Henry “Red” Torromeo, 82, of Methuen, MA, passed away on October 18, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Janice L. (Bonneau) Torromeo to whom he was married for 58 years.
Born in Methuen, MA on December 15, 1938, Red was son to the late Henry Torromeo and Edith (Wilson) (Torromeo) Gangi. His father tragically passed away in a crane accident when he was only 5 days old. He was then lovingly raised by Charles A. Gangi of Lawrence, MA, along with his mother. He graduated from Lawrence High School, Class of 1956, and served his country in the U.S. Army. He was the proud owner, CEO, and President of Torromeo Industries Inc. and Kingston Red T Mix. Red started the business, formerly known as Torromeo Trucking, in 1958 alongside his wife with one truck and a dream to serve the community. "HAVE TRUCK, WILL TRAVEL,” was the slogan on the side of Red’s first 1955 F-800 Ford Dump Truck. Torromeo Industries, Inc. & Divisions remain family owned and operated, serving as the leading provider of Construction Aggregates and Ready-Mix Concrete products for the commercial and residential construction industry throughout Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Torromeo Industries, Inc. presently has over eighty employees who are an extension of his family.
Red loved his business and was a tireless worker who was always somewhere around the yard, under a truck, or tending to his garden. If he wasn’t working, he was at the Howe Street Superette, enjoying a slice of pizza, cup of coffee, and playing his lottery numbers. He was also a Trustee at the Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen.
Red was a jack of all trades. He came from very humble beginnings and worked multiple jobs at a young age. He worked at his father’s fish market, Gangi Seafood, Lawrence and delivered milk for Miller’s Farm, Methuen before and after school. He also delivered oil for Slombo Oil out of Lawrence. Red was a businessman, loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family. His children and grandchildren meant the world to him.
In his spare time, Red enjoyed traveling with his family. He often participated in fishing tournaments ranging from Maine up to Knee Lake, Manitoba, Canada and down to Florida, Bimini, and the Bahama Islands. His boat, the Naughty Girl, out of Hillsboro Inlet, FL, is where he taught his grandchildren how to get their “sea legs.” He also enjoyed numerous hunting trips with his friends in Maine, Alaska, and Ungava Bay, Quebec.
In addition to his wife Janice, he is survived by his daughters, Brenda Torromeo and her companion David Shick of Methuen, MA, Paula Beebe and her husband Christopher of Brentwood, NH; his son, Bruce Torromeo of Hampton Falls, NH; his grandchildren, Carl “CJ” Geisler IV, Cassidy Geisler and her fiancé Ryan Landry, Kimberly, Nicholas and Kristen Beebe, and Nicole Torromeo. He also leaves behind sisters, Frances Boesel, Edith Leone, and Carol Gangi, all of Arizona; along with his brother-in-law, Ronald E. Bonneau and wife Lori of Buda, TX; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, George Torromeo.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Red’s memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843 and Friends of Nevins Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, October 24, 2021, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen. A service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen.