Allan Ronald Ritchey, known to all as Bud, passed away peacefully May 14th, 2007 at Vernon Hospice House after a three-year battle with cancer. Bud leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Elva; his three children: Susan (Andy) Phillips of Vernon, BC; Carey (Robin) Ritchey of Murphy, Texas; and Robin (Luis) Calao of Kelowna, BC; six Grandchildren: Samantha, Bradley, Michelle, Steven, Christopher and Tiana; and Great Grandson, Donovan. Bud also leaves four siblings: Helen of Springfield, Oregon; Lawrence of Kamloops, BC; Margaret of Chilliwack, BC; and Richard (Marjorie) of Lumby, BC; as well as many special friends and relations.
Born to Cecil and Winnifred in Kelowna, BC on September 19th, 1940, Bud spent his early years in Rutland and moved to Barrier for his teenage years. At age 18 he joined the Navy for a 5 year term. While working on the CPR in Coquitlam, he met and married his wife on May 6th, 1965. Bud worked Saw Mills in both Powell River and Pemberton, moving to Vernon in 1972 to drive a logging truck. On June 1st, 1978, Bud started working for Bell Pole where he worked in the yard, drove Pole truck in Canada and the USA, and in 1989, moved to Nakusp as a Pole Buyer. He retired in 2003 after 25 years with the company. Bud loved nature. Traveling and music were two of his passions. His travels took him across Canada, to Barbados, New York City, Western USA, China and Great Britain. Bud returned to Vernon in June 2006 and purchased his pride and joy, a 2006 Chrysler 300C, driven only by his wife and boys. People who knew him will always remember him as “Sir Bud” and he will be greatly missed. A Service will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1130 Springfield Road in Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested Memoriam Donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Vernon Hospice House. Messages and memories may be shared with the family via email at firstname.lastname@example.org