Albert Carmen Romanelli, 86, a lifelong Beacon resident, died on Nov. 22, 2018, at his home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Beacon, the son of Antonio and Rose (DiMenza) Romanelli. He was a graduate of Beacon High School and studied at Dutchess Community College.
Albert served with the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean Conflict; upon his discharge he returned to his position at IBM in East Fishkill, where he continued for 39 years until his retirement as an advisory (senior associate) engineer. On Oct. 20, 1962, he married Rosemary Ann Bolsover.
Albert served as commissioner of public works in Beacon, councilman-at-large; acting mayor under Clara Lou Gould; and chairman of the Beacon Recreation Commission; He was a boxing coach for the Golden Gloves at Beacon High School; a Boy Scout Leader; a communicant of St. John Evangelist Church in Beacon, where he served as lector; St. John’s CYO and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 445 of Beacon
He was also co-chairman of the St. Anthony annual celebration; a member of the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary; the Sergeant School PTA; helped with the food program with community action; a member of the Beacon Garden Club, and active in Beacon’s fishing derby.
Albert loved going to the racetrack, casinos and day trips with his wife. He had a passion for gardening and helped start the Beacon Farmers Market. He was known for his beautiful flowers and orchard at his home on Rombout Avenue.
Besides his wife of 56 years, he is survived by his children Mark Romanelli (Ana Maria), Maria Harrison (Ricky), Anthony Romanelli (Michelle), Christine Romanelli-Ingles (Juan) and Bernadette Romanelli. He also survived by his grandchildren: Trevi Romanelli, Brittani Romanelli, Tony Romanelli, Dillon Harrison and Jesse Harrison; and two sisters, Rose Polhemus and Jeanne Cole (Richard).
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Nov. 26 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon, followed by interment and military honors at the St. Joachim Cemetery.