aunt Elaine who is an amazing woman. My cousins Roman. John. Julie Please stick together and help each other during these sad days and difficult days ahead. Sending love and may you find peace Rhonda

  • February 05, 2014
    Mickey Simpson says:
    Elaine and family It is with heavy heart I write this note expressing our sympathy. Romey was a great role model at work and a great friend off the job for many years. We saw your children grow and your family move on as many of us did. He and his will not be forgotten in our prayers. Mickey & Evelyn

  • February 10, 2014
    Jan Mooney Mathis says:
    thnking of you n john julie roman,take each day as it comes,uncle romey will never be forgotten``` he had a great life family and friends,love n cherish the continued memories you can make with the rest of your family and many, many, friends sending all of my love <3 Janavis Mooney Mathis~~~

  • February 10, 2014
    Zack Friedman says:
    Elaine and Family, Donna and I were saddened to hear of Romey's passing and extend our deepest condolences to the entire Gallo Family. Our days extended beyond the NYSP to those Lake Trout days at White Lake and those days with friends at Lake Placid after the Olympics. Zack & Donna