Kenneth Ritzinger, 65

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 9:30pm

Kenneth Reed Ritzinger, 65, much loved brother, uncle, father and friend, passed suddenly Friday, March 15 at Our Lady of the Lakes Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Born on Dec. 16, 1953 in New Haven, Conn., to the late Emily and Louis Ritzinger, Ken spent many of his growing-up years on Block Island, and in Stratford, Conn. He attended St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull. His summers were spent on Block Island at his family’s much-loved property, the Vaill Hotel & Country Club. He later co-owned Ballard’s Service Station on Block Island, where he worked alongside his father, Louis. Ken’s mechanical aptness led him to the sea where he worked his way from an oiler on the vessel Stuyvesant to Chief Engineer on the Overseas Anacortes. Ken worked for OSG Ship Management since 2005 and was a very proud member of Marine Engineer’s Beneficial Association. He took great pride in his work and was always willing to share his knowledge with the crew that worked beside him. 

His career took him around the world and across many oceans. He was greatly respected and loved in his industry. Ken had an enormous heart, he was generous and loving to his many friends and family. He will be greatly miss by all of them. Ken is predeceased by his beloved son, Wren Ritzinger. He leaves behind daughter Elizabeth Tetzner; brother Greg Ritzinger and sister-in-law Josette; his sister Cynthia Passmore; and brother-in-law Ward; nieces Chelsea and Dorey Passmore, Ellen Ritzinger; and nephews Louis Ritzinger and Evan Ritzinger; dear friend Jimmy Collins; and a much-loved dog named Poncho.

Ken’s family would like to thank the wonderful people at OSG Ship Management, Tampa, Florida, for their kindness, and for providing so much support for Ken and his family. A graveside Memorial Service will be held on May 25, 2019 at noon at the Block Island Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life  at the family’s home at the Vaill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Block Island Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 214, Block Island R.I. 02807, or The Halo No Kill Rescue Shelter, 710 Jackson St., Sebastian, FL 32958.