Clyde L Ritchie
September 1920 - January 2013
Resident of San Jose, California
Clyde L. Ritchie, passed peacefully on Jan. 17, 2013, at the age of 92. He was a San Jose resident for 52 years. An avid fly fishermen, conservationist, beloved family man, friend to many, and a bona fide character, Clyde is survived by his son, Brent Ritchie, his daughter, Judy Morrison and their respective spouses, Sharon Ritchie and James Morrison; his grandchildren Matthew Ritchie, Nicole Del Barrio and Danielle Koehn and their spouses; his great grandchildren Robbie, Miles and Brent; his brother-in-law, Dean Couris and his wife, Joan; his sister-in-law, Margaret Ritchie; nieces, nephews and their families; and John Williams, whom Clyde called his second son. Clyde joins his beloved wife of 65 years, Lois "Sam" Ritchie, his parents, Barbara and Ulysses Ritchie and his brothers, Joseph, James, Robert and Theodore.
Clyde was born in Clyde, California. His family moved to San Francisco where he graduated from Balboa High School. He met Lois while working as a grocery delivery boy. They fell in love and married in 1941, the same year he began his career as an installer with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company. At the start of WWII
, he joined the Air Force, where he served as a Armorer Gunner, earning the rank of sergeant. When the war ended, Clyde's service with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph was bridged, enabling him to return to his former job as an installer. After several promotions, Clyde ended his 37 year career as a second line manager, retiring in 1978.
Clyde was a proud life time member of the San Jose Flycasters, serving as president, board member and fly casting instructor. He joined the Federation of Fly Fishers adamantly supporting conservationist efforts to protect and preserve the waterways of Northern California. A writer and humorist, Clyde loved to entertain his family and friends with stories of his fishing exploits, real and imagined.
One of Clyde's most cherished memories are the many trips he took with his beloved Sam, fly fishing for fall run salmon on the Smith River. To honor his memory, the family is requesting donations be made to the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery, PO Box 328, Smith River, CA 95567. A private celebration of life is planned later this spring.
The family would like to thank dad's many friends who visited him regularly, taking him out when he could no longer drive, sharing stories, laughter, and an occasional shave. Special thanks to Steve, his hospice volunteer, whose visits gave dad something to look forward to every week. We are very grateful for dad's caregivers who did everything possible to help him retain his independence. He returned their care by teaching them Italian. His face would light up when they greeted him each day with a kiss on the cheek and a cheerful "Buongiorno."