Manfredo L. Torelli

August 30, 1930April 4, 2018

Manfredo (Fred) Torelli a longtime resident of Marlborough died unexpectedly on April 4th at Bentley Commons in Keene.

Born on August 30, 1930 he was 87. A native of Switzerland, he grew up in Lausanne and graduated from Geneva Technicum in 1948 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Six years later, he arrived in the United States and took a manufacturing management job near Montreal where he met and married his first wife Royetta Ross. Over the next dozen years he worked there and in several US cities settling in Marlborough where he worked as an applications engineer for Kingsbury Corp traveling extensively and speaking several languages fluently.

He and his first wife built a home and raised their three children in Marlborough. Upon arriving in the Monadnock region he became a community leader serving on the Marlborough and School Administrative Unit 29 school boards for many years and was a chairman of both. He presided over the NH School Board Association for the Northeastern Region including the US Virgin Islands. Fred was a tireless advocate for people with physical and mental disabilities. Inspired by his own experiences and his daughter Sonya, he dedicated his life to making sure that the community could offer services and support to families in need of them. Fred was instrumental in bringing these services to the area serving for many years as a board member and supporter of Monadnock Developmental Services. He was a coach for the Special Olympics at national events and a member of the governance board and president. In 2015 he was recognized by Monadnock Developmental Services for his many decades of service to MDS. He received the agency’s very first Manfredo Torelli Family Advocacy award named in his honor and given annually.

In 1984 Fred’s first wife Royetta died unexpectedly. He then met and married his current wife Justine (Tina) Dwyer. He and Tina were married for 32 years. Together they continued to support MDS and their own families. Fred and Tina loved to travel the world including African safaris, time in Machu Picchu, and China. He also enjoyed woodworking, camping and spending time with family.

Besides his wife Tina, he is survived by two sons, Marc (Karen)Torelli of Huntington, VT, Blair (Michelle)Torelli of Hinsdale, MA , his beloved daughter Sonya of Keene, his stepdaughter Lesley(Jeff)Blecharczyk of Concord, and his grandchildren Grace, Ross, Jordan, Danni, and Gabby.

He was predeceased by his parents Berthe (Grangier) and Eugene Torelli.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, April 10,2018 at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St. Keene, NH., from 4 to 6pm. Burial in the Meeting House Cemetery, Marlborough, NH will take place in the Spring and will be announced as the date draws closer.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Torelli Family Memorial Fund, C/O The Federated Church of Marlborough, 16 Pleasant Street, Marlborough NH 03455 or to the NH Special Olympics, c/o Andy Bohannon, Keene Parks and Recreation Center, 312 Washington St. Keene, NH. 03431.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Manfredo L. Torelli

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Bruce and Sue Lyman

April 8, 2018

Dear Tina and family,
We are saddened for your family. We remember Fred as a generous man who served us at our wedding just days after Royetta's passing. The way he cared for and supported Sonya's successes through the years was inspiring. Our hearts are with you....

Maryse Grangier

April 7, 2018

Dear Family,
It’s with a great emotion that we learnt the death of your dear husband, father and grandfather.
We ‘ll keep of Fredo the memorial of a man warm, generous, dynamic, attached to his family , committed to the development of his Region and attached to his Swiss roots.
Our deepest sympathy and our affection,
Gérard and Lucette Grangier
Maryse and André-Daniel Freiburghaus-Grangier
Lausanne, Switzerland

Judith Taylor

April 7, 2018

We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family over Fred's loss. I didn't know him as long as Norbert but we will both miss him and treasure the opportunity to have known him.
With love,
Norbert and Judy