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William S. "Bill" Vrettas

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William S. 'Bill' Vrettas
Loving father, grandfather,
and great-grandfather

LOWELL -- William S. "Bill" Vrettas, of Quincy, a former longtime Civic Leader of Lowell, died March 28, 2013, after a period of declining health, aged 99 years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Helen J. (Gagnon) Vrettas, with whom he was married for 67 years.

Born in Lowell, September 10, 1913, he was a son of the late Satirios and Hope (Foakos) Vrettas. He received his early education in the Bartlett and Green Schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1929. He furthered his education at Lowell Technical College and Springfield College.

Bill met Helen during high school. They married on November 17, 1935 and settled in Lowell to raise their family.

After graduating from college, Bill began his long association with the Lowell YMCA as the Aquatic Director and the Physical Education Director. He worked at the Vesper Country Club as a Caddy Master, where he lobbied to change a long-held restriction of no caddy play, to allowing caddies to play weekly, and eventually, establishing a golf team and matches with caddies at other clubs.

He was the Executive Director of the Lowell Boys Club Association from 1956 until his retirement in 1979, where he inspired thousands of children, leaving the youth of Lowell with an unsurpassed legacy of enduring hope, success and dreams fulfilled.

He led the Boys Club during the opening of the current building, the George A. Demoulas Clubhouse, on Middlesex Street. Bill was also instrumental in establishing an endowment for the Boys & Girls Club, the funds from which continue to support the organization today. In his honor, the William S. Vrettas Memorial Golf Tournament was established to recognize his many contributions to the organization. Upon his retirement, the club established the William S. Vrettas Scholarship Fund in his honor.

Always engaged in the Lowell community, Mr. Vrettas was a member of the Lowell Rotary Club and the St. John Guild, and was involved in many other organizations and fundraising activities over the years.

Mr. Vrettas was a longtime, active member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, a member of AHEPA and the Youth Committee.

He loved all sports, but especially enjoyed going to a New England Patriots game with his family and friends. In his youth, he played basketball, and later, enjoyed a good game of handball. As a dad, he took great pride in never missing his son's sporting events, a tradition he carried on with his grandchildren, attending every game as their number one fan. He and Helen traveled extensively, and especially enjoyed many cruises to numerous destinations.

Mr. Vrettas was a devoted husband and father. Along with his famous quote "Let me share this with you", he will always be remembered for his love of family and dedication to the community.

He is survived by a son, William T. Vrettas and his wife, Joan of Quincy; two granddaughters, Glens Colman and her husband, Frederick of Needham, and Holly McDonald and her husband, Daren of Falmouth, and a grandson, William A. Vrettas and his wife, Jennifer of Milton; four great-granddaughters, Carly Colman of Needham, Lillian McDonald of Falmouth, and Taylor and Jocelyn Vrettas of Milton; four great-grandsons, Shaymus Colman and Blake Colman, both of Needham, Daren McDonald of Falmouth, and Brady Vrettas of Milton.

VRETTAS -- In Quincy, March 28, 2013. William S. "Bill" Vrettas of Quincy, formerly of Lowell, aged 99 years. Beloved husband of the late Helen J. (Gagnon) Vrettas. Friends will be received at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Fr. Sarantos Way, Lowell, on Monday from 9 to 11:00 AM, followed by his funeral service at 11:00 AM. Interment in Lowell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, 657 Middlesex St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements entrusted to MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell. Funeral Directors, Frederick W. Healy and Walter F. Bayliss, Jr. Please visit Bill's memorial page at www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com.
Funeral Home
Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home - Lowell
122 Princeton Boulevard
Lowell, MA 01851
(978) 458-6841
Published in Lowell Sun on Mar. 30, 2013
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