Charles Edward Ritchie

December 19, 1926 - March 19, 2011
Charles Edward Ritchie


Charles E. Ritchie, 84 of Garden City, SC and formerly of Wilmington, MA died peacefully at a family home on March 19, 2011 after a brief illness.

He was born in Wilmington, MA on December 19, 1926 to the late Gardner and Rose (Porter) Ritchie. He was preceded in death by his loving and dedicated wife of 53 years Phyllis (Martell) Ritchie, and is survived by brothers John and Robert as well as sisters Mary and Pauline.

Charles was a proud veteran of the US Army having served during WW II after which he had a distinguished 30 year career in the US Postal Service in various management positions including Post Master of the Wilmington MA office. He was also actively involved in many civic groups, youth sports, and various Catholic men’s organizations. Upon retirement, he and his wife settled in Myrtle Beach, SC where they enjoyed many happy years together traveling, meeting new friends, entertaining visitors, and participating in numerous events of a growing family.

A true gentleman, he was a wonderful role model and father who will be sorely missed but fondly remembered by his children: Paul and Susan Ritchie of Wilmington, NC; Janice and Barry Taylor of Lowell, MA; Beth and Bob Pidgeon of Leland, NC; and Steven and Patricia Ritchie of Lawrence, MA. He was also a beloved and respected “Grampy” to 9 admiring grandchildren, Robert and wife Stefanie, Janelle, Matthew, Gregory, Bradley, Jonathan, Peter, Patrick and Philip,

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401

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  • March 23, 2011
    Mark & Julie Cooke says:
    Steve, Patricia & family, please accept our deepest sympathies at the your loss of your Dad. You should be proud he led such a full and long life. Please take care, Mark, Julie & Rachael, Samantha

  • March 22, 2011
    Flo Campbell says:
    Dear Ritchie Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you face the passage of Charlie. He was a wonderful father and friend. I hope the absence of his presence will be filled by the wonderful memories you have of your time together. Love, Flo

  • March 23, 2011
    Mary Barry Emerick says:
    To the Ritchie Family, I am so very sorry to hear about Charlie...He was a great man...! You are all in my thoughts & prayers... Love to all... Mary

  • March 22, 2011
    Brian McCue says:
    I was saddened when I heard your Dad passed away. I have many great memories of him. He was a wonderful Uncle. My prayers go out to all of you during this time. I will miss Uncle Charlie.

  • March 25, 2011
    Gerry (Porter) Doane says:
    We were sorry to hear of Charlie's passing but know that the past few years were difficult, especially with the loss of his dear wife, Phyllis. We're sure that his family takes comfort in knowing that they are together, again. Charlie was a nice cousin, a nice person and a pleasure to be around. Our sympathy goes to his family, we know he will be sorely missed.