RITZ Er­win “Curly”

De­cem­ber 13, 1933 - Septem­ber 1, 2016

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Your wings were ready, but our hearts were not, when God called you home Thurs­day, Septem­ber 1, 2016. Curly spent one an­niver­sary with­out his love, and on what would have been mom and dad’s 55th wed­ding an­niver­sary dad took his last breath and said good­bye to us but hello again to the love of his life Mary. Er­win was born De­cem­ber 13, 1933 in Leader, Saskatchewan to Wil­helm and Hulda Ritz. Er­win was the youngest of ten chil­dren and joked that the rea­son he didn’t have a mid­dle name was they ran out by the time his par­ents got to him. Er­win was pre­de­ceased by the love of his life just 14 short months ago, Mary. Also beat­ing him to heaven were his fa­ther Wil­helm, mother Hulda, sis­ter Emma, brother Al­bert, sis­ter Rosie, brother Ru­dolph, sis­ter Hilda, brother Hugo, brother Hel­muth, and sis­ter Alice. After leav­ing school Curly took a job with McLeods and trav­elled all across western Canada. He al­ways had such an out­go­ing per­son­al­ity he de­cided to trade in his trav­el­ling shoes to start a ca­reer as a ra­dio per­son­al­ity for CKDM, in Dauphin, Man­i­toba. It was there, shortly after his ar­rival, that he met the love of his life and the woman he stayed com­mit­ted to for 55 years, his wife Mary. Mom and dad dated only a short while be­fore dad pro­posed, and they were mar­ried Septem­ber 1, 1961, in Dauphin, Man. With­out wast­ing time, 10 months later, they wel­comed their first son Faron Mur­ray Ritz. The young fam­ily soon moved on to Portage la Prairie, Man­i­toba where dad worked for CFRY, and they had their sec­ond son Leon Rae Ritz. Curly than took a po­si­tion at CKRD ra­dio in Red Deer, Al­berta which saw the fam­ily move there in 1966. With the lure of en­trepreneur­ship the fam­ily then moved to Medicine Hat in 1970 where dad and mom be­gan to run the Mr. Dairy Burger Bar. Shortly after mom and dad had their youngest child a daugh­ter Ta­mala Michelle Ritz. Curly then also took a po­si­tion with the lo­cal coun­try ra­dio sta­tion CHAT where he took over the morn­ing show. He also be­gan do­ing the in house an­nounc­ing for the WCHL Medicine Hat Tigers. Curly went on to work for CHAT ra­dio for 19 years, be­fore mov­ing over to the al­ter­nate ra­dio sta­tion in Medicine Hat CJCY. As Curlys’ chil­dren grew and moved out he and Mary de­cided to move closer to her sib­lings and fa­ther in Kelowna, Bri­tish Columbia in 1991. They en­joyed their time in the beau­ti­ful Okana­gan Val­ley how­ever after re­tir­ing the pull of their grand­chil­dren brought them back to Al­berta 1996. They briefly lived in Cal­gary but moved on to Ir­ri­cana where they lived un­til 2015. Dad had an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer in ra­dio which gave him the op­por­tu­nity to meet most of coun­try mu­sic’s big­gest artists. He was al­ways happy to share some amaz­ing sto­ries about some coun­try mu­sic artist he had met along the way. Dad loved the old time coun­try mu­sic and was in a num­ber of bands all through­out his life and was still singing and jam­ming with friends right up to his pass­ing. Curly was al­ways a com­mu­nity minded man and be­longed to the Ro­tary, Ki­wa­nis and Elks clubs in Medicine Hat for a num­ber of years. Dad reached the pin­na­cle sta­tus of grand ex­alted ruler in the Elks club, and later went on to join the Lions Club when he moved to Ir­ri­cana. You could al­ways find Curly put­ter­ing around fix­ing some­thing or work­ing in his yard to win the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom con­test ev­ery year. Dad will be sadly missed and leaves to mourn his sons Faron (Ok­sana), Leon, daugh­ter Ta­mala, grand­chil­dren; Dakota, Si­enna, Alex, Zar­rah, Caitlin, Ryan, Bex, Cer­sten, Bray­den, great grand­child, Kaysia, sis­ter Frieda, brothers in-law, Bob (Barb), Cliff (Fran), sis­ter in-law Dodi (Murdi) and nu­mer­ous nieces neph­ews cousins and rel­a­tives. Do­na­tions can be made and Er­win’s name to the Al­berta Cancer So­ci­ety. A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held Fri­day, Septem­ber 16, 2016 at the KI K hall in Ir­ri­cana at 2:00 pm.

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