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JAMES (JIMMY) RITCHIE (published on January 05, 2010)



JAMES (JIMMY) RITCHIE With great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of our Dad, Jimmy, on January 3, 2010. James Reilly Ritchie was born on September 21, 1934 in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland to William and Helen Ritchie. Born into a family of six children and living in a small house provided many stories that he often talked about. Dad will be forever missed by his children: Susan (Peter), Keith (Christine), Heather and by his grandson, Duncan (Dad's pride and joy!). He is survived by his siblings in Scotland: Robert, Margaret, Helen and their families. Also, sister-in-law Jean Dinse and family, and brother-in-law Michael McBrierty. Dad lost his beloved Nan in March 1997. He was predeceased by his parents, brother William and sister Elizabeth. Also, brother-in-law, Ernie and sister-in-law, Eleanor. Dad apprenticed as a butcher with W.S. Barrie in Leith for six years. He then served two years with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Regiment in Korea in 1954. He would always share stories of Korea, Singapore, Ceylon and the Suez Canal. He loved to talk about his tattoos from the Middle East and his infamous war medals. He married Mum (Nan) on November 5, 1956. Dad and Mum immigrated to Winnipeg on February 29, 1960 to be near Mum's sister, Jean and Ernie Dinse. A decision he never regretted but he was always homesick for Scotland. Every Sunday morning, our house was greeted with the sounds of a Bagpipe Marching Band. Dad worked for Westfair Foods from 1960 to 1992. He started with Westfair after only being in Canada for one week. (He left Westfair for one year to work at Cy's Tomboy). Dad started off his career as a butcher and progressed through many positions. He retired as a Division Manager for the Corporate stores in Manitoba. He would always joke, Not bad for Grade Three education! His experience and business sense were sought by many. He worked very hard and was a loyal and dedicated employee. Westfair was really lucky to have him. Dad lived in Winnipeg for 50 years but his heart was always in Scotland. Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. We love you Dad and we will really miss you. Rest in Peace Andy Carnegie!!!!! Dad's favourite saying was you can't fly on one wing and today he has earned both of his wings. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, a donation can be made to CancerCare MB. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111


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