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Official Obituary of

Robert Roomberg

October 2, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old

Robert Roomberg Obituary

Robert (Rob) Alan Roomberg, callsign KB3-BYT, passed away on September 30, 2023 from congestive heart failure. He was found in the midst of one of his many projects, this one an endeavor to engineer the perfect guitar distortion pedal. 


Rob was born to Toby Harrington (nee Schon) and Gerald Roomberg on February 8, 1960, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a 1978 graduate of Cherry Hill East High School. He briefly attended Drexel University for Architecture, and carried his love of building forward through life. Rob married the love of his life, Monica Young, on July 2, 1981, and again in the eyes of God at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Philadelphia in 1989.


Rob was a self-taught computer programmer and through his career worked on many projects, including programming the Monroe County 9-1-1 Center software in preparation for "Y2K". He retired early after fifteen years. In his retirement, he worked as a snowboard instructor at Big Boulder and Jack Frost Resorts, and played music around the towns of Jim Thorpe and Bethlehem. He favored the mandolin and violin for their portability, but played any instrument he could put his hands on. He was an avid fan of local musicians and established to archive their talent. Rob also spent many days on his kayak on Mauch Chunk Lake enjoying the serenity of nature.


Rob served as the president and vice president of the Carbon Amateur Radio Club for many years and remained a member until his passing. Rob volunteered as a HAM Radio operator and teacher for visiting school groups at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. His love of HAM will survive him in his website,, which earned him national acclaim. 


Rob was preceded in death by his father and mother, and stepmother Lila Roomberg (nee Simon). He leaves behind his loving wife, Monica Young, three children, their spouses, and nine grandchildren: Candice Holsinger, husband Steve, children Sensai Lazur Holsinger, Lily, Xander, and Meadow; Andrew Roomberg, wife Charlotte Coppens, sons Atreyu, Rufio, and Aero; Robyn Scallion, husband Desmond, daughters Clover and Ivy. Tom Storm held a special place in Rob's heart as adopted son, friend, and confidante. He also leaves behind his loving brothers, Leon and Barry Roomberg; twin sister, Lisa Von Drasek; and stepsister Ginny Simon.


Rob was not a fan of organized religion and so at his behest, his memorial service will focus on music and memories. All are welcome to join his family at Vic's Jazz Loft in the Stabin Museum at 268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA on Friday, October 13th from noon to three to celebrate the very colorful life of Rob Roomberg.  In lieu of flowers please donate to Food Pantry by Sheppard House

101 East 10th Street, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

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