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Celebrating The Precious Life of

Stuart Ritchie

January 10th 1969 - 22nd June 2024.

Celebrations of Life.


I met the love of my life.

Wayne and I met in June 1998 at the train station in Scarborough, after chatting on the phone for a few weeks. That weekend, we went on our first unofficial date where Wayne met the entire male side of his new family. I remember Doug getting us into a bar using his police warrant card, Steven using a straw to sing and dance along to Madonna, and Wayne, Dave and Steven holding hands while walking in the middle of the road on the way home.

It was at this moment I knew we would be inseparable.

I married by best friend.

After an amazing 16 years together, on 25 October 2014, I married my best friend in the presence of my wonderful family and closest friends in my beloved home town of Scarborough. I remember David and Sandy surprising us with our wedding car Karen and my amazing family making our confetti cones, Doug being our official photographer, Julie creating our cherished wedding album and our amazing best man speech my Milner. 


I'm extremely thankful to have experienced pure love and for sharing a wonderful 26 years with my best friend by my side.

Please Don't Be Sad.
Instead, Let's Reflect!

While it's sad that I am no longer physically present and things feel very strange, painful, and difficult, it's important to me that you reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. What better way to remember me than by cherishing the good times we shared, the memories we made and the adventures we had, rather than focusing on this temporary moment of separation? 

So, please remember me fondly and raise a glass to the sky. Cheers!

Stuarts' husband and family are in the process of organising an intimate and private celebration of life for immediate family and close friends who supported Stuart throughout his illness.

For those who were not part of Stuarts' cancer journey or have not been in touch with or seen Stuart over the recent months/years, remembrance suggestions can be found at the bottom of this page where you can donate in memory of Stuart to The Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care in Sheffield, where Stuart lovingly cared for. 


Support Those Who Cared for Me

I was cared for by an amazing team of people who embraced, held and walked beside me throughout my cancer journey and welcomed me into their hearts and care with genuine compassion and kindness.

Please donate to The Macmillan Palliate Care Unit in Sheffield to make sure others on their cancer journey can experience the compassionate care that I received.

Stu Guitar2 - Copy.HEIC

Other Ways to Remenber Me

Make a Donation

Here's some links to the charities who supported me along my journey.

Volunteer Your Time

Here are some links to charities that need a little help and would appreciate your support.

Plant a Sunflower Tree

Sunflowers were one of my favourite plants and make a lovely way of remembering me when they bloom

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