Roman Romeo Hank was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, on September 27, 1986, to Rayne and Lena Young. Roman completed his grade twelve in 2004 at Wacihk Education Complex in Shoal Lake Cree Nation. With the help of Mr. R. Mode, he took part in a program called Katimavik, where he went to British Columbia, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Following that, Roman attended the University of Regina, where he obtained a degree in Psychology. He then pursued his Masters in Indigenous Linguistics from St. Paul, Alberta. He worked hard for everything he accomplished. It was the passion and drive that he had that gave him a chance to meet numerous people. His friends from Regina, Saskatoon, and other places, shared compliments, and fond memories with his family. His friends' stories lifted us, knowing Roman had a place in their hearts.
Roman is well-known for his resiliency in his work and as a person. He was brilliant, humble, and amazing to be around. He had a massive impact on everyone who got to know him. Roman implemented a change in his workplace, mentoring his coworkers with the things he taught them and the love he shared. He was the most genuine person who spoke his mind. His family meant the world to him when he talked about them to his colleagues, past and present. He was free, open to love, and made people laugh. He was like a light to many of his friends, and they enjoyed his company. Roman enjoyed attending pow-wows, biking, garage sale shopping, and coffee with his university family. They shared Roman's laughter when he would throw his head back when he laughed. Roman did not miss the opportunity to attend hockey tournaments in New York, NY., Montreal, Quebec, and Calgary, Alberta. He played in the Saskatoon Recreation Hockey League until his passing. His team the Zambronis remember him as a committed hockey player that never missed a game. "Akihnayit” (he was a good hockey player).
Roman was known to his friends as "Romanov," "Roaming around," "Romeo," "Romes," "Darcy" (Auntie Clara) "Meo” (Dad and sister Rona).
Roman will be sadly missed by his mother, Lena, and siblings: Roderick, Robinson, Cherie, Ramsey, Rona, Rena, and Teresa; his auntie Camelia Lathlin from OCN and numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and his siblings' grandchildren. His Godparents, Lori Young and Henry Crane. His Godchildren, Kenneth Young and Terence Gamble.
He is predeceased by his father, Rayne, and his grandparents: Thomas and Bella Young, Simon, and Angelique Mckay. His cousins: Triston Flett, Duril Mckay, Wesley Lathlin, Kendell Head, “The Brother-Stanley” and his niece Brooke Lathlin, including numerous other family members, we would like to acknowledge as well.
Though Roman is no longer with us, he left his family and friends a legacy to continue to work hard, move forward, and never give up. This message reflected his life, and he embraced it. The PRIDE colors represent Roman's character, meaning he accepted everyone, no matter who they were. Roman lived out his father's character and personality by becoming a man; with humbleness, simplicity, and integrity.
Thank you to everyone from the Young Family and extended families for all your encouragement and prayers.