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.

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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