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Appreciation For George Ritchie By David Littlejohn Beveridge


George Ritchie was my mother's older brother. For my entire life I Knew him as, and called him "Uncle Dod". It is true to say that without him I would not be alive, for it was when he and my father, David Beveridge were sailing together as engineers, on the Regent Panther during the war, that my father saw a picture of George's sister Helen (Nel) on George's desk. This caused my father to find a good reason to spend their leave together, in Rosehearty, thereby managing to meet, and after an appropriate courtship, marry Helen.
Later my father and Uncle Dod worked together on Uncle Dod's fishing boat the "Marichaibo". A name inspired by the South American lake.
My memory of Uncle Dod will always be of a man with twinkling blue eyes, a controlled, reliable demeanour, and a huge propensity for laughter and good fun. He was always highly regarded by those he worked with and for me he embodied many of the best Ritchie family traits which I myself aspire to. I will miss him, but we will meet again in the fullness of God's time.

Captain David Littlejohn Beveridge

Added on: 1 July 2012

 

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