Paul Vaness Ritzie, Jr. December 25, 2012

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COXSACKIE Celebration of Life of the late Paul Vaness Ritzie, Jr., sunrise July 6, 1955 sunset December 25, 2012. Paul V. Ritzie Jr. was born in New York City from the union of Paul V. Ritzie Sr. and the late Shirley Mae Ritzie. He was the eldest of seven children who consist of four sisters (Joanne, Sabrina, Shirley and Shawnta) and two brothers (Lindell and Shawn). Paul was a happy child growing up who enjoyed being big brother. His favorite sport was basketball and enjoyed playing card games of which he had to win at all cost. Paul graduated with honors from Haaren High School in 1973. He also was married to the love of his life, the late Shelley Johnson of which this union produced four children (Charmaine, Temeca, Jeanelle and Paul). Paul was a son, father, brother, uncle and a grandfather of whom he enjoyed being all of them. Paul Ritzie Jr. had challenges but never complained to anyone and always strived to improve himself and joined the U.S. Army in 1973 during the Vietnam Era. He served four years and was honorable discharges in 1977. He worked in numerous jobs throughout his career from maintenance worker to security officer specialist and industrial worker positions. Paul Ritzie Jr. also joined the National Guard and was officially retired in 1985.


Paul has three brothers- in-law Anthony Washington, Claude Benn and Ola Kazim; two sisters-in-law, Shellie Ritzie and Stephanie Pleasant; aunt, Ernestine Turner; uncle Ernest Williams in addition to other aunts and uncles; sixteen grandchildren; fifteen nieces and nephews; as well as a host of friends in New York City he leaves behind.
One of Paul Ritzie Jr. favorite sayings is a song by Otis Redding quoting Im sitting on the dock of the bay watching the tides rolled away. Now that Im gone, please remember the wonderful moments we had together thanks for the ride and now Im home with my creator and free from pain. Im walking into the sunset.


Funeral services will be held 9 AM Saturday, December 29th at St. Marys Church, Coxsackie. Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore. Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Friday from 4 to 7 PM.