Bryan James Ritchie
Bryan James Ritchie passed away peacefully at Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the
age of 64 years. Bryan is survived by his loving wife, Diana and son, Caleb (Erin). He is also survived by his siblings: Mel (Jayne) Ritchie, Elva (Lynn) Hickey, and Donna (Gary) Thompson. Bryan will be lovingly remembered by nephew, Shawn (Amanda) Ritchie; and nieces, Krista (Tom) Fry, Amy (Joel) Thompson and Erin (Brad) Thompson and great nephew, Colton and niece Nykole. Bryan will be sadly missed by his step children, Jared (Marion), Eric (Devyn) daughter Olivia, and Acacia (Mike). He was predeceased by his parents, Harvey and Betty Ritchie. Bryan was born in Wingham, Ontario on September 9, 1954. He was raised on the family farm and attended school at Lucknow and graduated FE Madill High School Wingham. He then attended Ridgetown Ag College and farmed with Mel and his dad. His adventurous soul took him to work on a farm at Dawson Creek, BC and a cotton farm in Arizona. He settled in Red Deer, and worked for Kaun’s Seed Farm, FeedRite and EOne. He later attended Red Deer College and graduated from the Business Admin program. Bryan had a passion for country life, farming and nature. Over the years, he raised cattle, sheep, bees and heirloom tomatoes. He also had a keen interest in photography and computers. He was a highly intelligent and curious person who was the go-to in the family for technical questions. In Red Deer, Bryan met Diana, the love and light of his life. The day they met it was the beginning of a beautiful and rich journey of love, devotion and loyalty. They married in 2012 and together moved to Vegreville and then to Fort McMurray where they last resided. He was a kind, gentle and caring husband who honoured, respected and cherished Diana. He was a supportive father to Caleb and always took interest in his many activities. He was reliable, determined and always analytical – whether it was the situation at hand or the stock market. Bryan had longstanding health concerns and never let these get in the way of enjoying life. As he became more health compromised, he continued to watch hours of YouTube farming shows to keep abreast of farming trends. Bryan’s faith also was very important and brought him comfort over the years. He maintained a positive attitude right to the end of his life journey. Bryan was deeply treasured by those who shared his light and will be sadly missed by family and friends. If friends so desire donations may be made in Bryan’s memory to the Canadian Lung Association or National Sarcoidosis Association RR#1, Sundre, Alberta, T0M 1X0 Canada.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Bryan James
Ritchie 1954 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: Red-Deer, Province: Alberta