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Charles E. Ritchie, 84, formerly of Wilmington, MA died peacefully at a family home on March 19, 2011 after a brief illness. He was born in Wilmington, MA on December 19, 1926 to the late Gardner and Rose (Porter) Ritchie. He was preceded in death by his loving and dedicated wife of 53 years Phyllis (Martell) Ritchie, and is survived by brothers John and Robert as well as sisters Mary and Pauline. Charles was a proud veteran of the US Army having served during WW II after which he had a distinguished 30 year career in the US Postal Service in various management positions including Post Master of the Wilmington MA office. He was also actively involved in many civic groups, youth sports, and various Catholic men's organizations. Upon retirement, he and his wife settled in Myrtle Beach, SC where they enjoyed many happy years together traveling, meeting new friends, entertaining visitors, and participating in numerous events of a growing family. A true gentleman, he was a wonderful role model and father who will be sorely missed but fondly remembered by his children: Paul and Susan Ritchie of Wilmington, NC; Janice and Barry Taylor of Lowell, MA; Beth and Bob Pidgeon of Leland, NC; and Steven and Patricia Ritchie of Lawrence, MA. He was also a beloved and respected Grampy to 9 admiring grandchildren, Robert and wife Stefanie, Janelle, Matthew, Gregory, Bradley, Jonathan, Peter, Patrick and Philip, In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 Please share memories and condolences with the family at www.wilmingtoncares.com. Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099

Published in The Tewksbury Advocate from Mar. 23 to Mar. 30, 2011
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