OBITUARY

Terrence J. Retcho

July 24, 1938October 6, 2020
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Terrence J. Retcho (Terry), 82, of New Windsor, NY passed away at home on October 6, 2020. He was born in Bronx, NY on July 24, 1938, the son of the late Joseph Retcho and the late Aileen Varian Retcho. Terry married Jeannette Violette on May 4, 1963 in Bronx, NY and they were married for 41 years prior to her death on December 18, 2004. Terry worked for 27 years as a bus driver for Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority. He was also a member of the TWU union. He proudly served his country in three branches of the military spanning 22 years, He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy as a seaman 3rd class aboard the USS Iowa BB61 and the USS Salem CA139 from 1956-1961. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserves as a Staff Sergeant with the 854th Engineer B company out of Stewart Air Base from 1975-1982. Terry was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force as a Tsgt with the 105th New York Air National Guard Aerial Port Squadron from 1982-1992. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus chapter 5890 Washingtonville, NY. He was a member of the Salisbury Mills Fire Company where he served as Fire Police with the Salisbury Mills Fire Department. Terry is survived by his daughter Ellen Retcho of New Windsor, NY; his son Thomas Retcho and his wife Cindy of New Windsor, NY; his son Joseph Retcho and his wife Christine of Warwick, NY; five grandchildren: Gabrielle and Brandon Retcho of New Windsor, NY; Olivia, Ryliegh and Avery Retcho of Warwick, NY. Two brothers: Robert Retcho of Shirley, NY and Richard Retcho of Bronx, NY. He is predeceased by his brother William Retcho and his sister Patricia Retcho Petrera. Friends may call on Sunday, October 10, 2020 from 2 to 6pm at David T. Ferguson Funeral Home, 20 North Street, Washingtonville, NY. Firematic Services will be held at 5pm. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect facial coverings will be required. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, October 11, 2020 at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Church, 42 Goshen Avenue, Washingtonville, NY. Burial with military honors will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, 2 Fr. Tierney Circle, Washingtonville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY. To leave an online condolence please visit www.davidtfergusofh.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 11, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, October 12, 2020

  • Burial Following Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 12, 2020

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Terrence J. Retcho

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Mike Schiraldi

October 11, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I met Terry when he joined the FD and we became friends. He was kind, thoughtful and loved to talk about his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Mike & Debbie Schiraldi

Elizabeth Kushnerick

October 11, 2020

Ellen, Tommy& Joesph

I’m deeply sorry for your loss.
May your Dad Rest In Peace.
God bless you all!πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

Cousin Elizabeth Retcho Kushnerick

Elizabeth Kushnerick

October 11, 2020

Uncle Terry

I know that it’s been many years that we haven’t seen each other, But on September 24,2020 when my brother Robert and I saw you in the hospital. I was so blessed that you remembered us and told us both that you said I LoveYou!
And we Love you forever!!πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’”πŸ˜˜

Love your niece Elizabeth Retcho Kushnerick ❀️

Gloria Anderson

October 9, 2020

I never had the pleasure of meeting your father but had the pleasure of going to school with Ellen.

My condolences to all.

May he Rest In Peace and fly high with the angels.

I know he is looking down on all and surrounding you in love.

Ellen Birkland

October 9, 2020

Virginia Petrera

October 9, 2020

I remember Uncle Terry when I was a child. We always had a great time when he was around. Praying his family and friends find peace and strength during this difficult time. God Bless. Rest in peace Uncle Terry.
Virginia Letters Littlefield

Karen Martin

October 9, 2020

Ellen, Tommy & Joseph:

Sending my love and condolences! Being with your dad was always one of the highlights of my summer growing up. I'll always treasure the memories of riding his bus route and playing tourist guide for the passengers. He laughed and laughed at us! He was always joking and laughing! I know he's with your mother and mine having a great time now in Heaven with Gram, Popper and the rest of the family. Hold tight to your memories and know we are there with you in spirit. All my love always!

Suzann Froelich

October 9, 2020

Ellen, Tommy, and Joseph,
I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there for the services and with you all. Both Ed and I are deeply saddened by his passing. We both loved him! I will always remember his smile and his laugh. All the fun times we shared will remain with me forever. He and my dad and Uncle Richie were always so goofy together. My favorite was a picture of the three of them together at your dad’s surprise (70th, I think) birthday party when they posed like the Three Stooges. They knew how to have fun. I’m thankful he is no longer suffering and is reunited with your mom. I love you and will miss you Uncle Terry β€οΈπŸ’”πŸ™

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