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Robert (Doc) Ritchie

February 22, 1921 - December 14, 2018


Dr. Ritchie was born 22 February, 1921 as the only child to parents Fredrick John and Gracie Lenore Ritchie in Craik, Saskatchewan.  He grew up in Estevan and Regina graduating high school in 1939. He attended University Of Manitoba from 1940 to 1946 graduating with a BSc major in Chemistry and a degree in Medicine.  Dr.Ritchie enrolled in the Canadian Military in 1939 and served until he was discharged in 1946 with duties in the Officers Training Corp, Royal Canadian Medical Corp and the 2nd North Saskatchewan Regiment which was a unit of the Saskatchewan Light infantry. Dr. Ritchie entered his chosen profession with time spent at the Mayo Clinic and Cook County Hospital in Chicago Illinois, moving on to his own practice for 22 years in Brock, Saskatchewan area and then moved to Osoyoos in 1968 where he continued to practice medicine for another 15 years serving as a coroner, dentist and health officer. Dr. Ritchie’s devotion to his military service remained strong and was very active in the Royal Canadian Legion until this year. He was involved in the development of the Osoyoos Legion Field of Honor, Legion display at the Osoyoos museum, Veterans Oral History program and served as Service officer and President of the K.Knudtson (Pacific # 173) Branch in Osoyoos, BC. He was awarded the Meritorious Service award in 2001 and Palm Leaf to the Meritorious Service Medal in January 2014 which is the highest commendation that Veteran Affairs can bestow to an individual.

He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen of 49 years in June 2018 and is survived by Kathleen’s brother Jack Newman and his wife Pearl, sisters-in-law, June with her husband Don McMillian and Gladys and her husband Harvey Goebel. He is also survived by two first cousins, James Johnstone of Portland, Oregon along with Lenore of Saskatoon. Uncle Bob will also be missed by many nephews and nieces and their extended families.

A celebration of Dr. Ritchie’s life will be held on 12 January at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion K.Knudtson # 173 Branch in Osoyoos, BC.

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From: Kay Olson
Relation: I used to work for him in Brock.

I worked for Dr. Ritchie in Brock – many years ago. Doc was the best boss I ever had. He was kind to everyone, worked uncomplaining at all hours of the day or night, went to people’s homes when they couldn’t come to see him, and was absolutely a prince of a person. He will be dearly missed. Dr. Ritchie was a legend.

From: Adrienne Kingsley
Relation: Patient

My sincerest and deepest sympathies to Dr. Ritchie’s family. I remember him so well from my days growing up in Brock, Saskatchewan. He was a loved, honoured and treasured member of our community for so many years, respected and loved by all, as I recall. He will be sadly and greatly missed by everyone who loved and knew him. It seems he lived a full live, a life of giving and helping…..what great worth could a man be in this world? <3

From: Patty Brotzell-Close
Relation: He brought me into this world!

‘Doc” Ritchie was our family doctor and delivered myself and most of my 6 siblings as we were raised on a farm near Brock, Saskatchewan. My Mom thought the world of him and spoke of him fondly. My Dad (Art Brotzell, passed in 2013) was a soldier and active in the Legion which is one of the in common interests the Doc and he shared. My Mom (Jean Brotzell) passed away December 15….perhaps they will enjoy a catch-up now! My condolences on behalf of the Brotzell family.

From: Darcy Desrosiers Jessen
Relation: Brock

My mother, Faye, worked for Dr Ritchie while he was in Brock. He was highly regarded in the community. My condolences to the family.

From: Allison Sarauer
Relation: I was his patient many years ago.

Doc Ritchie delivered me and just about every other baby within miles of Brock! I was pretty little when he left but have fond memories of him and the time he spent with our family. Condolences to his family.

From: Helen McNab
Relation: Former patient, parents' friend.

My sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Ritchie. One of my favourite Brock anecdotes owes its punchline to Dr. Ritchie’s wit.

From: Judy Dallas
Relation: Through living here for a number of years and also at Mariposa.

Dr. Ritchie was the consummate gentleman, and caring to those he visited in Mariposa. Always a kind word, a gentle pat on the shoulder, and a smile. Did not really know him otherwise, but he always acknowledged a greeting with kindness. He is now resting quietly with his lovely wife.

From: Bert Gray
Relation: Doc was my family Doctor, friend, hunting buddy

I send my Condolence to Doc’s family, friends, Legion Comrades. He will be greatly missed, as he was when he left the Brock community. He was my family doctor, friend, hunting buddy he always had a story to tell with great humor,and lots advise of how to set up for the morning hunt .We had lots of laughs and a great time with Doc. He is missed greatly.

From: Anthony Brummet
Relation: Friend

We had the highest regard for Doc, and were proud to be friends.
Tony and Lois Brummet

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
January 12, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Royal Canadian Legion, K. Knudtson #173
8310 - 78th Avenue
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A celebration of Dr. Ritchie’s life will be held on 12 January at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion K.Knudtson # 173 Branch in Osoyoos, BC.

8310 - 78th Avenue
Osoyoos, BC Canada

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