Clarence “Buddy“ Abel Rome III

Clarence “Buddy“ Abel Rome III passed away peacefully with his family by his side Monday, July 21, 2014 at Tulane Medical Center after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer at the age of 63. He is survived by the love of his life, partner Marlene Albe Himel for 35 years. Beloved father of Angela Marie Rome Ruiz, father-in-law of Wallace ‘Bubba’ Ruiz and grandfather of Tabatha, Jonathan and the late Wallace Ruiz. He was born to the late Inez Coffey Rome White and late Clarence Abel Rome II on December 17, 1950. Survived by his dear sister Sharon Rome Andrews (Jack), his niece Lisa Andrews Martinez (Michael), and a host of other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed and much remembered. He was known for his funny stories and love of the outdoors and animals, especially his two beagles Amelia and Toby and his ‘pet’ alligator Esther. Buddy was a retired welder and fitter, working for many years in shipyards, both in Louisiana and Mississippi. He loved working with his hands, a jack of all trades who excelled in woodworking. Born in New Orleans, he was a resident of Violet, LA , living most of his adult years in St. Bernard Parish, He also briefly resided in Slidell, LA after Hurricane Katrina. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the many doctors, nurses, aides and staff for the exceptional care given to him over the past 5 years at Tulane Medical Center and St. Bernard Parish Hospital. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at St. Bernard Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in Chalmette, LA on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. A funeral mass will begin at 12 p.m. in the chapel, followed by interment in the Garden of Peace at St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to Tulane Cancer Center – Sartor Research. Mail to: Dr. Oliver Sartor, Box SL-42, 1430 Tulane Ave. New Orleans, LA 70112. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit

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