In Memory

Brian Ritchie

Brian R Ritchie
1961 - Nov 13, 1975


The Spokesman Review, Nov 17, 1975


















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03/13/10 02:28 PM #1    

Rick Nelson

If I remember right Brian and Paul passing was our first experiance of loosing a classmate. It was a sad thing to go through. I think Brian had a illness that lasted a while so most of us were aware of the fight Brian went through.
Rick Nelson

07/07/10 04:29 PM #2    

James (Jim) Lynam

Brian was my first best friend at Mead. We both arrived in 7th grade from Spokane Public Schools, where we were in the same 6th grade class at Finch Elementary.  Neither of us knew the other was there until we ended up in the same first period class. It was comforting knowing someone in that first year while we both made other friends amongst our class.

We always managed to have fun, but it was short lived. He always was battling sinus infections and contracted meningitis, which took his life after being in a coma for 2 weeks in November of 1975, in our 9th grade year.  He was a great friend and a great person. 

02/13/11 01:23 PM #3    

Denice Stanfill (Lewis)

Rick Nelson said it right, losing Brian was most likely the first experience any of us had at losing a classmate. I always leave a flower on Brian's grave every Memorial Day, as Brain losing his life to menigitis always seems a little more personal to my husband and myself. We almost lost our daughter at age two months to meningitis due to being exposed to it by some soldiers who contracted it from Greek soldiers who had it at an international field problem called Reforger 1988. It was a very trying time and I still feel for Brian's parents and their grief from losing him to this awful disease. My husband and I actually met them at the cemetary one year and they are absolutely the nicest people to chat with.

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