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05/19/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Dino Vretos

Constantine Peter Vretos
(17 June 1939 - 04 May 2019)

May his memory be eternal.

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have still more sad news today.  Dino Vretos, Class of 1957, President of the Senior Chorus and outstanding Guard of the Football Team, passed away suddenly in Alexandria on Saturday, May 04, 2019 at the age of 79. 

   He was the brother of Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA, Kathy Vretos ('60) of VA, and Frank Vretos of VA.

From the Daily Press - 05/19/19:

    Constantine Peter Vretos


    ALEXANDRIA - Constantine "Dino" Vretos, Age 79, Teacher, Counselor, and Coach, died suddenly May 4, 2019 from heart failure while at the Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Dino was born in Newport News, Virginia on June 17, 1939 to Mary Kanelos and Peter Vretos. His father and grandparents were Greek immigrants from Sparta.

Dino was a proud member of the Newport News High School Typhoons' Class of 1957, Randolph-Macon College Class of 1961, and the William and Mary Graduate School of Education.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Dino taught for 35 years in the Fairfax County Schools (Ft. Hunt H.S. and Lee H.S.).

Dino Vretos
  Above all, he loved being the father of two daughters and grandfather of three. Dino could accomplish anything he set his mind to: star H.S. and college football player, talented baritone singer in many choirs, inspiring biology teacher, and a committed and caring counselor of teens. He was an avid golfer, tennis player and cook.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Linda Aird Vretos; daughters, Victoria (Kyle) Opel, and Joanna; grandchildren Emma, Alexander and Natalie, two sisters and four sisters-in-law, a brother and three brothers-in-law, and nine nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held June 15, 2019 at 11:00 am at St Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Chancel Choir at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield, Virginia, 22150 or to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public School's Kids in Needs Fund, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Suite 5101, Falls Church, Virginia 22042. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on May 19
, 2019.
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May 12, 2019 

Thanks, Coach....your influence in my life will never be forgotten.......Rest well, my old friend.....

~ Paul Hughes, brisbane/Lynchburg, Virginia

May 13, 2019 

Linda and family,

I am saddened to hear this news. Dino was a giant in the FHHS community and touched a lot of lives along the way. My prayers, love and condolences to you and your family.

~ Neil Robinson, Annandale, Virginia

May 13, 2019  

Linda and Family - I am so sorry for your loss of Dino. I remember him as such a warm and caring teacher and person. As great as the loss is, I am sure Dino provided you with many, many wonderful memories to help sustain you through this difficult time.

May 13, 2019 

My biology teacher in 1966 at Lee High School who believed in me when I needed it. He made learning fun and was a great person to know. Rest in peace, sir.

~ James Hanna, Ocala, Florida

May 19, 2019  

Sorry to hear about Dino. I remember him well from high school and enjoyed conversing with him at class reunions and picnics. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May our Lord ease the pain and suffering from the loss of your husband, father and grand father. RIP, my friend.

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High school friend I'll always remember.


May 19, 2019   

Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:

So sorry for your loss.

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Dino's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

O Darkest Woe

Author: Unknown, 1628, Stanza 1
Stanzas 2-7 by Johann Rist (1607-1667), 1641
Translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878), 1863

1. O darkest woe!
Ye tears, forth flow!
Has earth so sad a wonder?
God the Father's only Son
Now is buried yonder.

2. O sorrow dread!
God's Son is dead!
But by His expiation
Of our guilt upon the cross
Gained for us salvation.

3. O sinful man!
It was the ban
Of death on thee that brought Him
Down to suffer for thy sins
And such woe hath wrought Him.

4. Lo, stained with blood,
The Lamb of God,
The Bridegroom, lies before thee,
Pouring out His life that He
May life restore thee.

5. O Ground of faith,
Laid low in death.
Sweet lips. now silent sleeping!
Surely all that live must mourn
Here with bitter weeping.

6. Oh. blest shall be
Who oft in faith will ponder
Why the glorious Prince of Life
Should be buried yonder.

7. O Jesus blest,
My Help and Rest
With tears I now entreat Thee:
Make me love Thee to the last,
Till in heaven I greet Thee!

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #167
Text: Acts 3:15
Titled: "O Traurigkeit, o Herzelei"d
Tune: "O Traurigkei"t
1st Published in: _Wuerzburger Gesangbuch_, 1628

"O Darkest Woe" - # 167 in the Lutheran Hymnal Online  - midi (arrangement by Rev. Richard Jordan) and lyrics
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