In addition, Retelle was a fan of Andover High School athletics, serving as a volunteer coach with the Andover High football team and his bucket truck was used for years to spot the games. He later joined the booth to assist with announcing.
Watching his grandson, Riki, play hockey for Andover, and his granddaughters, Cayley, Erin and Kerry, compete in ski races for the high school was another of his joys in life.
Retelle was no stranger to competition himself. He participated in local road races and at the age of 60 completed the Boston Marathon and also hiked the Appalachian Trail.
Born in 1930 in Lawrence to Albert and Alice Retelle, he attended St. Patrick School in Lawrence and Lawrence High School. He graduated from Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Amherst and was a certified arborist.
In addition to his wife, he leaves three sons, Peter and wife Lee Retelle, Robert and wife Amy Retelle, and Terrance and wife Rose Retelle; two daughters, Nancy and husband Michael Irby, and Julia and husband Dan Christopher; 13 grandchildren, and siblings Ruth Bourdelais, Philip Retelle and Marjorie Maginnis. He was predeceased by his brother, James, and great-granddaughter, Khloe.
Arrangements were held last week at West Parish Garden Cemetery Chapel on Reservation Road in Andover, where Retelle had served as secretary of the board of directors.
The garden cemetery and accompanying chapel will continue to benefit from his generosity. He requested donations in his memory go to the cemetery for perpetual care and improvements.