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Rosemary Katherine Ritchie (Romi)

January 26, 1932

October 11, 2023

Rosemary Katherine Ritchie (nee Shanahan), born on January 26, 1932, sadly passed away on October 11, 2023, in Victoria. It is with great sorrow that we announce the loss of Rosemary (Romi) Ritchie. Romi had a fulfilling and vibrant life, beginning with a serendipitous blind date that led to a cherished union with Jack Ritchie, her soulmate, lasting over 56 wonderful years. Together, they raised three children: Chris (Kathleen), Steve, and Lisa (Jay Mitchner). Throughout their life journey, they crossed Canada several times, settling in different cities such as West Vancouver, Ladysmith, and eventually Victoria. Although Romi experienced the heartbreaking loss of her son Steve in 2007 and her beloved Jack in 2012, her spirit remained resilient. She found immense joy in her four grandchildren: Brandon (Thanh), Jessica (Darren), Zack, and Matthew, and she delighted in the presence of her two great grandsons, John and Damian. Romi embraced life’s moments, whether it be through her cherished outings with her walking companions, her passion for sewing, knitting, and quilting, her explorations around the world both in her youth and as a senior, marveling at the beauty of oceans, parks, and gardens, or being the esteemed matriarch at the family cabin on Keats Island. Romi will be deeply missed by many and her memory will endure as a gracious hostess, a compassionate listener, and a loyal friend. To honor Romi’s legacy, you may consider making a donation to either the Salvation Army or the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Although no formal service is planned at the moment, a celebration of Romi’s remarkable life is expected to take place in the spring.

Ritchie, Rosemary Katherine (nee Shanahan), born on January 26, 1932, breathed her last breath on October 11, 2023, in Victoria. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rosemary (Romi) Ritchie, a remarkable woman whose life was filled with a multitude of experiences. Romi’s love story began with a fortuitous blind date that introduced her to Jack Ritchie, the man who would become her beloved husband, and together, they embarked on an extraordinary journey spanning over 56 years. During this time, Romi fearlessly raised three children: Chris (Kathleen), Steve, and Lisa (Jay Mitchner), traversing the length and breadth of Canada before finally settling in West Vancouver, later moving to Ladysmith and Victoria. Despite enduring the heartbreaking losses of her son Steve in 2007 and her beloved Jack in 2012, Romi held onto her inner strength. The radiance of her life stemmed from the love she found in her four grandchildren, Brandon (Thanh), Jessica (Darren), Zack, and Matthew, whose presence brought her immense joy. Additionally, she took pride in her two great grandsons, John and Damian. Romi embraced various aspects of life, cherishing her companionship with her fellow walkers, finding solace and creative expression through her sewing, knitting, and quilting endeavors, exploring the world both in her youth and later in life, marveling at the vastness of oceans, parks, and gardens. She also played the role of an esteemed matriarch at the family cabin on Keats Island. Romi will be profoundly missed by countless individuals who found solace in her warm hospitality, sought her compassionate ear, and valued her unwavering friendship. Should you choose to honor Romi’s memory, donations to the Salvation Army or the Children’s Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. While there are currently no confirmed plans for a service, a celebration of her remarkable life is expected to take place in the upcoming spring season.

Rosemary Katherine Ritchie, previously known as Rosemary Katherine Shanahan, entered the world on January 26, 1932, and departed from it on October 11, 2023, in Victoria. Our hearts weigh heavily as we share the sorrowful news of the passing of Rosemary (Romi) Ritchie in the serene city of Victoria. Romi led a fulfilling and abundant life, which commenced with a blind date that astonishingly led to an extraordinary marriage with her lifelong partner, Jack Ritchie. Their union blossomed for over 56 vibrant years, during which they shared the joys and challenges of raising three children together: Chris (Kathleen), Steve, and Lisa (Jay Mitchner). Their nomadic life journey took them across the diverse Canadian landscape, with Romi and Jack settling in West Vancouver, Ladysmith, and eventually Victoria. Though Romi faced immense heartbreak with the loss of her son Steve in 2007 and her darling Jack in 2012, she remained steadfast. Romi found boundless happiness in the presence of her four grandchildren: Brandon (Thanh), Jessica (Darren), Zack, and Matthew. Additionally, she reveled in her role as a great grandmother to John and Damian. Romi embraced life’s intricacies, whether it be through shared adventures with her esteemed walking companions, her passion for sewing, knitting, and quilting, her explorations around the globe during her youth and retirement, where her eyes met the majestic vistas of oceans, parks, and gardens, or her role as the cherished matriarch at the family retreat on Keats Island. The void left by Romi’s departure will be deeply felt by countless souls, who will honor her memory as a warm and gracious hostess, a compassionate listener, and an unwavering friend. If you desire to contribute to Romi’s legacy, kindly consider making a donation to either the Salvation Army or the Children’s Hospital Foundation. While no service is currently planned, a celebration of Romi’s impactful life is expected to take place in the promising embrace of the forthcoming spring season.

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