January 27, 1932 ~ November 22, 2018
Albert Carmen Romanelli, 86, a life-long Beacon resident, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at his home, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Albert was a devoted husband and loving father of five children & five grandchildren.
Albert was born on January 27, 1932 in Beacon, son of the late Antonio & Rose (DiMenza) Romanelli. He was a graduate of Beacon High School, and furthered course studies at Dutchess Community College.
Albert served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954; upon his discharge he returned to his position at IBM in East Fishkill, where he continued for 39-years, and retired as an advisory (senior associate) engineer.
On October 20, 1962 at St. Denis Catholic Church on Sylvan Lake in Hopewell Jct., he married Rosemary Ann Bolsover, who survives at home, having just celebrated 56-years of marriage. Together they raised two sons & three daughters who also survived him: Mark (Ana Maria) Romanelli, Maria (Ricky) Harrison, Anthony (Michelle) Romanelli, Christine (Juan) Romanelli-Ingles and Bernadette Romanelli.
He is survived by his five grandchildren: Trevi Romanelli, Brittani Romanelli, Tony Romanelli, Dillon Harrison and Jesse Harrison; and also his two sisters, Rose Polhemus and Jeanne (Richard) Cole; and several nieces, nephews & many friends.
He was predeceased by his two brothers and two sisters; Joseph & Anthony Romanelli, Mary Gunn and Antoinette Miller.
Albert loved & enjoyed going to the racetrack, casinos, and day-trips with his wife Rosemary. Albert had a passion for gardening; he took great pride in it at his home. He took his hobby of gardening and started the Beacon Farmers Market. He was known for his beautiful flowers and orchard; people would always drive by to admire his tulips & roses at his home on Rombout Avenue. He was known for his infectious smile, and his kind-humble and compassionate spirit. He was also very active in the Beacon community, and loved to volunteer.
Albert was Commissioner of Public Works in Beacon, Councilman-at-large for Beacon; Acting Mayor under Hon. Clara Lou Gould; Chairman of the Beacon recreation commission for 8-years; He was a boxing coach for the Golden Gloves at Beacon High School; Boy Scout Leader; a communicant of St. John Evangelist Church in Beacon, where he served as lector for many years, and St. John’s CYO and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 445 of Beacon; Co-chairman of the St. Anthony annual celebration; member of the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary; Sergeant School PTA; helped with the food program with community action; a member of the Beacon Garden Club, and very active in Beacon’s fishing derby.
The Family & Friends will gather on Sunday, November 25th from 4-8pm at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10am, Monday, November 26th at St. John the Evangelist Church, Willow Street, Beacon, followed by interment and military honors at the St. Joachim Cemetery, Washington Avenue, Beacon.
Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the Libby Funeral Home of Beacon; to offer condolences, please visit: www.www.libbyfuneralhome.com. The family would like to give a special thanks to the caregivers, Mary Jane, Stanley, Millie and Donna, for the kindest and loving care given to their husband & father.