– Paul V. Ritzie, Sr., known as “Vannie”, passed away peacefully on
August 6, 2020 with his loving family by his side at the age of 83.
He was the son of the late William H. Ritzie, Sr. and Jennie Dillard
Ritzie. Paul was educated in Harlem, NY but graduated from Norfork
County High School in Virginia at the age of 15 years. He was an
extremely hardworking family man who eventually landed a career job
with the New York City Transit Authority in1962 until he retired in
1984. He also held other positions as a custodian for City College
in New York and a Jewelry Store Supervisor in New York. Dad loved
playing basketball as a youth, was a great NY Yankee fan and enjoyed
playing and winning card games.
Paul married his childhood sweetheart, Shirley May Williams, on
November 8, 1954 that brought forth seven wonderful children; Paul
V. Ritzie, Jr. (deceased), Joanne Washington (deceased), Sabrina
Benn, Lindell P. Ritzie, Shirley Y. Ritzie (deceased), Shawn K.
Ritzie and Shawnta E. Sterling. Paul leaves behind three
generations of his offspring, grandchildren; starting with the
oldest Charmaine Ritzie, and 19 other grandchildren’ 27
great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren to this date.
He was so proud of all of them and loved them all dearly. He is
also survived by his loving Auntie Lelia Russ of Corami, NY and
cousin Janice Findersen. He is survived by siblings, Ronald Paul
Ritzie, Anthony Ritzie, and Rita Ritzie. Paul is predeceased by
siblings, William H. Ritzie, Marilyn William, Portia Robinson, Pat
Clark, Leon Ritzie and Kevin Ritzie.
A graveside service will be held 11 AM on Thursday, August 13th at
Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore, NY. Masks and social
distancing will be required. Contributions to Lindell Ritzie, PO
Box 71, Ravena, NY 12143 would be appreciated.