2017-08-17 / Obituaries

William Bradford Ritter

William Bradford Ritter, of Stuart, Fla. and Jamestown, R.I., passed away July 23 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 86.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Josephine Underwood and James Bradford Ritter.

He was passionate about sailing, having started at the age of 7 on Narragansett Bay. Woodworking also was a lifelong hobby. In the early years, he designed and made lovely wood tables, jewelry chests and cheese trays for family gifts. In later years, he donated his work to charity auctions.

He played tennis and platform tennis, and upon moving back to Jamestown, he became involved with two friends in raising money to build platform tennis courts, which were donated to Conanicut Yacht Club.

While living in Rye, N.Y., he would go fishing in the early morning and board the train to New York City after giving his catch to the club for their dinner menu. In later years, he took up golf and organized the play for the Conanicut Duffers. He also played duplicate bridge.

He attended Germantown Friends School, Darrow School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1967, while living in Rye, he was active on the committee working to ban the proposed bridge over Long Island Sound.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-55.

His early business career began at Continental Insurance Company, where he was a Marine Claims Examiner and next a Senior Hull adjuster at MOAC. He then became a partner and later the owner of Merrell & Nelson, a marine brokerage firm in New York City.

He was a member of Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart and Conanicut Yacht Club, as well as a former member of Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. and Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, where he served as a member of the board of governors.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Barbara and by two daughters, Serena R. Livingston of Malvern, Pa. and Lucinda R. Jackman of Stowe, Vt. and four grandchildren, Katryn and Genevieve Livingston and Ian and Andrea Jackman.

A memorial celebration will be conducted at noon Friday, Aug. 25 at the Conanicut Yacht Club.

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