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Capt. Cecil Ritcey

Capt. Cecil Hugh Lemuel Ritcey

Tuesday, September 13th, 1921 - Friday, April 12th, 2019
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It is with great sadness that the family of the late Capt. Cecil Hugh Lemuel Ritcey, 97, of Riverport announces his passing on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Veteran’s Unit of the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg.

Born in Riverport, he was the son of the late Capt. Lemuel and Maude (Heckman) Ritcey.

Cecil received his earlier education at the Riverport Community School and at the age of 14 he started delivering supplies at his uncle’s store, Ritcey Bros. He started his seagoing career in 1940 with his father aboard the Coaster MV Vanheim and in 1942 he joined the War with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Marine Section serving until his discharge as Sergeant in December of 1945.

After the War, in 1946 he went to work with Imperial Oil and his Master Mariner’s career would take him all around the world on various Oil Tankers for Imperial Oil retiring in 1978 as Captain of the super tanker, Imperial Ottawa. He returned to shore where Cecil worked as Safety Pollution Inspection Officer from 1978 till 1986.

Active within his community of Riverport, Cecil was a faithful member of Trinity United Church, Rose Bay where he served on the Board of Stewards, sang in the church choir and supported the work of the church. He was a member of the Riverport Board of Trade, Shepherd’s Hill Cemetery Committee, The Riverport Community Centre; Past Noble Grand and member for over 75 years of the Confidence Lodge # 106 of the IOOF, Riverport and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 23, Lunenburg.

Although his life was an active one, he always had time for his family who he cherished greatly and will be sorely missed by so many wonderful friends.

Cecil is survived by his daughter, Karen (Brian) Lowery, Hatchet Lake; sons, Hugh Ritcey, Toronto, Tom (Sherry) Ritcey, Garden Lots, Bert (Jacqueline Malboeuf) Ritcey, Ottawa, step-daughter, Judy (Al) Allen Charlottetown, and step-son, Robert (Anne) Spindler, Halifax, 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Cecil was predeceased by his first wife, Doris, his 2nd wife, Phyllis, sisters, Evelyn, Melba, Rita, Mona, brother, Maxwell and grand-daughter, Patty.

Friends are invited to share their memories of Cecil with his family on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 23 will hold a legion tribute at 6:45 prior to visitation. Funeral Service to celebrate Cecil’s life will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church, Rose Bay, Rev. Heather Ferrier, officiating. Interment will be in Shepherd’s Hill Cemetery, Riverport.

Flowers from the immediate family only, memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Church, the Riverport Community Centre or to the Veteran’s Unit of the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg.

The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and all the staff at the Veteran’s Unit, Lunenburg for their compassionate care of Cecil while he was a resident at the Veteran’s Unit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home
    11213 Hwy. # 3
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    Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 23, Lunenburg will hold a legion tribute at the funeral home on Tuesday 6:45 p.m.
  • Service

    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 2:00pm
    Trinity United Church, Rose Bay
    ROSE BAY, NS B0J 2W0
    Rev. Heather Ferrier
  • Interment

    Shepherd's Hill Cemetery
  • Reception

    Riverport Community Center


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Private Condolence

Earle Wagner

Posted at 03:13pm
The Ritcey Family:

I was very saddened to read of your dad's passing. We were shipmates on the Owyee in January 1948 and remained friends since then, and visited him last November 11th, 2018 with my son Barry and his wife.
Over the years we met at various meetings and visited each other when I resided in West La Have. I remember sending congratulations from USA when Cecil and Doris were married, which they received just after the wedding.
There are only a few persons we recognize as true and loyal friends, your dad was one of them to me.
On behalf of my lady friend Vivian Sponagle please accept our sincere and deepest sympathy in your great loss. He will be missed by many.
Capt. Earle Wagner

M. Cecilia Webb

Posted at 03:12pm
My most sincere condolences to Cecil Ritcey's family. He was a delightful man - engaging and so interesting.

Ron Frampton

Posted at 08:00am
To the family and friends of Cecil: It dampens my zest for living to realize that Cecil's body has died. So I share your grief. Cecil was the epitome of the best (the glory) of twentieth century Riverport. Its ambiance was infused into his character. Captain Ritcey was a proverbial 'straight arrow' and a 'straight shooter'. “May his memory be for blessing” (i.e. “of blessed memory”).

Liz Ritcey Bush

Posted at 07:31pm
Dear Hughie, Bert, Tommy, Karen and families.....So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I saw him on a few occasions when he was in the Vet Unit. He was always a very nice man....good childhood memories...

Peggy Weatherby-Bonnyman

Posted at 07:48am
To The Family
Cecil accomplished many things in his life, I'm sure you all are very proud of him. John was so pleased when he showed for Isabel's 100th. Take Care PEGGY

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