Posted On November 17th, 2011 -


Colleen “Sugar” Morrow Romanek died Friday, November 11th at the age of 84. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her three loving children at Kahala Nui in Honolulu.

Sugar was born in Oakland, California on August 12, 1927 and moved to Honolulu shortly afterwards. She attended Washington Elementary School and Punahou. She left Hawaii to attend Finch College in New York City where she met her first husband, Richard “Dick” Morrow who was a student and football player at Yale University. They fell in love and married shortly after graduation from college.

DIck worked for Hercules Powder Company, and his job took them to Oregon, Kansas, New York and ultimately Wilmington, Delaware where they settled and raised three children.

After Dick’s death in 1984, Sugar moved back to Honolulu to help care for her aging parents, Haydn and Lois Phillips. Haydn was a well-known architect in the islands responsible for the design of many prestigious homes in Kahala and Waialae Iki, as well as the Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawaii. Lois was well known for her charity work with the Festival of Trees, a fifty year tradition benefitting Queen’s Hospital.

After resuming an active social life at the Outrigger Canoe Club, Sugar met her second husband, Henry Romanek, a retired Army Colonel. They were married and spent ten happy years together until Henry’s death in 2008.

Sugar moved to Kahala Nui just before Henry’s passing, and resided in the independent living facility for nearly four years. She made many new friends there, and reacquainted herself with old friends from her youth. She will always be remembered as a cheerful and friendly woman who enjoyed her evening cocktail!

Sugar is survived by her three children: Gary Morrow of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Grant Morrow of Honolulu, and Patricia Morrow McLoughlin of Manhattan Beach, California. She is also survived by her beloved niece, Randy Silleck Conway of Honolulu, and her nephew Haydn Silleck of Boulder, Colorado. Sugar had three grandchildren, Erin, Ian and Gabriella, all residing in California.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Sugar’s favorite charity, the Hawaii Humane Society. The family would love to hear from any and all who knew Sugar, please send email correspondence to: Aloha Mom! We love you!

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