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October 4, 2012

Beloved ex-Downsville teacher dies from injuries


Kromer was riding a 900cc 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan at the time of the accident, police reports and family said.

His daughter said Kromer was not only fluent in Spanish, but also spoke French, Italian, Portuguese and Latin and had a rudimentary knowledge of Romanian and Cherokee, the latter obtained from his family’s sponsorship of a Native American child in North Carolina.

He wrote music and played organ at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Downsville and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Margaretville. Blanca Kromer said he also sang in the Delaware County Men’s Choir until it was dissolved.

He was an “avid reader and (had) a near-photographic memory,” Rosetta Kromer said.

“The man could just pluck out facts from the middle of book he read five years ago,” she said.

“I grew up feeling if I ever had a question, you either went to the Internet or my dad. He was like a walking, talking encyclopedia.”

Among his many activities, Kromer found time to help coach soccer and baseball at Downsville.

Kromer earned a bachelor’s degree from Bard College and master’s degrees from the State University College and New Paltz and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

His corny sense of humor was legendary.

“At school they were known as Kromer jokes,” Rosetta Kromer said. “He was infamous for that, because no matter how (bad) your day was going, he’d find a way to make you smile.”

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