Mr. William Graham Ritchie Benedict

August 18, 1943September 26, 2011

BENEDICT, William Graham Ritchie 1943 – 2011 Ritchie Benedict passed away on Monday, September 26, 2011, at the age of 68 years. He was born in Calgary on August 8, 1943 and was a noted researcher, writer and knowledgeable local history buff of this area. Ritchie was the son of Muriel (Ritchie) Benedict and George Alexander Benedict, also native-born Calgarians. Ritchie’s paternal grandfather, Peter George Benedict, was a well known barber at the Alberta Hotel downtown and came from Ontario in 1903. His maternal grandfather, William G. Ritchie, was a captain with the Calgary Fire Department. Ritchie was an avid researcher of the paranormal and had published articles and reviews in several topical magazines. As well, he gave many talks on the subject for the Calgary school system. Ritchie is survived by his aunt Jean Irving, aunt Dorothy Lamont, aunt Agnes Scott, by cousins Harvey Glendinning, Mrs. Ardell Decaire, Gordon, Dean, Dale, Bill, Kathleen, Lorne and Jim Benedict, John, Murray and Janice Lamont, Marion (Benedict) Thompson, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at a later date at the family plot in Queen’s Park Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM Telephone: 403-297-0888 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mr. William Graham Ritchie Benedict

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Ross & Noreen Blachly

October 5, 2011

Ritchie was unfailingly cheerful while following his own course through life. He was as candid and warm-hearted as it is possible to be.

Brianne Atkinson

October 4, 2011

Although I can't be with you while you remember your loved one, you're in my thoughts from afar.

Brent Friedenberg

October 3, 2011

I have wonderful memories of Ritchie from High School. He was a kind gentle person and very much willing to be his own person. He earned the respect of his classmates and I'm sure of the people he met throughout his career. Well done Ritchie.

Gail & Ted Oulds

October 3, 2011

Sending our love and prayers to Ritchie's family...It is hard to say goodbye to one that we love...Gail & Ted Oulds(Friends of the Decaire family)