Geno from the 1980's (left) and 2017 (right)

Geno Romanow Legacy Fund

A Geno Romanow Legacy Fund has been established with the Community Foundation of Portage & District. The announcement of the fund coincides with tomorrow’s (May 8) one year anniversary of his passing.

Lisa Romanow (Geno’s daughter) was involved with getting the fund established and says its about keeping his memory alive. “It has to do with his legacy. Over the years he was so meticulous when it came to the equipment. Always trying to save money but making sure the guys were taken care of. I wanted to carry that on. I knew that equipment is a big part of the budget and I wanted to make sure the Terriers were covered in that way.”

Geno fell in love with the Terriers when they won the Centennial Cup in 1973. He then joined the board of directors and took on the role of equipment manager and trainer. Geno continued in that role until his passing in May of 2020. He became more than just a trainer and equipment manager to many of the players; he was a second father and in his later years a second grandfather.

“I’m hoping that once COVID is done we can do a yearly event with the alumni to help keep this fund supported,” says Lisa. “As hard as this last year has been, I love hearing stories of my father. Hearing about what he meant to people in the community and to alumni. I’ve heard from players from the 70’s till now.”

All donations made to the Geno Romanow Legacy Fund will be permanently endowed and the investment income will annually be used by the Portage Terriers organization with a focus on equipment.

If you would like to learn more about this fund or make a donation, please contact the Community Foundation of Portage & District at 204-856-1971, by email at info@cfpdi.ca or online at www.cfpdi.ca.