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Damian Louis Romanelli
Viewing: Friday October 9, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Church
Service: Friday October 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Location: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Gaithersburg, MD

Damian Louis Romanelli

October 6, 2015


Damian Romanelli died Tuesday evening at the Wilson Health Care Center of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD following a long illness.  Damian was the beloved husband of Claire Theresa Romanelli who preceded him in death in December of 2013.  The couple had been married 63 years.

Damian was born in Darby, Pennsylvania the son of Angelo and Mary Romanelli.  He was a 1947 graduate of Darby High School and served in the U.S. Army as a machinist during the Korean War.  Following his military service, Damian served on the Metropolitan Police Force for 24 years, retiring in 1978 with the rank of Lieutenant.  Immediately following his distinguished career with the District of Columbia, he then served as the Chief of Police at the Library of Congress for an additional 26 years.  Damian was preceded in death by his brothers, Nicholas, Philip, Rudolph and his sisters Mona Gayton and Pauline Triggiani, he is survived by his sister Ardwina Maitland of Darby, PA.


He is survived by a sister, Ardwina Maitland of Darby, PA; a daughter Diane Moak (Gaithersburg, MD); three sons Joseph (Walkersville, MD); Stephen (Dallas, TX) and Paul (Silver Spring, MD); seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Damian was a loving father and mentor to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; his love for his family was of paramount importance and meant more to him than life itself.  He was a staunch and loyal defender of the Roman Catholic faith and retained great devotion to Saint Michael, the patron of Police Officers.


The funeral will be held on Friday, October 9th at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20882.  Family and friends may call from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the church vestibule; a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM and interment will follow at All Souls� Cemetery, Germantown, MD.  Memorial contributions in Damian�s name may be made to St. Ann�s Center for Children, Youth and Families at



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