We Remember

RITCHIE, John Llewellyn

January 20, 1932 — June 28, 2023

John’s Gone

The Family of, John Ritchie, sadly announce his peaceful passing, at age 91, on June 28, 2023.

John, was sadly predeceased by his loving wife, Doreen, on July 14, 2016, and his parents Rae and Ruby Beryl. John, was also predeceased by his brothers William and Kenneth, and his sisters Ellen Black (née Ritchie) and Margaret Nicholson (née Ritchie). He is survived by his adoring younger brother David (who called his brother, John, daily); his six children: Stu (Linda), Lindsay McFadden (Frank), Sandra Howe (Jim), Cathay Herron (Bob), Georgia Husby (David- predeceased), Gini (Tim- predeceased); along with 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and 11 step great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

John, was born in Kelowna, BC on January 20, 1932. He graduated from Kelowna Secondary School. John, was a competitive athlete and an avid outdoorsman. From high school basketball to provincial senior lacrosse. He enjoyed being a member of the Kelowna Racquetball Club as well as the “Nooners” Tennis Club. John, was the flawless “lob king” terror on the tennis courts at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. Where once he rode his horse across the golf course greens, apparently arriving late for a match. Many a spectator regaled to the spectacle of his antics being performed down on the courts. John loved an audience.

John’s love for the outdoors was epic: Hunting his passion shared with friends. Never a trophy hunter. Memorable time spent at the campfire of bush tent camps in the camaraderie of old friends. He loved his prairie shootings with his pointer dog, Ingemar, at his side. A cracker jack shot. His fly-fishing talents second to none, perfectly placed flies a pleasure for all to watch. Schwartz enjoyed with many a friend, or family a game of cards or sharing a wiley wager. A card shark of a bridge partner. He had the thrill of holding a “once in a lifetime” 29 hand in cribbage. It was not uncommon for Ritchie to wager on the wild and obscure. He once wagered a fiver with all takers as to which wall the fly would land on! Shaw Springs, his retreat, where all the wild rodeo horse rides started with his posse of cowboys and cowgirls. A real buckaroo!

Schwartz’s 8, granted John abundant entertainment cruising Okanagan Lake. Everyone would recognize the familiar party-central, green houseboat. Family ski weekends, in the early days, up at Big White. John, could be heard yodelling while schussing the downhill. (Really, he was actually screaming). John had a penchant for pranks. Many of us victims of his gleeful, trademark pranks. All of us left in stitches, laughing at his quick wit. He really was a remarkably funny guy! Often quoted, “Too many good stories ruined by sticking to the facts”!

John’s quick-minded intelligence mixed with his entrepreneurial spirit. These attributes were his allies in the birth of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. Combined with the brilliance and determination of brothers, Ken and David, the company of auctioneers would grow to international stature.

John, with Doreen, travelled well and extensively with family, friends, and as a couple. Always returning to their dreamy Okanagan. John, remained until the end devoted to his Kelowna. Always a visionary, he participated in this town’s growth. Joining in service and social clubs. His resourcefulness was always looked upon and appreciated by organizations, such as Gyro and the Kelowna Club. Anybody who met John immediately became a friend, many for life.

As John’s children, we loved, respected, and admired our father. Six grateful children more than thankful and appreciative for our lives and for everything Dad did for us. What a team, John and Doreen. John’s grandchildren were the focus of his lessons, learned with a sense of humour. Such as, “Praise the Lord and pass gas.” Papa and Grams, you will always be our sunshine. Now at last, you are at your final rest, John, you are now with your sunshine.

What an amazing life well lived!

There will be no service as requested by Schwartz.

In John Ritchie’s memory, there will be an
Unreserved Public Auction
April 1st
conducted at the corner of Abbott and Costello.

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