Paul V. Ritzie, Sr.– August 6, 2020

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   RAVENA – 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.