Charles J. Ritchie - August 11, 2009


RENSSELAER Charles J. Ritchie, 58, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at his residence.  Charles was an avid reader, writer and enjoyed classic literature and movies.  He was passionate about cooking and experimenting with food.  Chuck enjoyed making calls and reaching out to friends.  He will always be in our thoughts when the phone rings and we are saddened to know he will no longer be on the other end of the line.

     Survivors include his father, Ceylon B. Ritchie;  brother Ceylon J. Ritchie;  children, Scott and Craig Ritchie;  and nieces and nephews.  Also survived by his beloved cat Tallulah and he had many extended families.  VanRensselaer Heights Apartments, especially Patty who watched over him.  The Eddy Day Break on Herrick Street, especially Mike who was exceptionally patient, compassionate and generous with his time and resources.  Senior Whole Health, who also kept watch over him and advocated for him, and VanRensselaer Manor Nursing Home who continued to care for him even after they discharged him.  The Manor gave him the opportunity to live out his last year in a beautiful home, happily pursuing his many interests.  His guardian angels at the manor including Sue, Janice, Carol and Margaret were always there to lend a hand, lend an ear and be a support.  Charles was predeceased by his mother Rosalie Ritchie.

     Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday, August 14th at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday prior to the service starting at 10 AM.