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RITCHEY, Roland Elwyn “Rolly”

July 31, 1930 — September 19, 2014

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved Rolly. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce, daughter Laurene (Tom Hardy) and son Darcy (Anita). Rolly was adored by his grandchildren Curt (Sharlene), Alexi Griffin Venneri (Dave), Ted Griffin (Angela), Darci and Alana. He is loved and missed by great grandchildren Logan, Lucas, Chelsea, Dryden, Ronin and Griffin. He is remembered by his brother Carl (Roberta), John (Glee) and sister-in-law Claire. He is predeceased by parents Elwyn and Annabelle; sisters Hazel and Marla; and brothers Don and Joe. Rolly is fondly remembered by his best friend Fergie, honorary “son” Richard Langevin, and faithful dachshund Janie. Our family gives heartfelt thanks to Doctors Shepherd, McCauley, Wageman, and Kettner; Todd Gale, Community Care and Hospice House nursing staff; and Cooper Road Save on Foods Pharmacy staff. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Lung Association, Okanagan Central Small Dog Rescue Society or Inn From the Cold. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences” or visit www.forevermissed.com/roland-ritchey for more information.



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  • Janneke Smith says:

    My condolences to you Joyce and your family as you mourn the loss of Rolly. Pray that God will give you comfort and strength. Janneke

  • Jo showalter says:

    Dear Joyce and Family, so sorry to hear about your loss, hope to spend time with you later love Jo

  • Karen and Landon Ritchey says:

    We sure will miss Uncle Rolly! We loved and admired him very much. xoxo

  • Lois Gilbert says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Rolly. Our thoughts are with you and your family Joyce. Love Lois & Bruce & Jessie.

  • Michelle Wiebe says:

    I was fortunate to have met Rolly as a patient with the lab, sorry to hear of his passing such an amazing person, my thoughts are with you Joyce and of course Janie, family and friends during this difficult time.

  • Glen Ferguson says:

    Rolly You were my best friend for over fifty years as was your family.Your suffering is over and you will rest in peace and I will continue to keep in touch with your loving wife Joyce and will still be your best friend until we meet again I love you and rest in peace Fergie

  • Bobbie & Bruce Currie says:

    Dear Laurene & Tom,

    We were very saddened to hear of the loss of your Dad, Laurene. Remember all your wonderful times together and keep them close to your heart.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bobbie and Bruce

  • Ilene & Tracy Myers says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Richard A. Langevin says:

    Dear Joyce, Laurene and Darcy,
    On golden wings the angels soar … watching us forevermore.
    From their viewpoint in the air … now a better place than had been there.

    On golden wings the angels fly … shooting stars across the sky.
    Life’s burdens now around their feet … we’ll meet them there when our life’s complete.

    On golden wings, the angels rise … leaving their suffering far behind.
    Living forever in our soul … they’re still here, just invisible, you know.

  • Bobby Jo & Gabriella says:

    Aunty Lo Lo and Mrs Joyce:
    Our family was so saddened to learn of Rolly’s passing. We will always remember the tree of Rollo. We will always remember his smiling warm face. We will always remember our “Rollo” Our whole hearts are with you!

  • Anita and Darci Janel says:

    Dear Nanny and Auntie Laurene

    Grandpa couldn’t have had better loving care than you two gave him over the last few years. You did all the right things and were there for him 24/7. We will miss him greatly but we are happy he is with the angels and is no longer suffering. We are here for you any time with broad shoulders for you to lean on.

    We love you very much.

    Darci Janel and Anita

  • Bobby Jo & Gabriella says:

    Mrs Joyce and Aunty Lo Lo
    Our family is so sorry to hear of the passing of dear Rolly. We will miss our visits with his smiling warm personality. Gabriella and I looked forward to seeing the tree of “Rollo” each year knowing he was so proud of it! Please know we are here for you and you are in our hearts and thoughts during this most difficult time. We are sending you our love. XXOO

  • Ethel Chambers says:

    I am thinking of you, Laurene and Darcy at this difficult time. Remembering all of you with fondness.

  • Bill Yuros says:

    Dear Joyce and family,
    My condolences to you and your family on the passing of Roland. I have many memories of our academy days. He was so easy to get along with. I know he will be missed by all his friends and extended family. God bless. Bill and Jean Yuros

  • Sylvia Zorn says:

    Sorry to hear about Rolly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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