Remembering Fr. Pat

Father Patrick Ritter
September 30, 1946 – July 26, 2020

Fr. Ritter was born in Vancouver, Wa to John & Margaret Ritter on 9/30/1946! He was one of three children. He attended Providence Academy. After he graduated from school, he went to St Thomas Seminary in Kenmore.

He interrupted his seminary education and he came back to Vancouver, WA where he taught elementary school for a few years. He returned to the seminary to complete his training as a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He was ordained a priest by the late Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly on June 1, 1974.

His first assignment as a priest was Sacred Heart, Bellevue where he served as a parochial vicar. After three years, he was transferred to Bellingham for a brief time. He came back to the Seattle area where he served at St. Francis of Assisi in Burien. During these times, he was in charge of the CYO.

Pat’s first assignment as a pastor was Sacred Heart in Bellingham. Later, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen would appoint him as pastor of St. Brendan’s in Bothell where he had his first construction project and build a new parish church. After Bothell, he was assigned to St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma, where he had several building projects. His last assignment as pastor was Sacred Heart in Bellevue where he served for twelve years.

Over the years, Fr. Ritter served on various boards and committees, of the Archdiocese of Seattle. He was very much respected and trusted by his peers and the people he served. With his great enthusiasm and love of people, he tirelessly reached out to the people of his community.

Pat retired in 2012 because of health issues. He continued to live in Bellevue, where he helped at St. Louise in Bellevue and St. Monica in Mercer Island. He also worked with local funeral homes to provide burial services for people in the community.

Fr. Ritter enjoyed many things. He was a talented musician and he played both the piano and organ – often times- from memory. He enjoyed eating lunch out, visiting with friends, and traveling many parts of the world.

Pat is survived by his sister, Jean Overbay and his brother-in-law, Bruce Overbay- also his nieces, nephew, and cousins. His brother Michael died in 1985.

The coronavirus has many restrictions for social gathering. A private burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date at Sacred Heart in Bellevue for the congregation.

Memorials may be sent to the Sacred Heart Building fund in Bellevue, the Fulcrum Foundation of the Archdiocese of Seattle, or the Priest’s retirement fund, or charity of your choice in leu of flowers.