ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joseph Perry Ritchie. 

Memorial Service to be held at Christ Episcopal Church 
Saturday, June 12, 2021 ~ 11am
4030 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Joseph Perry, son of Dorris J. Ritchie and Felmay Bergeron (both deceased), was born in Amarillo, Texas. As a young man he joined the Navy and served as a Machinist Mate for six years after which he became a resident of Sarasota, Florida.  He began his civilian career at the US Postal Service and subsequently owned and operated several businesses in the mechanical, landscaping and agricultural industries. He then chose a career in Real Estate as a broker and property manager.  He later retired in Bradenton and continued to enjoy his passions which included: fishing, boating, chess, gardening and mechanical “projects”.  He graciously volunteered his time and expertise to help family, friends and neighbors. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church. He was a devoted father and cherished the time he spent with his family, children and grandchildren. His unwavering strength and courageous spirit endures.

Joseph’s beloved siblings include: Larry, Doris, Delores, Charlotte (deceased), Eugene, Leroy, Sudie and Truda.

Joseph’s adoring family includes: Wife of 38 years, Carolyn. Children: Anthony (Debra) Ritchie, Glen (Stacy) Fosness, Trina (Stephen) Dremel, Douglas (Justine) Ritchie, Teresa (Shawn) Hencye and Cynthia (Jay) Ritchie.  Grandchildren: Tara Ritchie, Lauren Ritchie, Erin and Drew Hencye, Kendall and Megan Fosness and Klara, Paxton and Leif Dremel. 

He will forever be cherished and remembered by his family and all those whose lives he touched.


Donations in his honor may be made to:

The Gary Sinise Foundation - We serve our Nation by honoring our Defenders, Veterans, First Responders, their families and those in need. https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/


Friends of the Everglades - Mission to preserve, protect, and restore the only Everglades in the world. https://www.everglades.org/


Christ Episcopal Church of Bradenton - Beloved Church Community
4030 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton Fl 34205
https://christchurchswfla.org/



Don’t think of me as gone away

My journey’s just begun, 

Life holds so many facets

This earth is only one.

Just think of me as resting

From the sorrow and the tears

In a place of warmth and comfort

Where there are no days or years.

Please know that I am wishing

for you to know this day,

How nothing but our sadness

Can really pass away.

And think of me as living 

In the hearts of those I touched…

For nothing loved is ever lost

And I was loved so much.


Posted by Howard Sicilian on June 3, 2021
Joe was always such a great dad. I met him through my best friend Ron Freedman who lived next door. Always a pleasure talking with Joe.
He will be missed but never forgotten. May you dance with the Angels and unite with Jesus and family and friends.
Posted by Vinay Gopinath on June 3, 2021
It was my pleasure to meet Joe years ago when I moved in next door to him, with Ron and Sue. I could always find him in the garage playing around with something or fixing something for someone. I always enjoyed our long conversations, and the knowledge and advice he had to give me on everything in life. We all will always miss you, hope you get to meet Ron up in heaven and catch up.
Posted by Art Stadlin on June 3, 2021
Joe, I will treasure the times we spent playing chess. You usually won and you shared your insights. Also, it was a treat to partner with you in our volunteer duties at church. Your sense of humor was a blessing and will be missed by all. May you rest in peace.

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Posted by Howard Sicilian on June 3, 2021
Joe was always such a great dad. I met him through my best friend Ron Freedman who lived next door. Always a pleasure talking with Joe.
He will be missed but never forgotten. May you dance with the Angels and unite with Jesus and family and friends.
Posted by Vinay Gopinath on June 3, 2021
It was my pleasure to meet Joe years ago when I moved in next door to him, with Ron and Sue. I could always find him in the garage playing around with something or fixing something for someone. I always enjoyed our long conversations, and the knowledge and advice he had to give me on everything in life. We all will always miss you, hope you get to meet Ron up in heaven and catch up.
Posted by Art Stadlin on June 3, 2021
Joe, I will treasure the times we spent playing chess. You usually won and you shared your insights. Also, it was a treat to partner with you in our volunteer duties at church. Your sense of humor was a blessing and will be missed by all. May you rest in peace.
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Shared by Jennifer Haas-Lesczak on June 8, 2021
I met Joe when I become friends with Trina in middle school. I remember him in those days to be such a warm and friendly man,who always made me feel welcome in their home where I spent numerous days and nights having sleepovers with Trina and McKenzie. He was always talkative and chatty with us girls back then. Thank you, Joe for being so kind to me then and many years later at Trina’s wedding. I remember him dancing and have a grand time. He was funny, thoughtful and such a good, good man. Sending comforting thoughts to Carolyn, Trina, Cyndi, Teresa, Glen, Douglass, and Joe’s family everywhere.