Alan Wilber Rittinger

January 28, 1925December 10, 2017
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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Alan. He was surrounded by family in his final hours. Predeceased by his loving wife Shirley in 2002, he leaves behind his children Gordon (Ann), Leslie (Ken) Sandeen, Sandra (Sean) Polson, and Robert (Jenny). Survived by his grandchildren; Melanie, Devon, Heather, Taryn, Alexandra, and Troy; as well as great-granddaughter, Abbygail. Retired as a captain of the V.F.D. after 32 years, he lived the Canadian dream of playing hockey in the NHL original 6, leaving Regina to play with the Boston Bruins in 1943 - 1944. Alan continued to play professional hockey until 1952. He then joined the Vancouver Fire Department and was instrumental in starting the Firefighters Hockey League which he coached for many years. The Hockey League trophy is now named the Al Rittinger Trophy. Alan married the love of his life and best friend, Shirley Evoy, in 1949. During their 53 years together, he and Shirley devoted their lives to raising their four children and were overjoyed to have shared their lives with their grandchildren. Dad lived to see the addition of his great-grandchild to his loving family. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Mountain View Manor, Dr. Long, Dr. Jetzer, and Dr. Adam. Also a sincere thank you to retired and active Vancouver fire fighters, dear friends, and extended family. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 29th, 2017, at 2:00pm, at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre – 14831 28th Avenue, Surrey, BC. Donations to either the Burn Fund Centre, Delta Hospital Auxiliary, or Variety - The Children's Charity, would be greatly appreciated.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 29, 2017

Alan Wilber Rittinger

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December 30, 2017

So sorry to read of your father's passing in the Optimist last night. Your dad was a great guy. Your mom and dad were wonderful neighbours. Your dad was always there for my mom and dad whenever they needed help. Take Care. Cathy Waterson (Gorman) (Ladner B C )

Vicki Harford

December 28, 2017

I extend my sympathy to Alan's loving family. I would often drive by his home on Wallace and think about dropping in, but it is one of my regrets now, that I hadn't for many years. It has been a long time since I have seen Gord, Leslie, Sandra & Robert, but when we were younger we would socialize at family gatherings as children do.
My Mom, Marjorie Harford and your Mom/ Grandmother Shirley were cousins and I also remember Jack and Gladys well. You had a great Dad and Grandfather and you will miss him I know.

Fellow Tsawwassenite, Vicki Harford

December 25, 2017

I remember Al. When he played for the Kerrisdale Monarchs. One of my boyhood heroes. RIP


December 24, 2017

My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Jackie. Rest assured life is precious to our Creator. He promises to act in our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:26

Ian Monteith

December 24, 2017

Sorry to hear of Al's passing. I remember the first time I met him on the ice on a Friday morning at the rink in Burnaby with a lot of Firefighters skating around to warm up and following Al and the cloud of smoke from coming from his stogie.I never had the privilege of working with him but he was a great coach for our Hockey team and will always be remembered. My sincere condolences to the family Ian Monteith