Reverend Paul Miles Ritter, age 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 8, 2018, at Fox Hill Center in Vernon, CT after a courageous battle with cancer. He devoted over 50 years to improving quality of life in Hartford including to developing the Faith Manor and Zezzo apartments. He served as pastor of the Warburton Community United Church of Christ for 25 years where he retired in 1997, and as a Commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission for 28 years. The youngest son of 12 children of the late Jordan and Nora Ritter of Carthage, NC, he graduated from Immanuel College Theological Seminary, NC in 1957 and from the University of Connecticut in 1972. He is survived by; 7 children, Larry Ritter Sr. (Diana), Roger Ritter (Monnece), Paula Ritter-Lipscomb (Hamilton), Michael Ritter (Laura Ann), Tyrone Ritter (Stephanie), Chanene Ritter, Paul Ritter Jr.; 4 sisters, Arbella Williams, Mozella Ritter, Frankie Peace and Marjorie Brown; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; former wife, Mazie Ritter; close friends, Joyce Hudson, Russell Ruth, Bishop James Bishop, Bishop James Walker, and a host of loving family and friends. Funeral services will be Oct. 22 at 2 PM at the Bellview AME Zion Church, 128 Bellview Rd., Robbins, NC. via the Person Funeral Home (910) 464-2288. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Greater Hartford NAACP, P.O. Box 1012, Hartford, CT 06143. A memorial service will be held in Hartford CT on Oct. 28 at 4 PM at the Victory Cathedral, 205 Bellevue St.
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Published by Hartford Courant on Oct. 14, 2018.