Jim (James) Ritchie

January 10, 1948November 24, 2019

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Jim (James) Ritchie, beloved husband of Julie for 48 years and caring son of Margaret. Jim’s energy and humour will be deeply missed by his children Jason (Carrie), Jodie, Jackie (Haydn) and Janelle (Mike) and his grandchildren Jack, Thomas, Nicholas, Kynan, Brynly, Emma, Rhory, Percy, Beaudyn and Murphy. Jim dedicated 37 years to the Toronto Fire Department retiring in 2009 as a District Chief. He was an avid member of the Brampton Cycling Club and had a strong passion and desire to live life to the fullest. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 in the Speranza Banquet Hall. Time to be confirmed.


11 January

Celebration of Life Service

Speranza Banquet Hall

510 Deerhurst Drive
Brampton, ON L6T 5H9


Jim (James) Ritchie

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Rebecca McNaughton

December 6, 2019

Janelle and family,
I was so sorry to hear that your dad passed away. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. Keep all the good memories close to your heart during this difficult time.
Rebecca McNaughton

Jim and Jenny Gwilliams

December 3, 2019

Our sincere condolences to the Ritchie family.

Jim and Jenny Gwilliams

Robin Giacomelli

December 2, 2019

I am deeply saddened to read of the passing of Jim Ritchie . I am the daughter of the late Howard and Ethel Avis (nee Ritchie) His Dad ,Moray and my Mom were 1st cousins. My sympathies to his wife and family and especially to his Mom Margaret who I have very fond memories with . Thoughts and prayers with you all at this very difficult time.

Eve & Ken Lowery

November 30, 2019

A loss to our community. A wonderful neighbour, always there to help.

Mike Gillies

November 28, 2019

Until I was 14 I lived on Noranda Drive. I think it was through Brian McKeegan that I became friends with Jim and Doug when they lived on Hearst Circle.We ended up spending a lot of time together until I moved away.
I remember Jim with his red hair as high energy and always ready for an adventure . Unfortunately we
fell out of touch after I moved. I’m sorry to hear of his death
I hope I can be notified of the celebration of his life in the New Year
Mike Gillies

William Bearss

November 28, 2019

Being about the same age (i.e. old guys), Jim and I were kindred spirits for many years at Sunday night CPOHL games. Whether on the same team or as competitors, we always shared a laugh or a story that enriched our sense of camaraderie. I marvelled at his diligence and commitment to staying fit and healthy year round, especially the cycling events for which he raised funds.
I will cherish all of those fond memories.
With heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Jim's family,
Billy Bearss

Vivien Mausz

November 28, 2019

I first met Jim walking my dog in the park around our homes. I was wearing a paramedic emblem, which peaked Jim's interest & we started chatting. It’s not that Jim ever needed a reason to make friends. He did it naturally. Those were the loose beginnings of what we call our "doggie group" - sometimes up to 8 neighbours and dogs walking and playing with our dogs. You don’t find communities like that everywhere., and I honestly feel that Jim was largely responsible for the loose knit feel of ours

After Jim's initial surgery, he was determined to start walking around our block daily with Julie by his side. I live about half way around, and on Jodie's request, I’d bring a chair out for him to rest on. Any neighbours out at the time would join us and have a nice gathering. Jim joked I should bring out some beer and cards. Those were good times.

Jim, you were so kind, so generous, and so very inspirational to everyone who knew you. The same is to be said for you, Julie, as well as your entire family.

I am so saddened by your loss, and yet such a better person for having met and gotten to know you.

Thank you.

Barney Clarke

November 27, 2019

I will share this message on behalf of all the members and retired members of the CPOHL Jim was a long time member of the cpohl hockey league over the many years that Jim played he probably played with all of our players sharing lots of hockey memories and also cycling trips that he would be a part of always willing to chat with anybody loved a beer or two after a game and some wings after a early game Always had a smile on his face we knew he was a good person at heart JIM RITCHIE we will miss you .Our thoughts and prayers to the RITCHIE FAMILY. Barney Maryjo Clarke.

Danny O'Rourke

November 27, 2019

I knew Jim both as a young boy growing up in the same neighbourhood and later as an adult living in Brampton. Jim was always very friendly and always would stop and chat. I remember watching the Junior hockey games with Jim at Memorial Arena.
My wife Susan and I are very sorry for your loss and wish to offer our sincere condolences to Julie and family.

Carolyn Gray

November 27, 2019

Ritchie Family,
Heartfelt condolences to you all. I am so sorry for your loss.
I have fond memories of Jim cycling around Lake Ontario with my husband David Gray also with Toronto Fire Department (passed away 2010). David always held Jim in high esteem and shared his love for cycling. There were many great stories told on this trip.
I remember Jim's smile, his love of cycling, his sense of humour and his kindness.
Your family is in my heart.
Carolyn Gray