Jack H. Ritchie
Jack H. Ritchie
ARLINGTON — Jack Howland Ritchie, 71, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
Jack was born in Troy, New York, on April 9, 1942, the son of the late Henry C. and Carolyn (Moffat) Ritchie. He attended school in Manchester, Vermont, and graduated from Burr & Burton Seminary, class of 1960. Jack worked as a property caretaker and landscaper and worked caretaking for Paul Lowerre for many years. Jack was a member of the Shaftsbury Fire Department for four years and the Arlington Fire Department as an active member for 10 years. Jack loved the outdoors and landscaping. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and kayaking. He enjoyed traveling to Maine, watching sports on the television, spending time with his family and Friday night dinners with his wife, Kay. Jack also always looked forward to deer camp with his friend, Crunch.
Jack is survived by his wife, the former Kay Reid of Arlington; children Dale B. Ritchie and his wife Ginger of Manchester, Jason T. Ritchie of Arlington and Chad Ritchie of Wallingford, Vermont; grandchildren Jenn Tyler and her husband Chris, Alexa Ritchie, Jacob Goodrich, Nicholas and Matthew Ritchie; and his great-grandchild, Steele Tyler. Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Ron Ritchie, and sisters Joan Colvin and Virginia Martin.
A celebration of the life of Jack Howland Ritchie will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington. Interment will be private. There are no visiting hours.
If friends desire, memorial gifts in Jack’s memory may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center and Patient Resource Fund, c/o Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home Arlington Chapel, PO Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, Historic Route 7A, Arlington, Vermont.