Alexander Romanelli
1932 - 2020
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Alexander Romanelli

Pt. Pleasant -

Al (Pop-Pop) Romanelli, 88, of Pt. Pleasant passed away at home on Sunday November 15, with his children at his side. He was born in Jersey City and lived there until 1956. He then blazed a trail down to the serenity of the Jersey Shore in order to raise a family. Many members of the Romanelli family followed him down over the years.

Al had a distinguished tour in the Air force during the Korean War where he served as an airplane mechanic. General Dwight D. Eisenhower personally delivered several commendations to Al for his exemplary service. After moving to New Jersey Al began a career in the U.S. Postal Service where he became a beloved member of the Bay Head community for over 30 years. Al constantly went above and beyond for those on his route until his retirement in 1988.

He was a member of the Point Pleasant Elks and he served as head usher and President of St. Peter's Church Holy Name Society. He was also a founding member of the "Ocean Medical Center Workout & Coffee Crew". This was a great group of people that showed up every morning at 5:00am to kibitz until the workout center opened at 6:00. They would then exercise and continue their kibitzing a bit more while having coffee.

Al was also a diehard Yankee fan for well over 80 years. Evidence of this included his personalized NY-YANK license plates and dedicated Yankee room in his home. Our guess is that Joe DiMaggio and other departed Yankees had to issue restraining orders soon after Al's arrival through the pearly gates.

However, Al's true calling was as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Nothing brought him greater joy than spoiling and spending time with his 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren all of whom will always love their Pop-Pop tooooooo much.

He was predeceased by Catherine Romanelli, his beloved wife of 58 years in 2011. Surviving him are his son and daughter-in-law Jim and Laura Romanelli of Wall Twp.; his daughter and son-in-law Patty and Bill Doolittle of Brielle; five grandchildren Christopher Doolittle, Stephanie and her husband Kyle Brengel; Lindsay, Al (AJ) and Tyler Romanelli; and great-grandchildren Eliana and Kai Brengel.

Due to the pandemic, funeral services will be private. If you would like to make a donation in his honor please go to www.oceanmedicalcenter.com/givenow. Colonial Funeral Home, Brick is in charge of arrangements.




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Published in Asbury Park Press from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
Al we will miss you buddy I always loved your stories such a character it had been awhile since we seen each other I'm sad I didn't get to visit him the last time I was up there so sorry for your loss jumbo and patty
Steve Schmidt
Friend
November 22, 2020
I extend my sincere condolences to all the Romanelli family. I met Al through my brother (Bob Hayner)--they had a great friendship. Al was a warm, kind man who always made me laugh, and I was always delighted at what a true gentleman he was. May all the great times you had with Al bring a smile to your face and peace and comfort to your hearts.
Linda (Hayner) DePoto
Friend
November 21, 2020
Rest in heaven with your beloved wife. I'll miss our cheers for our favorite team. Go Yanks!
Terrie Nelson-Johnson
Friend
November 19, 2020
Rest in Peace Al. I always enjoyed our baseball talks (debates) whether it was on the streets of Bay Head, at Pasola's Barber Shop or when I would catch you over at the hospital after your "exhaustive" PT sessions. My condolences to your family as this is a great loss for them. I am sad for us, your friends, as you are a hard act to follow. You will always be the Number One Yankee Fan.
Bill Dikun
Friend
November 19, 2020
My condolences to the Romanelli family. I met Al in 1980 when I started to work at the Pt. Pleasant- Bay Head Post Office. We spent many lunch breaks on East Ave. in a Post Office jeep. Al taught me a lot about the job and about life. Al would truly give the shirt off his back to a stranger. I have never met a person more giving then Al Romanelli. You were blessed to have Al for 88 years. I'm sure he is relaxing with Cathy sipping a rob roy watching the Yankees. I hope it's a doubleheader.
gary e blumenstock
Friend
November 18, 2020
God’s Speed Al. May you Rest In Peace and May God Bless You and your family. Your stories, kindness, thoughtfulness, laughter and smile actually made Pat and I look forward to arriving at the gym at 5:30 am! Heaven’s gain is truly our loss. Our Prayers are with your family and friends.
Alison Boland
Friend
November 18, 2020
To Al’s family,

Al was truly the best! Such a sweet, kind, generous person who always brought a smile to my face. I always loved seeing him and the coffee crew first thing in the morning before work at the old gym. We had so much fun!
I will truly miss him and I’m so lucky to have these special memories.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Romanelli family
Jackie Boyle
Friend
November 18, 2020
Al was the kindest, most loving and generous man ever knew. Heaven's gain is our great loss. My sincere prayers and thoughts are with Patty, Bill, Jimmy, Laura, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Brescia Brescia
November 18, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the Romanelli Family Sam was one of Al's gym buddies and always came home sharing Al stories, he was truly a kind, generous, caring friend and shared a wonderful sense of humor he will be missed by everyone who knew him. I unfortunately never got the chance to meet him but I truly feel like I knew him.

Rest in peace Al knowing that you touched so many lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of the Romanelli Family.

Sam & Grace Mauro
Sam & Grace Mauro
Friend
November 18, 2020
To Al’s family- Al was one of a kind. A genuinely nice person who do anything for you. I always loved getting emails from him to reminisce on the old gym days with pictures of the crew. I’m sure he’s up there having a drink with Cathy ❤ He will be greatly missed.
Gabby Angarano
Friend
November 18, 2020
Jim, Patty & Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Al many years ago through the "Gym Boys", as my husband was one of the Boys. I enjoyed our lunch & dinner gatherings throughout the years, as well as our Thursday Zoom meetings during this Pandemic. He will be missed.
Debbie Vitka
Friend
November 18, 2020
A legend. A man who welcomed everyone. Who lit up every room he entered. Mr Romo you will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to Jim and Patty and their beautiful families. Everyone’s favorite NY Yank!!! Rest In Peace. I will never forget you.
Bettina Edwards
Friend
November 18, 2020
Rest in peace Pop Pop.
Scott Chrismer
Acquaintance
November 17, 2020
Jim & family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved father & grandfather. It appears he lived a long & fruitful life and likely has left you with many wonderful memories of your time together. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers, Sue & Tom Cunningham
Tom Cunningham
Friend
November 17, 2020
Jim, Laura and family, our condolences on the passing of your father. It’s been quite a few years since we have seen him, but we remember him as a true gentleman. We’ll keep your family in our prayers. Ed and Anna Mae O’Connor
November 17, 2020
Jim, Patty & Grandchildren.....Ever since the first day Al and I met we have been great friends. The kindest, most generous, helpful, warm guy I think I've ever met. I will miss him dearly. I'm sure he and Cathy are watching Joe D, the Mick, Whitey & Yogi play ball from behind the Yankee dugout, while having a glass of Chianti! Rest in Peace buddy, until we meet again.....Play Ball!!
Bob Hayner
Friend
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