Obituaries

Steven G. Ritchie

May 13th, 2014

Steven G. Ritchie, age 51, of Lawrence, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on May 12, 2014, at the Portsmouth Hospital in Portsmouth, NH.

Steven was born on April 4, 1963, in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Charles and Phyllis (Martell) Ritchie.  Steven was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1981.

At the time of his death, Steven was employed at the Northern Business Machines Company.

Steven married his high school sweetheart Patricia Barysky on August 31, 1985 and together they raised three wonderful sons.  Steven loved being a dad; he enjoyed hanging out with “his boys”, working on projects together, fixing cars, and following every Boston sport.  Steven was an avid Red Sox fan but he loved to collect sports memorabilia from all of his favorite Boston teams.

Steven cherished the time he spent with his family and friends; whether it was a trip to the beach, kayaking, fishing, or going to a club dancing, everyone was in for a good time with Steven there.

Steven was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and uncle who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Steven was the beloved husband of Patricia M. (Barysky) Ritchie, devoted father of Peter, Patrick, and Philip Ritchie all of Lawrence, cherished son of the late Charles and Phyllis (Martell) Ritchie, dear brother of Paul Ritchie & his wife Susan of Wilmington, NC, Janice Taylor & her husband Barry of Lowell, and Beth Pidgeon & her husband Colonel Robert  Pidgeon of Leland, NC, son-in-law of Mary and the late Peter Barysky of Wilmington, grandson-in-law of Josephine Castronovo of North Reading, brother-in-law of Marie & Bill Mason of Wilmington, Deborah& Charlie Moussalem of Methuen.  Steven is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 15th from 5-8 p.m.

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22 Entries in Guest Book for “Steven G. Ritchie”

  1. Mary Barry Emerick says:

    Patty, Peter, Patrick, Philip…Paul, Janice & Bethy,
    We have another angel in heaven…
    My Bobby will take good care of Steven…
    They are together again…

    “Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there… I do not sleep. I am the thousand winds that blow… I am the diamond glints on snow… I am the sunlight on ripened grain… I am the gentle autumn rain. When you waken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of gentle birds in circling flight… I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry— I am not there… I did not die…”
    An Irish prayer…

  2. rosanne brown says:

    Dear Patricia,
    My prayers go out for you and your family. May the Spirit of our Lord and Savior comfort you and the love of The Father console you.
    Rosanne Brown

  3. Bernie McNally says:

    Dear Patty,
    I am so sorry. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your children.
    Bernie McNally

  4. Patty Wayman-Fone says:

    My deepest sympathy to you Pat, Peter, Patrick and Phillip.
    I’m so sorry for your loss..

    Patty, Stan, Brittany and Matthew
    (Wayman) Fone

  5. Judy Page says:

    I was so sorry to hear of your sudden loss of your husband. My prayers are with you and all the family of Steven. God is with you in this time of sorrow.
    Judy ( MHS )

  6. Billy & Angel says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss our hearts and prayers go out too you and your families.

  7. Lisa & Greg Hobbs says:

    Patricia, Peter, Patrick, Philip, We are all so sorry about your loss, you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Lisa, Greg & Troy

  8. Marilyn Thackeray says:

    Patty, My heartfelt condolences go out to you and the boys! It’s so difficult to lose the person you love so suddenly! May you always cherish the years you had together! I have many memories of Steven; from childhood days in the neighborhood to conversations he and I had at Janice’s in the past few years! Please know that I am thinking of you all!
    Love, Marilyn

  9. david george says:

    I juest saw him on saterday he will be missed he was a nice man

  10. Leanne and Jeff Cummings says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family at this most difficult time. I remember Steven as a child growing up on Kelley Road in Wilmington. We last saw him at Beth’s 50th birthday and had an awesome time that night with him. He will be missed by all of us.

  11. Cheryl & Fred Magnant says:

    Pat our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. We are so sorry for you loss..

  12. SUSAN HOEHN says:

    Pat I can’t imagine what you are going through at this very moment. I am deeply sorry for the sudden loss of your husband. May God watch over you, Peter, Philip and Patrick. I am sure that Steve will be with him and one day you will meet again. My prayers are with you. Love you all, Susan Hoehn.

  13. kathy coraccio says:

    Pat ,patrick,phillip and peter my heart is aching for your loss.. heaven has gained an angel..may god grant you peace in your time of sorrow. Love you

  14. Scheran Cox says:

    Dear Patricia, My heart goes out to you and your boys. I can only imagine the pain, shock, and loss you are feeling. I know that God is by your side and He will give you His Comfort, Strength and Wisdom for all of you. My prayers are with all of you that you will find His Comfort and Peace in His time for each of you. God Bless you all, Scheran

  15. DONNA Villers says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, my heart is breaking for your and your boys, I will be praying you as well ,may The Lord be with in this time and always ! Love you guys

  16. Sheila Parker says:

    Sweet Patricia,

    Heartfelt condolences, angel, to you and your boys. Sending loving energy to you. Big squeeze and a deafening kiss on your left cheek.

    Remember, it’s not forever, you know that; you will see him again one day.

    Loving thoughts and prayers,
    Sheila

  17. Sean says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I was at the beach with your family on Monday. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Loving thoughts.

  18. Peter and Michelle LaGrassa says:

    Hi Patty and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this terrible time.

    XXOO Cousin Peter

  19. Heather Palomo says:

    Patricia,
    I am so sorry, no words will ease your pain during this heartwrenching time, but I want you to know I am here for you, anyday and anytime for anything. You have so many people that love you, please reach out to them. We all love you!

  20. Susan Scanlon Carter says:

    Dear Patty: I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. I am just so sorry!

  21. Douglas & Joann Boone says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and pray that your family, friends, and cherished memories will sustain you. Always, Doug & Joann Boone

  22. Beth Ritchie Pidgeon says:

    Dear Patty, Peter, Patrick and Philip,
    Now that a few days have passed..and losing Steven becomes a reality, you realize that tomorrows keep coming. May all those tomorrows bring you even closer together and eventually bring you more smiles of happy memories than tears of sadness. Love to you all during this very difficult time in our lives..

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