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Senior Airman Royal  Ciancanelli

Senior Airman Royal Charles Henry Ciancanelli

May 28, 1999 - April 24, 2021
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GOLDSBORO, NC – Senior Airman Royal Charles Henry Ciancanelli, United States Air Force, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in Lenoir County, NC following injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was 21.

Royal was born in Poughkeepsie on May 28, 1999 and graduated from Beacon High School in 2017. During high school, he enjoyed working for his family’s business, Royalty Carpet, which his grandfather opened in 1978. The summer after his graduation, he worked at Mid-Hudson Sporting Clays in New Paltz. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and began basic training in San Antonio, TX followed by technical training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. He then served at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and was transferred to Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina, where he had been stationed since December 2020. A member of the Air Force’s Civil Engineering Squadron known as the “Dirt Boyz”, Royal worked as a heavy equipment operator maintaining the Air Force’s runways, roadways, and infrastructure.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and target shooting, in addition to his passion for Jeeps and 4-wheel adventures. He was also a member of the Beacon Jeep Club. A Hudson Valley native, he especially loved exploring Mount Beacon and excursions throughout the region. Royal loved sitting by campfires and listening to music with his family and friends. He was a member of the Faith Assembly of God Church in Poughkeepsie.

Royal is survived by his parents, Royal D. and Jodi (Bradford) Ciancanelli; his sisters, Olivia & Abbey Ciancanelli; his grandparents, Patricia Bradford, Patricia Nevins, and Royal E. Ciancanelli & his wife Maureen; his great-grandmother, Sharon Nevins; as well as a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Charles H. Bradford.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 7 at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill, NY. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8 at Faith Assembly of God Church, 25 Golf Club Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY with Pastor Edward Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Fishkill Rural Cemetery, 801 Route 9, Fishkill, NY. The U.S. Air Force will conduct full Military Honors. PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with NYS guidelines, social distancing and face masks will be required and capacity may be limited. All attendees should be prepared for potential extended waiting periods. For those who cannot attend, all calling hours and services can be watched via livestream on the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO), a remarkable volunteer organization that personally assisted Royal’s family during this tragic time of need.

For online tributes and livestream access, you can visit Royal’s Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, May 7, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc.
    1089 Main Street
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:00am
    Faith Assembly of God
    25 Golf Club Lane
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  • Interment

    Fishkill Rural Cemetery
    801 Route 9
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
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Love, Bart, Beth, Will, Heather and Charlie

Posted at 08:29pm
We are so sad for this tragic loss of Royal. Thinking of you - wishing you strength and peace.

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Notaro Family..John Lisa Gianna & Rocco

Posted at 02:55pm
Love & Strength for Royal & his family. May God Bless you all & keep you safe. We will never forget you. Fly on eagles wings & rest with the angels

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Helen Homola

Posted at 09:36pm
My heart is breaking for Jodi, Roy and family! I have such fond memories of Royal when he was in my class at The Nest Daycare. He was a happy, smart and loving little boy! I am sending much love and prayers to you all! I know Royal is now sitting with God watching over you all! May Royal RIP. May God keep and watch over you. Love Helen Homola🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

Donna Snowden

Posted at 03:50pm
I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences and prayers are with you. Royal will always live on in fond memories and in the hearts of all who knew him. Donna Snowden

Risa Ostrow

Posted at 09:26pm
No words seam adequate when your grief is as deep as your love. But this is called a Memory Wall because we try to find comfort by sharing stories of better times, stories that warm your heart or make you smile.
Friends come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. We're glad we shared several seasons of baseball, away games, BBQs, birthdays, the giant backyard inflatable water slide and even the basket of left-behind clothes. (Confession - we may have ended up with an extra t-shirt.)
Thank you for including us in these ordinary events of life and for giving us these memories.
With condolences, Ross, Risa, Peter & Eric

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