December 30, 1938 - November 15, 2020
Francis Edward Ritchen, of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 15, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 06, 2020 at Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street, 12:30 p.m. Interment, Columbarium. Francis, more commonly known as “Ed”, was born December 30, 1938 in New York City, son of the late Catherine Cullen and Ralph Ritchen. He was a graduate of Ithaca College and Long Island University and after his service in the United States Air Force, he was married to Theresa, and spent 30 years teaching music education in the West Islip, NY Public School District and afterward retired and relocated to Charleston, S.C. While in New York, Ed served as a lab technician at Good Samaritan Hospital and was a member of the West Islip Teachers Association, New York State Teachers’s Association, New York Oratorio Society, Riverside Church Choir, Collegiate Choral, St. Gregory Parish Choir and Who’s Who Among American Teachers. After becoming a member of Grace Episcopal Church of Charleston in 1993, Ed started and taught music for 7 years in the Instrumental Program for the Charleston County School of the Arts and conducted the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra from 1993-99. He was a regular volunteer at Roper Hospital and also was a member of the Charleston Symphony Chorus and Charleston Men’s Chorus. Ed’s legacy of community service and involvement, together with his love of teaching and guiding young students will live on for years to come. He is survived by his son, William Ritchen (Luann) of Fairfax, CA; daughter, Barbara Berube (David) of Wando, SC; three grandchildren: Catherine, Timothy (Amanda) and Sarah; and three greatgrandchildren: Caden, Noah and Jonathon. Memorials may be made to the Terry and Ed Ritchen Memorial Scholarship Fund, Grace Cathedral Church, 98 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Arrangements by Charleston Cremation Center and Funeral Home.
Francis Edward Ritchen, of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 15, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 06, 2020 at Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street, 12:30 p.m. Interment, Columbarium.... View Obituary & Service Information
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