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.