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Thomas J Ritchie

August 02, 1981 - April 19, 2022


Obituary For Thomas J Ritchie

Thomas J. “Ace” Ritchie, 40, beloved husband of Melissa (Shambarger) Ritchie, died Tuesday evening surrounded by his loving family at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers after a courageous 5-year battle against Ewing Sarcoma Cancer.

Born in Stoneham, he was the son of Stephen Ritchie and Donna DeMartino, both of Peabody. Tom was a lifelong resident and graduate of Peabody High School, class of 1999.

Tom was employed at Mersen Industries of Newburyport as a test engineer for many years.

In Tom’s earlier years he enjoyed playing in Peabody youth sports including football and baseball. This led him into coaching for his son Mason for Peabody Little League and continuing in adult leagues for himself. An avid biker and runner, it wouldn’t be surprising to find Tom running a half marathon before or after a chemo or radiation appointment.

For the past 5 years Tom endured the ups and downs of cancer treatment as well as living his life to the fullest with his family making memories, whether it was on vacation at the beach, in the backyard, or as a mechanic and car enthusiast racing his car at New England Dragway, which he called his “happy place.”
Dana Farber was a huge part of Tom’s life for the past 5 years and with their help treating Tom came wonderful opportunities. Tom was asked to be the speaker at the Kraft Family Annual Blood Donor Brunch at Gillette Stadium, be a participant at the Crucial Catch Football Game and attend many Red Sox games with his family.

In addition to his wife with whom he shared 15 years of marriage, he is survived by his two sons, Mason and Gavin, both of Peabody, his parents Stephen and his wife Lynda, his mother Donna DeMartino, a sister Kathleen Cole and her husband Derek, a sister Paige Ritchie, his mother-in- law Peggy Shambarger, all of Peabody, his two brothers-in-law, Thomas and James Shambarger, both of NH, his father-in-law Thomas Shambarger of ME, his niece, Makayla Cole, his nephews Anthony Cole and Thomas Shambarger, his stepsister Jamie Tagliamonte, his step brother David Harnch, and many other family members and dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 3:00 until 6:00 PM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody and his Funeral Service will be on Monday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Melissa’s name to a special account for the benefit of the children of Thomas Ritchie at any Eastern Bank branch location.

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  • 05/19/2022

    One month ago today my life changed forever. Time doesn't always heal wounds. Love you and will always miss you. Dad

  • 04/24/2022

    To the Ritchie family: I can't express the deep sorrow I feel for all of you. To my son-in-law I say your son will always be in our prayers. with love Marie and Arthur

  • 04/23/2022

    "Thommy", as I remember him, went to school with my daughter. We lived in West Peabody for many years. I am sending my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Debbie Wexler and family

  • 04/22/2022

    Brian and Cheryl, I'm sorry to hear about your nephew. To Brian's brother Steven and the rest of the family, my heart goes out to you, only forty years old, So young. He is with your mom now.... My prayers and thoughts will be with you in the following days to come. God bless

  • 04/22/2022

    You've been a big/important part of my life for the last 20 years. I feel blessed to have called you my "Step-Son". RIP Until we meet again.

  • 04/21/2022

    So very sorry for the loss of your son Tommy. Lynda always spoke so highly of him . My sympathy to you all. Deepest Sympathy, Denise

  • 04/21/2022

    My deepest condolences to the Ritchie Family. especially his wife and children, and my cousin Donna. RIP Tom. From your cousin Frank and Beverly

  • 04/21/2022

    Not only have I lost my future mechanic, but I also lost my best friend, I promised you I would never forget you and will visit you as often as I can while you could still understand me and I mean it sincerely. Why is it guys have a problem telling other guys they love them.They saying goes if you see something say something. well if you Love someone say it to that someone.I love you Tommy and all my family until the day I die and beyond. Dad

  • 04/21/2022

    My deepest condolences to the Ritchie Family, Tommy was a big heart guy and remember when were young all of us getting into some adventure and always having a great time. Tommy was like a little brother to all of us and I will miss him greatly and I know he will find rest in here after. God bless and rest his soul in peace and I'm sure he will be watch over all of us.

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