C. Douglas Ritchie -
May 10, 1921 - January 20, 2012


as per email from Email from Paul Moore

From one Paul to another .....

My uncle Harold B. Moore was one of those who went down with REGINA when she was torpedoed in August 1944. Years later I inherited his photo album before my grandmother's death.
Since then I've always had an interest in corvettes.
Recently, I was in contact with an old girlfriend from the 60's ... and I recalled that, in the day, seeing her late father's photo album and in it were a series of pictures taken during WW II of a ship in dry dock with a bloody great hole in the stern. I didn't know until a few years ago that her father was in the Navy and had survived a sinking ... from which those old photos emanate. So, when I talked with her on the phone recently, I asked about those photos, and what ship her father had been on. She said her father was reluctant to talk about it and, consequently, she and her sisters/family never pressed the point. He died a couple of years back and the obituary for C. Douglas Ritchie states that he survived the sinking of his ship in October, 1944. So, I believe his ship was Magog. Perhaps, if you have a record of the crew @ that time, you can confirm if indeed he was a member of MAGOG's crew.

I'm primarily a collector of photos of RCN aircraft over the years, and, as a result of having contributed to a few books that have been published, I did manage to acquire  colour photos of REGINA ... so, now, I'm looking for same of MAGOG. If  my friends come through, I'll forward to you. Thanks in advance for any help you're able to give.


Cheers

Paul Moore
Dartmouth, N.S.

 

I was able to find the obituary notice below. If anyone can confirm he was a crew member I will add him to the crew list. Paul Hock
 
 
In Memory of

C. Douglas Ritchie

 

 
May 10, 1921 - January 20, 2012
Obituary

 
Ritchie, Charles Douglas "Doug" - 90 of Dartmouth passed away in the Dartmouth General Hospital January 20, 2012, with his daughter Rev. Nancy Ritchie at his bedside. Doug was a son of the late Allen and Lila (Hutt) Ritchie. He was a resident of Dartmouth his entire life, he grew up in Woodside . From school he worked at Fairey Aviation in Eastern Passage, then a period in the Merchant Marine. Doug entered the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942, serving in Shelburne, Halifax, Sydney and Newfoundland on overseas convoy duty. He survived being torpedoed in October 1944. After a time working at Halifax Shipyards and D.A. Cummings he started his own business of heating and contracting. Doug operated Doug's Sheet Metal for thirty years. He was a staunch supporter of the Conservative Party. He was a bowler and bowled in several leagues. He was a member of the United Church of Canada, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star # 51 and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Somme Branch # 31, Dartmouth. After serving ten years on the Dartmouth City Council, he sat on the boards of Housing Commission, Liquor License Board and twenty nine years on the Oakwood Terrace Nursing Home Board as Vice Chairman. Doug is survived by his wife of 69 years Hazel (Holden) Ritchie and three daughters, Louise (Jack) Hallett, Dartmouth, their family, Jennifer, Gerald, Scott (Tara) Tanton, Sherri (Bill) Harris, and Allan Hallett both of Shelburne Co., Joyce Chevalier (Rod Hall) Stewiacke. Rev. Nancy Ritchie, Merrickville, Ont., her family Ian, Vancouver, Joel (Sheryl) Dauphinee, Windsor, great grandchildren, David , Benjamin and Nathaniel Tanton, Taylor, Lana, Logan, Chelsea, Dauphinee, Jared and Taylor Hallett, Jacki and Jordan Harris, also survived by three sisters, Kay Love, Colorado, Mary (Clyde) Faulkner, Ethel Lowe, both of California. Three sister in law, Shirley Ritchie, Halifax, Jean Clarke, Kingston, Catherine Holden, Jordon Falls Nova Scotia, numerous nephews and nieces, extended family and friends. Doug was predeceased by sister Frances Owen, Marg McNeil, brothers Cecil, Robert (Bob), Harold, and Clifford Ritchie. Please join family and friends for a memorial service to celebrate & honour Doug's life on April 14th at 2:00pm at the Forest Hills United Church with Rev. Sarah Reaburn officiating. The Royal Canadian Legion - Somme Branch and the Masonic Lodge - Eastern Star No. 51 will be conducting Remembrance services at this time. A reception will follow in the church hall. Donation in memory of Doug can be made to Diabetic Society, Forrest Hills United Church or a charity of personal choice. To leave a condolence for the family please visit: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com

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