Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

February 6, 2014

Farewell to a prince of a man

Editor, Townsman:

Last week, a bright light in Andover went out with the loss of Al Retelle. Al was a wonderful gentleman, and an amazingly gentle man who went over and above in helping those he met.

Al Retelle was involved in our community for 60 or more years; served on numerous boards, committees, volunteer services and elected town positions, and offered private moments of giving that will never be tallied, because he would have never told anyone about them.

Al loved life, he loved the outdoors and he was dedicated to preserving the beauty in Andover. There were four generations in town who knew Al well — from the generation before him, his own generation, his children’s generation and his grandchildren’s generation. Al was at meetings, ball games, funerals and weddings, and was often found enjoying the many AVIS trails. He taught generations how to ski (myself included), and always made you feel he was happy to see you and wanted you to succeed.

Al Retelle was a “Townie” in Andover, and encompassed the best of what that word implies. Andover lost a prince of a man last week. So many in town will miss him, because we were so very fortunate to have known him. Rest in peace, dear friend!

Sheila M. Doherty

21 Elm St.

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