Richard Ernest Rittenhouse
1947 - 2021
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October 5, 1947 - February 4, 2021 - Passed suddenly and unexpectedly, doing what he loved to do, on Thursday Feb 4, 2021 at the age of 73. Predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Ethel Rittenhouse, he was best friend and loving husband of 47 years to Darlene (Coppen); proud father, mentor, and best friend to Aaron (Celina); brother-in-law to Stan and Sue Coppen; uncle to Danny (Karen) and Laura (Dallas) all of Vancouver Island, BC.; and much loved cousin to many. In addition, he cherished his long lasting friendships of which there were many. Rick was born, raised, and lived in Jordan all his life. Even larger in heart than stature, his family, friends, and community were always foremost in his mind. He was always available to lend an ear, give advice, or share a joke. After starting in the hospitality industry he became an auctioneer in 1981, a passion that stayed with him his entire life. He also worked for more than 25 years for Mutual Life/Sun Life Insurance. Beyond his career, Rick was generous in his community involvement and was an enthusiastic and tireless fundraiser for countless charities and worthwhile causes in Lincoln, Niagara, and beyond. A founding member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, he served on many boards in many capacities over the years. An avid supporter in the preservation of local history and artifacts, he also enjoyed playing hockey in the Jordan Good Timers and Old Timers hockey leagues, fishing, pool, golf, board games and crosswords. Rick loved a good wager and was never far from a card game, particularly poker. He will forever be remembered as a generous, caring and fun-loving character wherever he went. Cremation has taken place as he wished and private arrangements due to the pandemic have been entrusted to Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St, Vineland, ON If desired a donation in Rick's memory would be greatly appreciated. A charity of your choice or one of the following of which he was a keen supporter: Lincoln's Museum and Cultural Centre (Choose Lincoln Community Fund and specify with a message that the donation be directed to Lincoln's Museum and Cultural Centre): Niagara Community Foundation » Donate Now Community Care of West Niagara: Donate | Community Care of West Niagara | Lincoln (communitycarewn.ca) Wise Guys Charity Fund: Wise Guys Charity Fund | Charity Profile | Donate Online | Canadahelps Or, simply donate a food item to your local foodbank. The family wishes to thank first responders and staff at Niagara Health - St.Catharines, as well as everyone who has shown overwhelming support for which we are so grateful. Online condolences at tallmanfuneralhomes.ca.

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February 16, 2021
Darlene, Aaron and family. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time. Having come to Niagara in 1994 , Rick was one of the first advisors I got to know and I came to cherish his foresight into the lifestyle of Niagara. In many ways he was bigger than life and I know he will be sadly missed by so many people . Although our paths crossed less and less over the years, I know I will miss him a lot.

My heart goes out to you all.

Bill Tomlinson
Bill Tomlinson
Coworker
February 12, 2021
Sad to hear the news of Rick’s passing. Spent many hours playing poker with Rick. Such a great guy. He will be missed at the poker table.
Mike Caldwell
Acquaintance
February 10, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Aaron and family. I remember being a little girl watching Rick at an auction and being amazed by his auctioning/vocal skill. He was a fixture in the Jordan Community and will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Maia Laundry
Friend
February 10, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Aaron and family. I remember being a little girl watching Rick at an auction and being amazed by his auctioning/vocal skill. He was a fixture in the Jordan Community and will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Maia Laundry
Friend
February 10, 2021
Our deepest condolences to all the family we were very sad to hear of Ricks passing he was a lovely man RIP Bill and Caron Staff
Caron Staff
Friend
February 10, 2021
I knew Rick for many years. He will be sorely missed. My regrets to his wife and son.
Chris Reeh
Friend
February 10, 2021
So very sad to learn of Rick’s passing. He was such a kind and generous man with a wonderful sense of humour. He always gave the kitchen 20.00 at the beginning of every auction though he never ate 20.00 worth of food and he liked his bottled water at room temperature, never cold. We shall cherish our memories of Rick and the gang. Sincere condolences to his family.
Sandra Dudar-St John’s Anglican-Jordan
Acquaintance
February 10, 2021
RIP Rick!! I am so sad to learn of your passing! So many wonderful memories of your auctions with my parents!!
Cathy Dorsey
Friend
February 9, 2021
I'm so very sorry to hear of Rick's passing. I worked with Rick at Mutual Life as an Insurance Agent in the 80's. After I left Mutual Life to pursue a career in Real Estate he was my insurance agent for many years. I remember him fondly. He was a good friend, always with a smile and a wonderful sense of humour. My sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss.
Gloria Valvasori
Coworker
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