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DAVID ANDERSON RITCHIE (published on January 06, 2010)



DAVID ANDERSON RITCHIE 1917 - 2010 After a brief illness, David A. Ritchie passed away on Monday, January 4, 2010, joining his beloved wife Dorothy. Dorothy predeceased Dave earlier this year, on January 29, 2009. Dave was also predeceased by his sister Eleanor Ross, and his identical twin brother Jack, who was shot down in the Second World War. Dave is survived by his four sons: John (Ruth) with grandchildren, Lesley (Cello), Janet, Karen, Ainsley and Spencer; Paul (Wendy) with grandchildren Pamela (Craig) and David; Craig with grandchildren J. Brendan, Sean, Aidan and Marlise; and Barry (Terry). Dad lived all of his life in Winnipeg. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Frandsen, in January, 1943, and they spent 66 wonderful years together. He served as a navigator and flight instructor in the war, during which time he founded Message to Base', a war time air force newsletter for which he recently received a commendation from the Commonwealth Air Museum. After his war service, Dad initially worked in advertising sales, but was recruited by his close friend and neighbour, George Eby, to begin a long and illustrious career with Investors Syndicate. Dad rose to the position of Regional Sales Manager, where he had the opportunity to demonstrate his love of people, and enjoyed helping many plan their financial future. Over his years with Investors, Dad, fondly known as Rocket , forged many long lasting relationships and acted as a career mentor to various sales representatives. Many of these colleagues went on to their own successful careers and became extended members of the Ritchie family. Dad strongly believed in the importance of community service. He served for many years as a strong and active member of the Winnipeg Lions Club, including several years as President. Thursday lunch meetings were attended as recently as a few weeks ago. Dad also served for many years on the board of Rainbow Stage, where his fundraising talents were often called upon, and for which he was awarded a place on the Wall of Fame. Dad was a Jester in the Masonic Lodge, where he enjoyed the fellowship of many friends. Always a music lover, Dad's rendition of I Left my Heart in San Francisco was legendary (!?). Dad was an avid sportsman, initially with his twin brother in tennis, which he continued to play up to the last few years of his life. Dad was a long time member of the Winnipeg Winter Club where he was an active participant in many activities. His strong support of the Club included time on the Board, including a term as President. He was an avid curler for many years at the Granite Curling Club, and was most proud to be a member of the Manitoba Seniors Championship rink representing Manitoba in the National Final in 1970. Dad embraced the game of golf, and enjoyed playing throughout North America, most especially at his favourite place, Falcon Lake Golf Course. Dad was happiest being a contributor, whether it was through financial planning or community service. He was also an eternal optimist, forever seeing his glass as half full . Dad and Mom loved their time at the lake, entertaining family and friends often. Annual Family Day at Falcon Lake was a highlight for them. In recent years, they enjoyed spending part of the winter in Victoria, where they visited many friends, and Dad continued his passion for golf. Dad left us January 4, 2010, the day of Dorothy's birthday. It was fitting he joined her side within a year of her passing. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Road. The family would like to extend its appreciation to the caring staff at Grace Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. G. Borrett and Dr. C. Macek, Lisa, Jonathon, Michelle and Trina for their kind and considerate care. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.


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