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RITCHIE – William (Bill) Douglas

February 16, 1930 – November 12, 2009

On Thursday, November 12, 2009, Bill Ritchie, beloved husband of Jean of Calgary, passed away at the age of 79 years after a brief illness with cancer.

Bill graduated from the University of Alberta in 1957 with a Masters in Geology and spent the next thirty-five years in the Oil and Gas Industry. All will miss his love for the outdoors, his passion for nature, his zest for life and his delightful sense of humour. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the many thoughtful expressions of love and kindness from family and friends during this difficult time. We also wish to thank the Palliative Home Care Team and Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Center for their excellent care.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of forty-seven years, Jean; his three children, Cameron (Anjo), Stephen (Nathalie) and Laura (Cody) Cutforth; nine grandchildren, Anneke, Carmen, Marco, Emma Ritchie, of Calgary, Tristan and Ixta Ritchie, of Sudbury, ON, and Jessie, Samantha and Jordyn Cutforth, of Vulcan, AB; brother Gary; and sisters, Margaret and Jean, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Bow Valley Christian Church (5300 – 53rd Avenue N.W.) on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Bill’s honour may be made directly to the Bow Valley Christian Church, 5300 – 53rd Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T3A 2G8 or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433.

In living memory of Bill Ritchie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Norman and Elaine Huey :

    Jean and Family,
    We all have fond memories of Bill. He will be missed but not forgotten!
    Norm , Elaine and Family.

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  2. Denise Bédard et Guy Marcotte :

    nos sinceres condoleances a toute la famille nous regrettons de ne pouvoir etre a vos coté dans ces moments dificile pour vous,bonne chance a vous Denise et Guy

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  3. Gaetan, Sylvie and Family (Marcotte) :

    We wish to let the Ritchie family know that we are thinking about them in this time of sadness. We would like to express our deepest sympathy.

    Best Regards

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  4. Dear Jean, Your dear husband is so lovingly remembered. His smile over the fence this past summer seemed such a short time ago. He will be comfortable now in God’s care. Please take care of you, Betty

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  5. Mrs. Ritchie, its Devon Hill here and I just found out about your Dear Husband!!

    Let me express my deepest heartfelt condolences to you and your Children and Grand Children.

    You and Mr. Ritchie always meant so much to me as a little boy….

    As a Christian man, I know that Bill is now with our Dear Savior.

    Bless you Mrs. Ritchie and may the Comforter comfort you will all care!!

    Devon Hill

    Your Brother in Christ.

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  6. Susan and Douglas de Grodd :

    So sad to hear of your loss,
    our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Christian, Hélène, Chloé and Enzo :

    Our deepest sympathies to Jean and the family. Even though the distance, our thoughts are with you in these difficult moments.

    Sincerely,

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  8. Jim and Dawna Quigley :

    From all of Gary’s friends at Westchester Dev. we are very sorry for your loss.
    The entire family is in our prayers.

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  9. Sherri & Trevor Ramage :

    Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
    May your memories give you strength.

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