Thomas Ritchie

Thomas Ritchie

Thursday January 11, 1940 - Friday September 20, 2019
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Thomas Ritchie age 79, of Mantua passed away on Friday surrounded by his family on September 20, 2019 at home. Born in Camden to the late Thomas Richard Ritchie and Charlotte Pearl (Griffith), he resided in Mantua since 1963. Tom retired from working as a Dental Repair Technician and in his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, working around the house, trips to the hardware stores, and eating meals. Most of all he loved his family and adored his grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine (nee Reilley); children, Donna Ritchie, Thomas Ritchie, Andrea Ritchie and Trina Ritchie; grandchildren, Brandy (Beecher) Upham, Kyle Upham, Brooke Lynn Ritchie, Brian Ritchie, Jessica Groff, Stephen Burns, Brittany Whittles, Jessica (Schappert) Ramstead, Heath Ramstead; great grandchildren, Breanna, Baretta, Neveah, Aidan, Landon, Brian Jr., Skylar, Hailey, Gemma, Caitlyn, Gracey, Heath Jr., Lexi and Gregory; and siblings, Charles, Theras, Cassy, David, Joey, Vince, Patricia, Billy, John and Michael. Tom was predeceased by sister Mary Ann.

Family and Friends may visit from 10 AM to 12 PM on Wednesday, September 25th at Smith Funeral Home, 47 Main Street, Mantua where a funeral service will be held at 12 PM. Burial will follow in Wenonah Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday September 25, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    47 Main Street
    Mantua, NJ 08051
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  • Service

    Wednesday September 25, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday September 25, 2019 12:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    47 Main Street
    Mantua, NJ 08051
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    Rev. Neil Murphy
  • Interment

    Wenonah Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Mantua, NJ 08051
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Patricia (Ritchie) Parker

Posted at 09:26pm
You always knew that when you went to visit it would involve cake, doughnuts, or pie of some sort. My brother was always cracking jokes. Tommy will be definitely missed by all who’s life he touched.

Pat, Lisa, Brook & Tommy

Posted at 09:29am
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Pat, Lisa, Brook & Tommy purchased the Dreams from the Heart Bouquet for the family of Thomas Ritchie.


Stacy Kessler (nee Ritchie)

Posted at 07:41pm
"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us" (Helen Keller).
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Stacy Kessler (nee Ritchie) purchased flowers for the family of Thomas Ritchie.


James Robert Weaver Jr.

Posted at 04:15pm
On Friday morning, September 20th of 2019, I lost one of my favorite and most looked up to people in my life. Uncle Tom was not only kind and polite but funny and caring and chock FULL of different and alternative roads and streets to take. If you ever asked him for directions you know FOR WELL what I'm talking about, he knew the roads like the back of his hand. He was a strong role model for me growing up without a father, he and his wife would often stopover. We'd all gather around the hoagies or all have tea/coffee and cake or donuts. He was always in a gleeful mood and made me want to go out and chat with him during every visit. He showed me one of the most important things in life that was to always have fun in everything you do, no matter what the situation. Do what was comfortable to you, and no more. I say this because as a kid and especially now as an adult and writing this while thinking about him...He taught me that people live on in the memories of their children and their children's children and of course relatives like me. Though that we all live and die...we have fun while we're here. Never did I ever hear a bad word, attitude or temper come from him. He was a delightful person to be around and I will miss him dearly but I won't forget what he taught me. I hope wherever we end up when we die that he's having a good FUN time waving down at us smiling and waiting for all of us to join him.

- James Robert Weaver Jr.

Jessica Ramstead Posted at 08:12pm

This was beautiful, just like his soul. 💌💕

Trina Schappert Posted at 09:19am

I couldn't have said it better...

Mary & Mark Upham and Family

Posted at 04:07pm
Our deepest sympathies and much love to the Ritchie Family.
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Mary & Mark Upham and Family purchased flowers for the family of Thomas Ritchie.


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