UPDATE: Funeral, Visiting Arrangements Set For John Romanelli

President of Burt's Reliable dies from burn injuries after Dec. 30 fuel fire.

John Romanelli, the president of Burt's Reliable fuel company, died in the early morning hours on Tuesday at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Romanelli, 47, was He was airlifted to Stony Brook Medical Center by Suffolk County Police medivac after a fuel hose from a bio-diesel fuel truck ruptured and sprayed a heat source that Romanelli was using, police said.

Romanelli's brother, Paul Romanelli, released this statement Tuesday morning:

"With deep sadness, we must inform you that John Romanelli, president of Burt's Reliable and resident of Southold passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 3. Unfortunately, John’s injuries were far too extensive despite the incredible efforts of the doctors and nurses of Stony Brook University Hospital and John’s fearless battle to survive. John is survived by his wife, Heather and his two children, Ethan and Tara ... We ask that you please give the Romanelli family and the employees of Burt’s Reliable time to grieve over this sad event."

Visiting hours and funeral arrangements for John Romanelli are as follows:


, Thursday at 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.


, Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment is private.

Donations to or the Stony Brook University Medical Center’s burn unit are welcome.

arnold blair January 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM
John, you will be missed. Your always smiling face, friendly demeanor, civic commitment and professional integrity made you a joy to know. You will be missed by all. My sympathy and prayers go out to the Romanelli family. R.I.P.
rachel January 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Heartfelt sympathies go out to the Romanelli family on their tragic loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. John and Ric Duell
Marcye January 03, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Praying for the Romanelli family.
John D'Angelo January 03, 2012 at 03:21 PM
This a terrible tragedy for the Romanelli family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to John, his wife and children and the rest of his family.
Neboysha R Brashich January 03, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Very, very sad news. He will be sorely missed - a very fine and honorable man who cared for the community he lived in. Our prayers are with the family. Neb and Prue Brashich
Kate Sciotto Sochacki January 03, 2012 at 04:02 PM
We will always remember John's contagious smile. Our thoughts are with John's family, his employees and the community who loved him. Dana and Kate Sochacki
Bridget DeCandido January 03, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Why? Such a good upstanding member of our community. Our condolences to his family and workers. Bridget & Bob DeCandido
Brenda Woodruff January 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
So sorry to hear this news. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Restoration Professionals of the Triad, Kernersville, NC
Ron Rothman January 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
We are saddened by the passing of John. Our sympathy and thoughts go out to the Romanelli family.
john quinn January 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Our prayers go out to John and his family. The Quinns
Vin Ricciardi January 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
OMG. I feel sick.
Julie doherty January 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Such a GREAT LOSS to everyone god bless the family
Steve Bertschi January 03, 2012 at 08:07 PM
A good and decent man.....Rest in Peace John....Steve Bertschi
Ditty51 January 03, 2012 at 08:35 PM
This is horrible news. I am shaken.
diane January 03, 2012 at 09:10 PM
We here at Romanelli are truely heartbroken, we have lost a kind , good man with a easy going way about him. John will be missed more then words can express, he will remain in our hearts and in our memory always.
Lisa B Cowley January 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with John's family and all his friends on the North Fork. His beautiful smile, community minded spirit and easy going nature will be missed by all. Vic Westgate and Dr. Lisa Cowley
George Faeth January 03, 2012 at 10:59 PM
oonald January 03, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Very sadden to hear such tragic news. Prayers go out to family and friends
Celia Marszal Iannelli January 04, 2012 at 12:16 AM
"May choirs of angels lead to your final rest"
Carolanne Kuntz Azan January 04, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I reember John fondly from Northside Elementary School. He was sweet, and kind and smart, and his Mom always welcomed us to his beautiful home, after school. I have not seen him in years, since i moved out of state, but my heart is breaking for his loss. My prayers go out to his family and friends. Carolanne Kuntz Azan
Arlene Mertens Haraden January 04, 2012 at 03:23 AM
So sad...RIP John. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
john llewellyn January 04, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I am deeply saddened about the loss of John. We were all so blessed to have had such a wonderful person touch our lives.Thru out life one may have many friends, John will always be in my memory as one of the greatest friends i have ever known,Truly a special person.My deepest sympathy to all of john's family, and to all who's hearts are broken by his loss. Rest in peace John, your old friend John Llewellyn.
Keith Kouris January 04, 2012 at 06:21 AM
John was one of the first to welcome us into the Southold community a few short years ago. His knowledge, effort and friendship were invaluable while we opened the bakery. We will always be grateful. Our prayers go out to family and friends of this kind gentleman. Nancy and Keith Kouris
eileen January 04, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Such sad, sad news. Our prayers go out to the Romanelli family. Such a loss for our community- he was such a good person! -John & Eileen Jaklevic
Gregg Charles January 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM
RIP John. Sympathy & Peace to the family. Makes me think we need to love someone today. Tomorrow is never a guarantee. ><>
Angelo January 04, 2012 at 02:47 PM
God Bless you John. I'll always remember your friendship & help. Keep smiling. God now has one of our favorite sons. Our sympathies to the Romanelli Family from the Piccozzi Family.
donna gruber January 04, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This is so incredibly sad. My heart goes towards wishing peace and comfort for his family, friends and all who were touched by his kindness, generosity, humor and gigantic smile. I was just an aquaintence, a customer and the chatty neighbor to the GP Brewery, which he loved going to. I did not know him well and can only imagine the immense grief those of you who did are going through now. Being around John just made you feel good. Only 2 weeks ago I had a surprisingly long and awesome conversation with John at a Christmas party. When we finshed I said, "You know what? I reeeeeallly enjoyed talking to you" and I did. It still sticks with me like a gift. He talked about his family with such affection and his kids being home for the holidays. I was so impressed with his love for his wife and children. We met when he came in the middle of the night @ 3am on my 3rd day living in GP when my oil burner broke. I was frozen, 3 bathrobes on to keep warm, and John was so incredibly friendly, kind, funny and even enthusiastic at that hour. He told me of stories he knew about the old house I had just moved into and gave me a bunch of really helpful advice about many things. He would also call me personally to tease me when my bills fell behind and he always made me laugh. John, you were a true gem to be around and I am so sorry you will not be here with us all who thought so much of you. My very sincere condolences to all those who loved him. Donna
Roberta Hering January 04, 2012 at 07:45 PM
My deepest sympathy to the Romanelli Family and the entire staff of Burts Reliable. He was never too busy to talk to you if you had a problem. He will be missed. Roberta Hering
Linda Warren January 06, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Sad for everyone, but especially his family. A real life tragedy.
Joseph Berardino January 08, 2012 at 09:15 PM
John I have a problem, can you take care of it? "Don't worry, I'll have it fixed right away." God bless you John and your family. Carol and Joe Berardino


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