Bob, a 39-year resident of Green Valley, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, July 8, 2014.
He was born and raised in Oakland to Maria (Rossoni) and Donald Ritchey. He spent his summers in Crockett with his various aunts and uncles.
It was in Crockett that he met his wife of 57 years, Kay Bellaria.
After military service, Bob became a licensed embalmer, working for Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary in Richmond, Calif. After a short stint at the Bethleham Steel plant in Pinole, Bob began his real estate career with the newly formed Security Pacific Real Estate in Richmond. He was a very active volunteer in forming the Chamber of Commerce of Pinole.
In 1975, Bob relocated his family to Green Valley, where he opened Better Homes Realty in Vacaville and later, North Bay Realty in Fairfield. Bob remained active in real estate until his death.
He was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and the University of San Francisco. He loved music and was a talented musician playing the bass, accordion and piano. During his high school and college days, he had his own five-piece band, “The Blue Notes,” playing songs of the 1940s and ’50s. He was a devoted family man whose greatest joys were his children and especially his grandchildren. He loved reminiscing with them about the old days with family and friends. He relished in the adventures of his grandchildren . . . always so very proud of each and every one of them. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; children, Robert, Laura (Drew) Dutton, Sandra Butler, Cynthia (Jeff) Bickley, Linda (Kevin) Ratterman and David; grandchildren, Ashley Ritchey, Mark and Paul Dutton, Blake and Spencer Butler, Brittany and Courtney Bickley, Andrew, Julia and Erica Ratterman; sister, Dolores (Robert) Morrison; sister-in-law, Inez Foley; nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or Holy Spirit School, Fairfield, Calif.
A Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at Holy Spirit Church, 1050 N. Texas St. Fairfield, Calif. Burial will be at Rockville Cemetery, 4219 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, Calif.
Arrangements under the care of Fairfield Funeral Home 707-425-1041.