Sad News: Long time UFW staffer and close friend Gustavo “Compis” Romero passed away on Thursday 6/4/09 at 9:50pm in Delano.
Prayer services will be held on Sunday, June 14 at 11 am at Casa Hernandez at 200 S. Albany St, Delano, CA, 93215. Please click here to RSVP if you are attending the service.
Whether or not you are able to attend, we ask that you please share your personal memories of Compis with us by leaving a “reply” below. Viva Compis!
“Cesar knew there were many Cesar Chavezes in the movement–there were many men and women who made huge sacrifices and accomplished great things, but who never got much recognition. Gustavo (“Compis”) Romero was one of those heroic figures in the United Farm Workers. He never wavered in his commitment. He gave everything for the union, and more, and that devotion gave meaning to his life. Compis once said, ‘The aim of the union was so that farm workers could air their grievances and get a little justice.’ Compis spent his life making it happen. We will miss him very much.”—Helen Chavez
“From the day he walked out on strike in the Salinas Valley lettuce fields in 1970, Compis became one of those selfless people who totally dedicated themselves to the farm workers’ cause. Compis used to say Cesar taught him the power of giving people something when you don’t ask for anything in return. Cesar and Compis shared much in common and they forged a close friendship that lasted for the rest of their lives. Now they are once again united together in brotherhood and solidarity.”—UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez