We announce the passing of a great husband, father, grand (great) father, Alex Ritson.
Alex was born on March 7, 1922 in Peace River Crossing, Alberta. The family moved to B.C. in 1937.
Alex’s budding hockey career took off at 18. He saw action in Salmon Arm, Vancouver Jr. Lions, etc… During his first year of pro he joined the Tulsa Oilers, Detroit Red Wings who sent him to Washington Lions, Prov. Reds and Indiannapolis for seasoning. At 21 he reported bullet like shots and was drafted by the New York Rangers. His hockey career continued with the likes of Gordie Howe who was considered a friend.
In 1941 Alex moved to Victoria, where he met and married the love of his life, Barbara (Meldram). They were married in Victoria in 1950. They just celebrated their 58th anniversary.
Due to hockey, they eventually moved to Vernon in 1950 and to Quesnel in 1952. Alex was then employed with Weldwood, eventually becoming general foreman. Hockey continued with him playing for the Kangaroos, then coaching until 1964. Hockey was another great love of his life, as was fishing and hunting.
His family was first and foremost and was the best father you could hope for according to his children Craig (Ritson) and Donna (Tansky). He and Barbara retired to Penticton in 1990 and returned to Quesnel in December 2007 to be closer to family again.
Alex passed away quietly July 18 with family by his side.
Bye Poppa for now, we’ll have you in our hearts, until we see you again.
Alex is survived by loving wife Barbara, daughter Donna (Steve) Tansky, Craig (Ingrid) Ritson, grandchildren Stephanie, Jennifer, Kirstin and Brett, great grandchildren Aura, Brandon and Gracie, brother Don (Marion) Ritson, nephews Brent and Dean Ritson.
A celebration of life will take place August 9 from 1:00 to 3:30 at the Legion Hall. All friends are welcome.