John Shepard Rettman
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John Shepard Rettman, 85, formerly of Franklin Ma, recently of North Attleboro, our Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep due to complications from Covid-19 on 14 November 2020. He was the son of the late Louis and Irene (Coughlin) Rettman of Dedham Massachusetts. He is survived by his devoted and loving sister Blanche Rettman Murphy of Walpole, 9 children and their spouses: U.S. Army Retired Lieutenant Colonel John C. Rettman and his wife Esin, USMC Retired Gunnery Sergeant Robert F. Rettman and his wife Bella, Susan and Kevin Walker, Alice Zannotti, Judith and James Pasquino, Cathleen and Tim Kelley, Patricia and Peter Rezza, Senior Master Sergeant USAF Retired Charles R. Rettman and his wife Virginia, and Laura and James Paulette. John was also survived by 20 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Irene Souphie, Barbara Rettman and his twin, Louis Rettman. He retired after working nearly 60 years as a brick mason in the greater Boston area. He was loved and respected by all who came in contact with him. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns services will be omitted. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to Lenores Pantry in North Attleboro or the KyleCares Foundation.

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Published in Sun Chronicle on Nov. 19, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
thanks for giving all you had - for carrying us when we couldn't walk - held us up when we didn't know we could still stand - for showing us how to persevere, work ethic, pride in self and family, to not be the best, but to be the best we could be - to stay humble always - to always look at the big picture and not what is right in front of us. for working so hard to feed/clothe and a roof over our head for all of us and in winter that was never easy. But somehow you managed. Thank you for always letting us know we were cared for and important - it wasn't always in words - your actions spoke louder. for teaching me to love ice cream and to "be a good boy" - which are still on the shelf next to the unicorns - the town will miss you and your tag line and I know you are with God and asking everyone in Heaven "Are you Happy? Rest in Peace Dad
Patty Rezza
November 20, 2020
Rettman Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. John was a great guy, he built our fireplace and front steps. He loved his family and was always giving updates on each of his children whenever we saw him. He was a friend of my father, Adam Colella.
Nancy and Steve Cooper
November 20, 2020
Laura and the Rettman family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I know my dad and Uncle Adam knew him well, going back to the days in Dedham and Franklin.
My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Barbara (Colella) Dadmun
Barbara Dadmun
November 19, 2020
We miss and Love you very much Dad
Robert Rettman
November 19, 2020
Dad you are our inspiration, our Rock. You are greatly missed and loved very much!!
Robert F Rettman
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