Sad News – On the passing of Library Director Chris Ritter
Tragedy has hit the AACA. In September, Library Director Chris Ritter was tragically killed in an accident while out golfing with his father. We are heartbroken and grieving the sudden loss of Chris and, as much pain as we are in right now, we cannot even begin to imagine what his wife Tam and little boys Pierce and Case are going through right now. They were Chris’ life, and he was theirs; please keep them in your thoughts during this difficult time.
We are also incredibly sorry for all of you, as I am sure many of you were helped or touched in some way by Chris over the years. This is hard news to swallow all around, and we know many of you will be grieving with us. The condolences we have received so far have been overwhelming but greatly appreciated. As far as supporting Chris’ family right now, we do ask that you please respect the family’s privacy during this time until they are ready to hear from you. We promise to keep you updated at the appropriate time.
The library isn’t the same without Chris, and he will be greatly missed. It’s going to be incredibly difficult without him during Hershey week, both for us and for you. He won’t be here to warmly welcome you. He won’t be able to banter with you about your latest restoration project. He won’t be able to reminisce with you about past events, and he won’t be able to share in your exciting discoveries on the fields or in the library’s stacks.
Even though Chris will not be here physically, he will be here in spirit. We will do our best to push forward by remaining open next week, offering research services, and running the Tuesday Yard Sale. To say this is the way he would have wanted it is hard to say because it feels like it trivializes the situation. However, given Chris’ character and how he tackled challenges over the years, I have no doubt that he would want us to do our best during Hershey week. Please bear with us in the coming weeks and months as we navigate this difficult time, and keep Chris’ family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts.
The November-December issue of Antique Automobile magazine will include a wonderful tribute to Chris. Please watch the AACA website and Facebook pages for updates on how you can support the family and details about the memorial service for Chris.
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Tragedy has hit the AACA. This week, Library Director Chris Ritter was tragically killed in an accident while out golfing with his father. We are heartbroken and grieving the sudden loss of Chris and, as much pain as we are in right now, we cannot even begin to...
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