Peter Daniel Retkevicz

December 26, 1944 - January 22, 2021

Peter Daniel Retkevicz,76, a lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, passed away on January 22, 2021 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born December 26, 1944, in Nashua, NH to Peter G. and Julia (Karawski) Retkevicz.

Peter attended St. Casmir’s church throughout his childhood. After graduating in 1963 from Nashua High, he spent two years in Vietnam while serving in the U.S. Army. Peter was known to work hard and play hard. While working the night shift at Anheuser-Busch, he started a successful plating and chroming company, Rethz Light Metals, in Nashua. His business prospered because he lived by the motto “do a job right or don’t do it at all”. It was paramount to him that he always provided for his family and fulfilled their every need.

Peter was a lover of golf, making many friends at Green Meadow golf course. Winning or losing didn’t matter to him, as long as it was fun and he could make others laugh. He enjoyed having people around and was able to make friends with anyone. He was generous and caring, with a large loving heart. Peter liked keeping his lawn green and his flowers blooming.  He was able to cook up a delicious meal at the drop of a hat for anyone who might show up at his door. He sent people away with doggy bags, and his dogs always ate as well as he did. However, he loved nothing more than being alongside his loved ones, especially his grandsons. Peter’s greatest joy was watching the boys play hockey and baseball, as he had as a child.  He was extremely proud of his family, as his family was equally proud of him.

He is survived by his beloved companion, Dena Levy of Cape Coral; loving children, Chad Retkevicz and his son, Tyler of Nashua, NH, and Jay Retkevicz and his sons, Gavin and Brian of Litchfield, NH; sister, Susie Boyd and her husband, Ed of Hudson, NH; as well as his dog, Molly.

Peter was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Nancy Berry.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Kenny and Beverly Fussell Jan 29, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Rekka sure will be missed. He was such a generous and kind person and alway had some story to tell. Our
    Condolences to Rekka’s family .

  2. Peter Chaloner Jan 29, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Good morning Dena, Susie and the Retkevicz family. I am very sad to hear about the passing of Peter, my fellow Nashua High School classmate of the 1963 graduating class. In the past years I played a lot of golf with Peter at Green Meadow G. C. He was always fun to play with and against. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peter Chaloner

  3. Tom Monahan Jan 29, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Retka was one of very most enjoyable men that I have ever been around . Whenever I think of Retka he brings a smile to my face … and always will . Condolences, Tom Monahan

  4. Robert Gabriel Jan 29, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Retka taught me to work hard. So many memories during the Hudson Plating days. Just a great great guy and so glad to say we were good friends for many many years. My condolences to his family. RIP my friend, Gabe

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  6. Denise Hurt Feb 1, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Dear Dena, Chad, and the rest of the family – I was so sad to see Peter’s obituary in Sunday’s paper. I retired last year but there are people I knew I was going to miss chatting with this tax season. He was one of them. I always made sure to call him with questions when I knew I’d have time to chat. Such an interesting man to talk with, always pleasant, always cheerful. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know you’ll miss him greatly.

  7. Roger Martin Feb 2, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Pete was a great friend and someone I enjoyed talking to whenever I visited his plating company. Rest in peace my friend.

  8. Marisa Pinardi Feb 2, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of Peter. His heart bubbled over with love for his family and friends. Peter was kind, loving and generous to all. He made a difference in so many lives and will be forever remembered with love.

  9. Marylou Blaisdell Feb 3, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Peter was a great customer of mine for many years. He always was generous in his gift giving to the people he loved. He spoke lovingly of his family. My sympathy to all his loved ones.

  10. The Currier Family Feb 10, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Peter. My condolences to his family and Dena. We were neighbors in Nashua for 13 years and Peter was always willing to lend a hand, offer advice and tell me one of his stories. He was a wonderful man. He will be missed by many.

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