Harold Retchin


Harold W. Retchin, 88, of Lake Worth, Fla., died Oct. 4. He was the husband of Carol Retchin. Born in Springfield, he was a resident of Springfield and Longmeadow, until moving to Florida in 1993. He was a graduate of the High School of Commerce and had attended Northeastern University, the University of North Dakota, and San Marcos State College. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a photo mapping navigator in China, Burma, and the Philippine Theatre. He served as a USAFI officer for 24 combat mapping in India and a budget and fiscal officer for 13th Airforce Manilla in the Philippines. He was the owner of Crown Contemporary Furniture on Riverdale Road. in West Springfield for many years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Jewish Nursing Home, B’nai Brith Young Men, the Mr. & Mrs. Club of the Jewish Nursing Home, the Hump Pilot Assn., the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Pioneer Valley Yacht Club, the Conn. River Improvement Council, the Mason’s Esoteric Lodge, the Melha Temple Shrine, a founder of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Springfield Flotilla and Pioneer Valley Division, AMAR of West Palm Beach, the Boynton Beach Flotilla – Coast Guard, and the Jewish War Veterans Post #26 and Post #440. He was a freelance certified navigation instructor, both of the air and marine B-24 Liberator Club. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Steven of Leeds, Jeffrey of Boca Raton, Fla., and Robert of Westfield; a sister, Mildred Abrams, of Springfield; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to Jewish Geriatric Services, 770 Converse St., Longmeadow, MA 01106,






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