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Harold Edgar Ritch

Harold Edgar Ritch

Male 1925 - Aft 2010  (> 86 years)

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  • Name Harold Edgar Ritch 
    Born 1925 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 2010 
    Person ID I3672  Ritch
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father Harold Gordon Ritch,   b. 1 Nov 1897, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1965, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Gertrude Elizabeth Frew,   b. 29 Jul 1902, Hillgrove, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1986, Ballina Notice in Northern Star, Lismore 28-6-1986 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1924  Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1417  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Vera Louiseana Preston,   b. 11 Mar 1931, Broken Hill, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 2011, Broken Hill, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 25 Aug 1950  St Peters Church, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F1420  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • was groomsman at sisters wedding in 1947
      1958 a Teacher 194 Cobalt Street, Broken Hill a Teacher
      1963 Stubbs Avenue, Warren Darling a Teacher
      1977 24 Broughton St, Tumut 2720 a School Inspector
      address 1980 9 Ronald Wixted Avenue, Cowper,Kempsay. NSW

      "Barrier Daily Truth" 25th August 2010.
      Celebrations are in order as a local couple clock up 60 years of marriage today.

      Harold Ritch and Vera Preston will be treated to a celebratory dinner to mark the special occasion.
      The two have known each other most of their lives. Harold, who is six years older, used to look after Vera when her mother went to play cards.
      The two began dating in January 1949 and it took almost a year and a half to make it to the altar.
      The couple were married by Reverend Hardwick at St Peter's Church in 1950 with more than 200 people attending.
      "It was a big wedding," Mrs Ritch said.
      Mr Ritch said the reception was held at the Palais.
      "The two mums, mine and Vera's, wanted to cater it themselves," he said.
      Mrs Ritch said the day was a lot of work, and if she had the choice, she wouldn't have had a big wedding. "I would just go away, just say 'give us money', because it was a lot of work." Between 1952 and 1964, Mr and Mrs Ritch had five children and moved around NSW for work. Mr Ritch was the deputy principal of Alma Public School for three years and at the North school for four years. He also worked at many other NSW schools in between. The couple moved back to the city from Lismore in 1997, and say they are happy in Broken Hill where two of their children still live. They now have 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and Mrs Ritch says she remembers all their birthdays. The couple provided other married couples with the key to reaching their diamond anniversary: love each other."Trust each other, love each other and keep nothing from each other," she said. He also said having five good kids and his wife by his side played a big part. "The thing that made our marriage so harmonious is all wrapped up in that girl Vera." The couple now live in a house built by one of their children, Robert, and have some different plans for the future, as "mad on history" Vera wants to travel to Egypt.
      "We're happy here where we are," he said. "If we win Lotto, Vera can go to Egypt."
      The couple will also be having an open house on Saturday at their home at 30 Thomas Lane between 2pm and 4pm, with friends and family welcome to attend.