Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 11, 2011

Al Ritchie, ex-TC mayor, dead at 86


TRAVERSE CITY — Former Traverse City Mayor Al Ritchie died.

Ritchie served on the city commission from 1987-91, and was mayor in 1990. Back then, the mayor served a one-year term and was chosen from among commissioners, not separately elected by the public.

He died early today at age 86.

Ritchie, a longtime Traverse City resident, was a combat-wounded World War II veteran who later worked as an executive in the oil industry, said Jim Tompkins.

"Al was a pretty conscientious guy," said Tompkins, who served as mayor in 1991, 1995, and 1999. "Very well-rounded."

Funeral arrangements are pending with Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.