July 29, 1927 – March 1, 2018
Kenneth John Ritchie, 90, formerly of West Chatham, passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA on March 1, 2018. Ken was born in Dorchester on July 29, 1927 to Cecilia and Harold Ritchie of Milton. He was the husband of the late Jeanne (Dustin) Ritchie and the brother of Charlotte Mulvaney. He is survived by his sons, Stephen and wife, Holly of Weston, MA; Brian and wife, Kathy of Chatham, MA; Denis and wife, Nadine of Newburyport, MA; and Christopher and wife, Denise of Southboro, MA. Ken was the proud “Grampie” of eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren with three more on the way.
Ken grew up in Dorchester and was a veteran of WWII serving in Pearl Harbor. He later graduated from Northeastern University with a BSEE and MBA. Throughout his career in the electronics industry, Ken and his family lived in the New England area in Westwood, MA, Weston, CT and Amherst, NH. While living in Westwood, Ken served as Selectman and was active on various town committees. In 1964 Ken and Jeanne built a home in Chatham where they summered and enjoyed boating and the beach. An avid traveler and humanitarian, Ken retired to Chatham in 1983 and dedicated his time to the disadvantaged in the lower Cape communities as the Chairman of Chatham Ecumenical Council for the Homeless (CECH). Ken was presented The Business Person of the year award in 1996 by the Rotary Club of Chatham.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 12th, at Holy Redeemer Church, 57 Highland Avenue, Chatham, followed by burial at Seaside Cemetery in Chatham.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ken’s memory to: Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter online or mail a check to The Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to Chatham Ecumenical Council for the Homeless (CECH) at P.O. Box 81, West Chatham, MA 02669-0081.
For online condolences, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com/nickerson-funeral-home-chatham
- Cecilia and Harold Ritchie, Parents
- Jeanne (Dustin) Ritchie, Wife
- Charlotte Mulvaney, Sister
- Stephen (and wife, Holly) Ritchie, Son
- Brian (and wife, Kathy) Ritchie, Son
- Denis (and wife, Nadine) Ritchie, Son
- Christopher (and wife, Denise) Ritchie, Son
- Ken was the proud “Grampie” of eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren with three more on the way.
- Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter (Online)
The Alzheimer's Association
309 Waverley Oaks Road , Waltham, MA 02452
Chatham Ecumenical Council for the Homeless (CECH)
P.O. Box 81, West Chatham, MA 02669-0081
- Funeral Mass Monday, March 12, 2018
- Graveside Service Monday, March 12, 2018
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Terry Machie Harris
April 2, 2018
To the Ritchie family,
I am sorry to hear of your Father's passing. His smile would light up everything and everyone around him. He was so well respected in town and he left quite a legacy with his involvement with CECH. I loved seeing photos of your Mother in the photo tribute. You had great parents.
Sue and I lost our Mother March 1, 2017.
Thinking of you all,
March 16, 2018
Dear Family of Ken:
I knew Ken from my earliest days (1960s) working at Northeastern University from where I
retired after 35 years.
Ken was a wonderful and conscientious volunteer and always pleasant to work with. I remember
him with affection and high regard and express my condolences to the entire family.
March 5, 2018
So sorry to hear about Ken's passing. I knew him well. When Ken moved to CT., I ran for and was elected to his seat on the Board of Selectmen. Back in those days the Town had 3 precincts and by a gentleman agreement each one had a selectman. I was from Islington so I qualified.
Sorry for your loss