It is with deep sorrow that we announce Mr. Richard (Choo Choo) Rosario Germano, of Yulee, died on Monday, September 21, 2020 following a brief illness. He was born in Waycross, Ga. and was the son of Richard Diego Germano and Ida Salvatrice Spatola Germano. He was 78 years old and was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Choo Choo graduated from Waycross High School in 1960. He also attended University of Georgia and Valdosta State College.
Choo Choo was a passionate businessman; he was the owner of Richard’s Shoe Store and Richard’s Department Store of Waycross as well as New Ideal Department Store in Birmingham, Alabama. He later moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida where he owned The Crab Trap Restaurant, Amelia Hotel at the Beach and Amelia Dream Cars. Choo Choo enjoyed restoring antique cars, fishing, boating and he was an MG enthusiast. Choo Choo’s biggest passion in life was his family and friends. He adored his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Time spent at Papa Choo Choo’s house was very special for all of them. He made life-long friends where ever he would go.
Choo Choo is survived by his former wife, Doris Beasley Germano of Blackshear, his children Holly Germano of Fernandina Beach, Tina (husband Mitch) Germano-Tillman of Waycross, Heidi (husband Jamie) Germano-Bracewell of Jekyll Island, Choo Choo (wife Reginna) Germano of Waycross. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Dustin (wife Stacy) Benecke of Cape May, New Jersey, Christian (wife Beth) Benecke of Tampa, Carly (husband Evan) Durden of Blackshear, Jaden Forgason of Waycross, Max Wohlfarth of Fernandina Beach, Claire Wohlfarth of Yulee, Ayla Germano of Brunswick, Aryn Germano of Tifton, and Fisher Germano of Waycross. Richard also had nine great-grandchildren Madison and Mikenna Benecke, Abigail, Isaac and Judah Benecke, Judson and Harper Durden, Theo Wohlfarth and Koen Germano. Choo Choo is survived by his brother, Ricky Germano of Waycross and much-loved cousins.
In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions may be made to: Waycross Discovery Montessori School, Inc. a Non-profit 501 c3, to the scholarship-fund Visit the Website @ https://www.discoverymontessorischool.us/scholarship-fund or mail to: WDMS 711 Satilla Blvd. Waycross, Ga 31501 or to Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center at http://www.micahsplace.org/.
A private service will be held for immediate family.