Lawrence W. Ritchie
Lawrence W. Ritchie
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS — Lawrence W. Ritchie, 70, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, N.Y.
Larry was born September 29, 1942, in Troy, N.Y., the son of William and Doris (Loomis) Ritchie.
He received his early education in Middle Granville and graduated from Granville Central School in 1960 where he participated in basketball and track. He continued with his love of basketball playing for a semi-pro team in the Adirondack League.
Larry also enjoyed animals, bowling, deep-sea fishing, crossword puzzles, reading, traveling, other sports and reminiscing with old friends.
While living in Middle Granville, he was a volunteer firefighter with the Penrhyn Engine and Hose Co. After moving to Hampton in 1973, he served on the Town Board for many years.
Larry’s lifetime work revolved around the slate industry. He was president of Ritchie Bros. Slate Co. Inc. in Middle Granville. He loved the business and derived much pleasure from all the people connected with it, especially his nephew, John Pratt.
Larry was an extremely caring and generous individual who touched the lives of many. He looked for the good in everyone and tried to help them anyway he could.
Larry is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Jones) Ritchie, whom he married September 1, 1973. The couple resided in Hampton and later Middletown Springs.
He is also survived by his sisters, Yvonne Pratt and her husband Doran of Hampton, N.Y., Michelle Shaw and her husband Wayne of Granville, N.Y.; a half-sister, Colleen Hooper and her companion Mike Hitchen of Middle Granville, N.Y.; half-brothers William Ritchie Jr. and his wife Sandra of North Granville, N.Y., and Michael Ritchie and his wife Anne of Hampton, N.Y.; sisters-in-law Marlene Jones of Middletown Springs, Elaine Duffy of Wells, Vt.; and many highly-thought-of nieces and nephews.
Larry was predeceased by his parents.
At Larry’s request, there will be no services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Donations may be made to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Glens Falls Hospital, 100-102 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801; the Slate Valley Museum, 17 Water St., Granville, NY 12832; or to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.