David Winston Ritchie

November  19th, 1939 June  27th, 2024
Laleham on Thames
David Winston Ritchie

In the hearts of those who loved you, you will always be.


With heavy hearts, the family announces the passing of David Winston Ritchie, aged 84. David was born on the 19th of November, 1939, and departed this life on the 27th of June, 2024

David was a man whose life was defined by courage, resilience, tenacity and always accompanied by dry wit. A cherished father, David is survived by his two children, Danielle and Dominique.

A service will be held at Putney Vale Crematorium on Friday, the 12th of July at 10:45AM, followed by a Celebration of Davids life at AFC Wimbledon Ground at 12:00PM. 

All who had the privilege of knowing David are invited to join in commemorating his remarkable life and the many memories he leaves behind.


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July 13, 2024
For those who don’t know, I am Chris, I am married to Danielle, I am the son-in-law to Dave.

I respected Dave greatly. He welcomed me into his life and treated me as part of the family. He was definitive with his opinions, he gave me advice, but also asked for my own opinions. I guess you could say we treated each other as equals. We were always chatting about something, but here are core talking points.

1) Where is my daily mail?
2) Did you know that the daily mail is the only newspaper that tells the truth
3) The state of the country is terrible
4) Football, football, football.
5) Do you have any chocolate.

I can’t walk into a shop now without checking to see if there is a daily mail. It’s ingrained in me.

When Danni, Dom and I were visiting him, he would always give them both a hard time about something, various topics. But always thanked me, gave a well done and a pat on the back. To this day I’m not sure if he was winding me up, but it was hilarious as the girls always took the bait.

There was our pilgrimage to Southsea a few years ago. We spent the day walking, talking, recounting memories of all the time he spent there, also laughing at the paranoia he had about bumping into ex-girlfriends. We had fish and chips on the pier and finished the day on the beachfront at sunset enjoying a drink. It was a lovely day to share with him and see him so happy.

Recently, when I took him to watch his beloved AFC. Even though he was poorly he loved it. He was in his element, and we had a great day. We lost, but it didn’t matter. He was so happy to be there, and I could see how much it meant to him. Even more so now to know it was his last match.

Lastly, and although it is a tough memory. He trusted me to look after him when he was at his most vulnerable. He opened his whole heart to me, and I did to him. Being there for him in those moments, supporting him, bonded us forevermore. I will never forget.

God bless you, Dave. Now go read that daily mail, watch your team, have a half lager top and rest in peace, Chris

chris james
July 12, 2024
I will always be so grateful to David as he introduced me to Utility Warehouse. He was a wonderful, gentle and warm person and his loss will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Sending my condolences to his two daughters, Danielle and Dominique and the family.
Sanjeev Bakrania
July 6, 2024
I have many happy memories of volunteering with Dave at Kingsmeadow for our beloved AFCW on match days for many years.
Dave had a great sense of humour and even if the result wasn’t what we hoped for we would still have a laugh.
Rest in Peace Dave with all the other Womble’s
Love Traci💛😍💙Xo
Traci Turnstile
July 6, 2024
I have so many happy, fond memories of working with Dave at Encyclopaedia Britannica. He hired me way back in 1976 and we worked closely together for many years, and we also had a lot of fun along the way! He was a very lovely, gentle and patient man but also extremely driven. Dave was hugely respected and a very successful Sales Manager. Such a very sad loss. xx
Jane Helps


Please join us to pay a last tribute.

While we mourn the loss of David, we also aim to celebrate his life with you.

Your presence would mean a great deal to us during this time of remembrance and reflection.

Please RSVP, so we can ensure adequate seating and refreshments for you.
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If you are unable to make it in person, you are welcome to join the livestream:
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Service :
Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium (West Chapel),Stag Lane, London. SW15 3DZ

followed by

Celebration of Life:
AFC Wimbledon stadium,  Cherry Red Records Stadium
Plough Lane
London, SW17 0NR
Friday 12th July, 10:45 AM
Virtual event

In Lieu of Flowers

No flowers or monetary contributions are expected.

If you do however, still wish to give, we thank you and encourage you to consider donation to the below charities, which would be a meaningful tribute to David:

       The Dogs Trust - https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/support-us/donation
       Alzheimers UK - https://donate.alzheimersresearchuk.org/
       MDS Patient Support - https://mdspatientsupport.org.uk/donate/

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