Ritchie Heslop (nee Bradley), Dorothea Jean, (Feb. 1, 2018)

RITCHIE HESLOP, Dorothea Jean Dorothea Jean Ritchie Heslop (née Bradley) 1923 – 2018 On February 1, 2018, after a long and prosperous life, Mom just plain finally ran out of gas (JP FROG) in her 95th year. She was cared for full-time at home by her son, Bruce, and grandson, David, as she went through congestive heart failure eight years ago and after her mobility ended as a result of a broken hip four years ago. At her passing, she was with Bruce and her grandson David and two of her wonderful Personal Support Workers, Michelle Tetrault and Ashley Barber. Bruce had just finished playing her favourite classical guitar piece, “Romance”. She was the loving matriarch of our family. A descendant of United Empire Loyalists, she was born in Ottawa to Frederick Thomas Bradley and Jean (née Mary Jane Morrison). She was predeceased by her parents and sisters Viola Bradley, Winifred (Fred) Robertson, and Clara (Bill) Clark. Mom married the love of her life, Flt. Sgt. Lawrence Gaudet Ritchie during WWII in Ottawa. After the war, she helped Dad build his life insurance career with Sun Life of Canada. Their children, Bruce, Marilyn, and David G provided grandchildren Scott (Andrea), Jason (Lee), David, Jessica (Adrian), Erin, Samantha, and Laurel (Dallas) Boychuk who together have given her eleven Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces Joyce (John) Law, Edythe (Karl) Droncek, and nephews in the USA, Ted Hunter, and Douglas, Jerry and Todd Beaupit. She was a Life Member of Delta Chi Sigma sorority as well as a member of Grace United Church (Sarnia) and past member of Central United (Sarnia), Metropolitan United (London), and St. Paul’s Eastern United Church (Ottawa). She had a wonderful singing voice and was an active choir member. She was a loving mother, talented musician, photographer, painter, gourmet cook, seamstress and anything she put her mind to. She always “had our backs” and provided the immense security that comes from knowing that whatever happens in our lives, she was always there as a safety net. Mom and Dad’s marriage was full of love, laughter, camping, skiing, and travel centred around family. After 34 years together, Dad passed away in 1976 at age 59, and Mom turned her energies to her real estate career and was extremely successful. It was there she met Jack Heslop and later they married and cared for each other until Jack passed away in 1997. Mom became step-mother to Rick (Cathy), Fred (Eva), and Steve (Deborah), and step-grandmother to their children. Cremation has taken place and Mom will be interred with Dad and Grandma Esther Ritchie in Woodland Cemetery in London at a family gathering in June. There will be an open house at our home at 2448 Hamilton Rd., Bright’s Grove, on Saturday, February 10th from 1 pm until 5 pm for our friends. Please come and share your memories of Mom.

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