Brother Terry Ritter died peacefully yesterday with his family nearby. He had been sick for several months before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few weeks ago. His sister Dee took him to her house and nursed him nearly to the end. On Friday he moved to Hospice House and on Monday he passed away.
Terry had been a member of UBC longer than any of us. He brought deviled eggs and vinegar cucumbers to church potlucks. Several times he fried us fish he’d caught in the various ponds and lakes he frequented. He cared for his son Jason who has been in a nursing home for almost 15 years. Dee will continue Jason’s care and UBC will continue to pray for and visit him.
As a young man Terry lived hard and suffered for it. Eventually he and the Lord made amends and Terry became a man not many would have predicted. He attended church regularly. He volunteered at the Interfaith Winter Shelter where he took his job very seriously. I loved hearing about his friendships in the undergraduate women social work crowd.
We’ll have a service for him on Thursday afternoon at 2 pm followed by a potluck provided by our church family. Expect an email from Gwenette about how you can help.
Peace and prayers,