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Stephen Ritchie

Born in: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Born on: 07/08/1922

Passed away in: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Passed away on: 10/02/2010

Stephen John “Casey” Ritchie of Hampton, husband of Mary Jean (Williams) Ritchie, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Ridgewood Veterans Centre. Born at Moncton, New Brunswick on August 7, 1922, he was a son of the late Stephen John and Caroline (Malenfant) Ritchie.
Prior to retiring, Steve was a case worker and supervisor, in Saint John and Sussex, for the New Brunswick Department of Social Services. Steve graduated from St. Vincent’s Boys School in Saint John and went on to St. Francis Xavier University. However he interrupted his university education to join the navy in 1940. He completed his BSW from Dalhousie University in 1984.
Steve was a Veteran of World War II, serving as a Signalman with the Royal Canadian Navy. Always active in his community, he was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus in Wilmington, Massachusetts, as well as being a former president of the Kiwanis Club of Saint John. He was also founding member and former president of the Main Brace Naval Association in Saint John and a member of the Hampton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Steve was a founding member of the Hampton Golf Club, and in his leisure time, he enjoyed gardening, hunting and especially fishing on the Miramichi River.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Steve is survived by his children, Mary Jean Kotler (Moshe) of Atlanta, Georgia, Stephen J. Ritchie Jr (Donna) of Hampton, Therese Ballard (Joe) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Christina Ritchie of Vancouver, British Columbia and Pamela Ritchie (John Rowcroft) of Whitby, Ontario; grandchildren Tony O’Neil, Michelle Anderson, Sara Ritchie, Stephanie Ballard and Beth Anne Ballard; great grandchildren Grayson, Erik, David, and Devin; and several nieces and nephews.
Steve was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, Steve was predeceased by his brother John J. Ritchie; by sisters Patricia (Haley) Babineau, Michaeline “Mickey” Hagerman, Grace Ross and Ann Marie Ritchie and by his grandson Jesse Ben Askevold.

Jeremiah W. Sullivan

October 21, 1916 - May 19, 2011
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SULLIVAN, Jeremiah Wilfred (Jerry) – 94, Halifax, passed away peacefully May 19, 2011 with loving family by his side at Veterans Memorial Building in Halifax. Born at Giants Lake, Guysborough Co. October 21, 1916, Jerry was the son of the late Hugh and Mary (MacIsaac) Sullivan. He attended St. Francis Xavier University before enlisting in the Canadian Air Force and serving during World War II. After the war, he worked in Northern Ontario before moving to Halifax where he met the love of his life, Flora Patricia Fiske of Lockeport to whom he was married for 40 glorious years before her passing May 9, 2005. A kind, generous and gentle gentleman with an enormous heart, Jerry will be remembered for his passion for family, love of life, a sense of humour and a wit that could make anyone laugh, and a deep affection for his Blue Jays. For his 90th birthday, Jerry’s grandchildren gave him a Jays’ game jersey with the name Bullfrog (from Three Dog Night’s pop song Jeremiah was a Bullfrog, of course) and the number 90 on the back. He played cards with enthusiasm, loved weekly bingo at Veterans Memorial, and was proud, as a Jeopardy fan, to regularly top the class in weekly trivia contests there. He read voraciously and was a fervent debater of issues. He was a member of Vimy Legion for many years and enjoyed attending VON Halifax’s weekly Breakaway program. He never had an unkind word to say about anyone and was adored for his loving nature. Jerry had a remarkable devotion to his church that he attended unfailingly each week and, in his later years, daily. His very last words, spoken to Father Hattie after Last Rites, were “I trust in God.” He is survived by his sister, Betty MacDonald, Antigonish; children Gail Sklapsky, Beaver Bank, Robert (Corrina Young) Glovin, Dartmouth, and Catherine (Joel) Jacobson, Halifax; grandchildren Kimberly (Karl) Fuller, Fayetteville, AR, Jason (Jessica) Jacobson, Toronto, and Debra (Ian) Mattingley, Grove, Oxfordshire, England; great grandchildren Jacob, Edan and Amelia Fuller, Fayetteville, and Olivia Patricia Mattingley, and many loving, and loved, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Pat, sisters Mary Archibald and Annie MacIsaac, and brothers John and Hugh. The family wishes to thank the staff at 5W, Veterans Memorial Building, for their kindness and compassion during Jerry’s two years of residence there. The family will welcome visitors at Atlantic Funeral Home, Bayers Road, Monday May 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday May 24 at St. Benedict Church, 45 Radcliffle Drive, Halifax. Interment will be at Oakridge Memorial Gardens, Lower Sackville. Donations in Jeremiah’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Vincent William Smith

July 26th, 1914 - May 30th, 2011

Vincent passed away gently at the age of 96, surrounded by those who love him.

Predeceased by his wife and soul mate Ruth Campbell Montgomery Smith, sister Dorothy and brothers Tom, Ted and Jack. Vincent will be forever missed by his four children, Jill (Bill), Carol (Peter), Barbara, Will (Julie), eight grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, sister Hilda (John), brother Gilbert (Margaret), many nephews and nieces, and Bonnie Jackson, his devoted partner in recent years. His family is extremely grateful to Barbara Davies, Vicky Ha, Louie Bilhete and Gary Laidlaw. Through their support, affection, and commitment Vincent was able to extend his stay in his beloved home. For the past two years, the dedicated, caring staff at St. Charles Manor enabled Vincent to continue living life to the fullest. Vincent, the second of seven children of Edwin Gilbert and Mary Cotton Smith, was born in Kitchener, Ontario. The family moved to Quebec City in 1920, where his father was the publisher of the Chronicle Telegraph, the only English language newspaper in the city at that time. Vincent received his pre-medical education at St. Francis Xavier University and earned his medical degree at Queen's University in 1939. It was while at Queen's University that he met Ruth, a spunky young biochemistry student who caught his eye and his heart. Vincent and Ruth were married in 1942 and enjoyed fifty-seven wonderful years together. Edwin Smith, upon retirement, relocated his family to Victoria, BC and Vincent followed to do his medical residency at the old St. Joseph's Hospital. His medical career was interrupted by World War II, during which he served his country as a captain in Holland and Germany. After the war, he returned to Victoria where he quickly built up his family practice. He was a very perceptive, competent physician and soon had a full practice. His patients and staff adored him equally. In the late 1950's, he established Victoria's first comprehensive medical clinic, the Doctors' Medical Clinic, on Yates Street.

The clinic was a revolutionary concept for the era as it offered the full range of services including an x-ray lab, blood and urine testing, cast room and minor surgery. He had an enduring affection for that period of his life. His was a busy life, professionally and socially. He became President of the College of Family Practice in 1970 and was awarded a fellowship in 1978. He was a charter member of the Camosun Gyro Club from 1949. He played full rounds of golf three times a week at the Victoria Golf Club until well into his late 80s. He also loved dancing, gardening, travelling, boating and playing bridge. Vincent and Ruth had a very active social life, and had a knack for forming friendships wherever they went, many of which were truly lifelong. Of all the outstanding characteristics of Vincent William Smith, he was an exemplary family man - family came first. Despite the demands of his practice he was always home for supper - he may not have been present through the entire meal but he was there at the start. Sitting down, however briefly, with his family, to listen to the tales of their day, their achievements and disappointments, was of supreme importance to him. He was immensely proud of his family.

The passing of Vincent leaves a large hole in the hearts of his family.

Please join Jill, Carol, Barb and Will for a celebration of their father's life at the Victoria Golf Club on Sunday, June 5th, noon to 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinson's Disease Society BC


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