The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW)
Wednesday 2 September 1914
Death of John Ritchie.
We regret to have to. record the death;
of an estimable citizen, Mr. John Ritchie,
who died at his residence,' 'Bingham,' In
the early hours of Saturday morning: The
deceased gentleman, who, had been a resi
dent of Parramatta. for the past 'fifteen
years, had a severe heart attack some
months or so back, and after pulling
through it was thought that there was
some hope of recovery; but on Saturday
morning another attack came on, and at 5
a.m. he succumbed. Mr Ritchie who' was
in his seventy-second year, was born in
Paisley, Scotland, and came to Australia
when he was 11 years of age. In the early
days he saw a good deal of this country,
but after some years of country life he
settled in Sydney, where he carried on a
wood, coal and wattle bark business, which
proved very remunerative. About 26 years
ago he retired from business , on a com-
petence. He was well known in Sydney
commercial circles also in the tannery
trade. He leaves a widow and four child
ren—all married— Mr. John McA. Ritchie,
well known as the late secretary of C.C.E.
Cricket Club; Mrs. J. L. Tillotson, of Bid
ston Court, near Blrkenhead (Mr Tillotson
is a director of the flrm of 'Messrs'.
Lever Bros., Ltd.) ; Mrs. G. Wood, of Ade
laide; Mrs. W. Alexander, of Ayrshire;.
Scotland. Mr. Ritchie was not widely
known to the citlzens of Parramatta, but
he took a kindly interest in all that stood
for its progress, and was always ready to
lend his aid to any forward movement.
Mrs. Ritchie is a daughtor of Mr. Thomas
Alston, who built old Pyrmont Bridge.
The funeral of the deceased gentleman
took place on Monday afternoon. Amongst
the mourners we noticed Mr. John Ritchie
(son of deceased), Mr. G. Wood (son in
law), Mr. Donald Shude (brother-in-law),
Mr. John Perry, M.L.A. (brother-in-law);
Messrs. D. Shude, jun., T. Shude, A. Shude,
T. Alston and J. R. Ash (nephews), the
Rev. John Paterson (officiating minister),
Dr. Phipps Waugh, Messrs. J. W. Perry,
W. F. Jago, J.-W. -Hill, D. D. Hendorson.'
L. W. Pye, S. Davies' (town clerk), W. M.
Cox (town engineer, G. Rigg, S. M. Dennis,
J, T. Dennis, A. Barton, Irons, George
Rltchla,- Clyde Ritchie, J, C. ,H. Mingaye,
Meek, J.- A. Millett,' A. ? Spain, -BarrsV
Harry Budge, Dawson; A. L. McCredie, W. ,
Cawdell, H. 'Scott; H. W.'Shephard', W.'l?.
A. Larcombe, J. II. Palmer, A. .'Mitchell,
H. AC S. Boyd, UV Marshall,. A. West, Tl:R.
Stoele, Gavin Steele, H; Dodd,, C. Smith,
W. Miller, E.: J. Brown, II. ? Blackwood,
John AVoods, J. Woods, W. R. Rees, . Ray-
mond -R. Rowo, L. Watt, F. Coogan, J.
Cranston, H. Young, J. T. Burrows,- W.;
Winn and many others.