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Brandon Michael Retos

  • On May 31, 2021
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Brandon Michael Retos, 38, of East Washington, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 29th, 2021, following a long struggle with addiction. Brandon was born on August 10th, 1982, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Kathy Retos Howden (nee Roach), originally of Bulger PA, and George Retos, originally of Monongahela, PA.
Brandon attended Washington High School, took courses at CCAC, and most recently was enrolled at Bella Capelli Academy, preparing for a career as a hairstylist, for which he had a passion. Brandon previously worked at Panthera Painting, where he served as an administrative assistant, working with the management team in preparing for large bridge-painting contracts.

Brandon was a unique and special individual with a tender heart and a passion for a vibrant life. He loved to tinker with machinery, enjoyed riding motorcycles and his 4×4 quads, and loved to hunt with his Grandfather. He was an avid animal lover and had many dogs and various other pets over the years. Brandon had a vibrant and infectious personality and didn’t know a stranger.

Brandon was predeceased by his Grandfathers Robert G Roach and George Retos Sr, and grandmother Irene Retos. Brandon is survived by his grandmother Mary Lou Roach of Bulger, PA, to whom he had a special bond, his parents Kathy Retos Howden (Bill Howden) and George Retos of Washington, PA, siblings Kassandra Retos (Gregg Rodgers) of Pittsburgh PA, and Nicholas Retos of Washington. Brandon is also survived by his nephew Roman Greyson Rodgers of Pittsburgh, who was the light of his life. Brandon enjoyed loving relationships with several aunts and uncles; especially his cousins, Jarrod Takah of Washington and Josh Takah of Carnegie who were like brothers.

Brandon’s service arrangements include viewings at the Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care in McMurray, PA, on Thursday, June 3rd, from 2 PM – 8 PM, a Trisagion service will be held at 7 PM, with a funeral service to be held at the same location on Friday, June 4th at 10 AM, with interment following at Center Cemetery in Midway PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Washington County Humane Society.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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24 Comments

Cheryl Bunner
So deeply sorry for the entire Retos family. My sincere sympathies to you all. Cheryl
Matt Becker
Prayers to the Retos family...as many memories of yrs. gone by shaped my life to this day via scouting & sports stuff. RIP Brandon man & thanks to you & influence of your family & others of the past.
Debra Flickinger
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Brandon, but have sympathy for anyone who suffered with drug addiction. By including that fact in his obituary, you may save another’s life. No one using drugs ever thinks an overdose leading to death can happen to them— they have a “handle” on it, they are too smart. To see in black and white in a newspaper obituary that this, too, could actually be their fate,may be a wake up call. Thank you. This could be that little piece of “good” that can come out of this tragedy. Again, you have my condolences.
Melissa Scorza
I just found out a couple of days ago. Totally shocked! I am so sorry I can not get Brandon and your family out of my mind. He was just a sweet adorable boy. I feel so bad for the whole family. I will keep all of you in my thoughts & prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Melissa Scorza
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