Retano, Salvatore - March 21, 2014


OLD SAYBROOK and KENSINGTON - Salvatore “Sam” F. Retano, 89, of Kensington and Old Saybrook, formerly of New Britain, passed into the next world Friday morning (March 21, 2014) to rejoin his beloved wife of 63 years, Yvette S. Retano. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Frank and Catherine (Peronace) Retano of New Britain. Upon graduation from Goodwin Technical School, he entered the Army during WWII serving in the European Theater, fighting with the 717th Tank Battalion in the Battle of the Bulge. He was employed as a Tool & Die Maker for Landers, Frary, and Clark, retiring in 1984 from Emhart Corporation as a Methods Engineer, and then enjoyed 27 winters in Florida with Yvette, his children and grandchildren. He was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Church in Kensington and St. John's Church in Old Saybrook, a member of VFW Post 10732 and a talented locksmith, wood carver, and story teller. His greatest joy came from being a grandfather and great grandfather. Survivors include two sisters, J. Louise Retano of New Britain, and Lee Collomore of St. Augustine, Florida, a son, Paul Retano and wife Karen and their daughter Nicole of Old Saybrook, a daughter Denise (Retano) McBride and her husband Paul of Newington, and their children, Scott McBride and his wife Erin, of Newington, Keith McBride and his wife Andrea of Gorham, Maine, and Kristen (McBride) Wild and her husband Kevin of Newington, and a son Thomas Retano and his wife Linda and their sons Michael, Kevin, and Nicholas Retano of Berlin, six great grandchildren and many cousins, nephews, and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Yvette, and sister Susan (Retano) Salem of West Springfield, MA. The family is specially thankful for his aide, Bridget. Funeral services will be Tuesday (March 25, 2014) at 9am from Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, with a Funeral Liturgy at 10am at St. Paul’s Church, Kensington. Burial with full military honors will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday (March 24, 2014) from 5-7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Middlesex Hospital Hospice Homecare, Office of Development, 28 Crescent St. Middletown, CT 06457 or Holy Family Passionist Retreat House, 303 Tunxis Rd. West Hartford, CT 06107, or a random act of kindness.

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