Alfred Maurice Ritchot
April 21, 1933 - April 13, 2021
Dad passed away suddenly in the Brandon Hospital after a brief illness surrounded by family at the young age of 87 years.
Dad was born in Guynemer and was raised with his sister Solange. His parents were Joseph Ritchot and Azilda Breland. After Azilda's passing, Joseph remarried Nora Breland, who was Dad's stepmother. Dad's grandfather Xavier was his caregiver.
Dad gained more siblings; Leonie, Lucille (Bella), Lorraine. Philip, Louis (died in infancy) and Lucien Page was considered as another brother. Dad was predeceased by his great grandson Tyler, his parents Joseph and Azilda, stepmother Nora, grandfather Xavier, infant son Joseph, sisters Solange and Leonie, brothers Louis and Lucien, brothers-in-law Jerry Frobisher, Tony Miller, Maurice Neault and George Reeder and special son-in-law Richard Perry.
Fred leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many fond memories; his wife of 68 years Alice of Ste Rose du Lac, 2 children Maurice (Valerie) of Winnipeg, Jeannette of Dauphin, 2 grandchildren Mark and Monique of Winnipeg and 2 great grandchildren Tanner and Brooke of Winnipeg, sisters Lucille of Ste Rose du Lac and Lorraine (Toby) of Cayer, brother Philip (Linda) of Ste Rose du Lac as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Dad had many jobs working for the Proulx family in Toutes Aides, for John Shankaruk, Doug Rath and Dale McPherson, for the Limestone Dam north of Gilliam as a short term reinforced iron worker and at a dam in Grand Rapids and the feedlot in Ste. Rose du Lac. He worked for Paul Verhaeghe the last several summers. Dad was a hard worker as he worked in all kinds of weather from minus 40 to plus 40, snow, rain, sleet - you name it.
Dad was well-known as a trapper which he started at a young age. He had been trapping for more than 80 years until the spring which is amazing. We believe this is what kept him healthy and strong. He excelled in this trade. Dad was quite efficient and successful in the fur sales as the pelts were high quality. He loved animals especially dogs and cats that we had on the farm.
Dad's 2 passions were sports and music. He was an avid Montreal Canadiens fan whom he has watched live in Winnipeg against the Jets. He would boast when the Canadiens won their numerous Stanley Cup championships. Dad loved old-tyme music especially old-tyme fiddle and country. Hank Williams Sr and Andy DeJarlis were his absolute favorites.
Dad has a sense of humour - he would laugh and smile, was proud of his family, stubborn, spent his money wisely, cared for Mom as she was unable to care for herself. He would do the outdoor chores on the Trois Villas grounds where they lived for 3 years. He wanted to stay busy.
Many thanks to: Brandon Hospital ICU nurses and doctors, Ste Rose Hospital nurses and Dr. O'Hagan for their care and compassion, Maurice and family for their love and support and for all of the flowers, cards and phone calls and a special thank you to Dad's coffee buddies John, Mr. Cyril Gamache and Mr. Henry Fortin at the ESSO station. Dad enjoyed his time spent with them.
Funeral Mass for Fred was celebrated on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB
Fr. Patrick Neufeld celebrated the mass. Interment will take place at a future date.
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