RITCHIE, Kenneth William - Peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Sunday, January 4, 2015, Ken Ritchie of London in his 64th year. Beloved husband of Kristin Ritchie. Loving father of Kate and Mady of London. Dear brother of Bob Ritchie and his wife Dorathy of Brantford and Bonnie and her husband Bill Taylor of Wingham. He will be lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews Rob (Cheryl), Lori (Bruce), Heather (Philip), Linda (David) and by his mother-in-law Jennifer Alde and Caroline in Australia. Proud founder and previous majority owner of Gtel Engineering. Avid golfer and all around sports enthusiast. World traveller with an Ontario country boy heart. With an infinitely optimistic spirit which inspired everyone to live life to its fullest. Special thanks for Dr. Fortin, Dr. Majoomdar, Dr. Sanatani, Nancy Gregg, Dr. Parent, and the VON palliative care nurses for their care and support. Visitation on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The memorial service will be conducted at Colborne St. United Church, 711 Colborne St. at Piccadilly, on Friday, January 9 at 11 am by Rev. David R. Carrothers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Merrymount, or LRCC Patient Assistance Fund, or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Pat and Mike Stapleton
January 7, 2015, 8:32 pm
Dear Kristen, Katie and Mady;
We are so, so sorry for your loss.
Ken was such a warm and friendly man.
May all the wonderful memories with him
be of comfort to you at such a sad time.
Pat and Mike Stapleton
Julie Vallance Ullrich
January 6, 2015, 7:22 pm
Kristen, Kate, Mady:
I am so sorry for your loss. You know better than anyone what a wonderful guy Ken was. Most of us knew him as Beav or Ritch. He always had a nickname because he was always the most beloved person. I will forever remember his charm and his kindness. And he was funny. So funny. The world will be a darker place without him.
Julie Vallance Ullrich
Bob, Candy, Mitch & Josh taylor
January 7, 2015, 8:59 am
Kristin, Kate and Mady, please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Ken was a great guy. He will truly be missed and always remembered.
Kirk and Louise Watson
January 7, 2015, 11:30 am
Kristin, our thoughts are with you and your family. I have many fond memories of the good times we spent with Ken. On the ice, Ken had the best slap shot in sponge puck hockey, on the ball diamond,always a leader. We shared many laughs on the boys ski trips, and he didn't lose to many euchre games. Ken will always be remembered.
January 9, 2015, 4:00 am
I've been thinking of that great smile and outstretched hand all week. A great man who always included everyone, had an unwavering positive attitude and unlimited love and devotion for his family and friends. Ken was by far the most generous person I have ever had the pleasure knowing and working with. The world is most definitely a better place because of Ken. My sincere condolences you Kristin, Kate, Mady and all of your extended family. We aleady miss him but will never forget him.
January 5, 2015, 11:43 am
I will remember a kind heart, a competitive spirit, a proud father and husband, and a lifelong friend.
To Kristen, Kate and Mady: We share your loss. As long as I have known Ken he sought to make the most of every day and his love for his family was beyond measure.
Rest in Peace my friend, you lived well!
Greg And Sue Strathdee
January 9, 2015, 8:13 pm
To the Ritchie Family After forty years, it was a pleasure to see and speak with Ken at the wedding in June. It is an honour to have known Ken as a good old friend. Sincerely, Greg and Sue Strathdee
January 6, 2015, 9:04 am
I was a co-worker at Bell. My deepest condolences to the family. May the memories of Ken help you find peace.
Murray, Ruth, John Lowe; Mike & Nicole Noble
January 6, 2015, 10:27 am
Our most sincerest condolences to Kristen, girls, Bonnie & Bill, and all family. Remembering the good times spent in Brussels and with the #1 baseball team around -- The Rockets!
Larry and Faye Chessell
January 8, 2015, 12:07 pm
Sending deepest condolences on behalf of the Chessell family.
Blaine & Debra McCutcheon
January 8, 2015, 12:17 pm
Our deepest sympathy losing Beav is a loss for all of us. As he would want it the game must go on - thinking of you all at this time
Brian and Dianne Huether
January 8, 2015, 3:40 pm
Kristin, Kate & Mady..We extend our deepest sympathy to you. We knew Beav all our life. In his growing up years he lived across the road from us with his parents. He would come home late on the weekends and would make a visit to our house. He would open the door and give us a high five and go straight to the fridge and make himself a sandwich. He will be truly missed as we seen him in Brussels at the ball tournaments. Thinking of you. Brian & Dianne Huether and family.
Pat and Mike Stapleton
January 8, 2015, 8:01 pm
Dear Kristin, Katie and Mady,
We are sorry but we will not be back to London in time for the funeral, we are on our way back from Florida. Please know that are thought's and prayers are with you all.
Pat and Mike
Al and Janet Dekker
January 9, 2015, 8:31 am
Unfortunately we are unable to come to Ken's funeral today. All the highways surrounding Goderich are closed with more snow to come. Ken made a valiant effort to fight this horrible disease which has been much too common in our family. Our thoughts are with you on this sad day.
Al and Janet
Keith and Loree Raymond
January 9, 2015, 9:20 am
Kristen, Kate, Mady and the Ritchie Families,we want to extend our sympathies to you all. Unfortunately we are unable to attend the Service today due to the weather. My earliest memory of Beav, I was in grade 2 and the grade 7's and 8's came in to entertain our class. Ritch's imitation of Foster Hewitt calling a Leafs game was spot on.
His optimistic spirit and enthusiasm will always be remembered.
Frank & Mary Stretton
January 9, 2015, 10:57 am
Dear Kristin,Katie and Mady:
Our deepest sympathy in your loss of Ritch. He is remembered a an enthusiastic,kind and compassionate person who respected everyone he encountered.I will always remember and treasure my memories of the time we spend together in Brussels and especially as a Rocket. The world has lost a wonderful person. Sorry we were unable to able the funeral but the weather force us to turn around. Our thoughts are with you today
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