Julies H.E. “Jay” Ritch, Jr., 63 of Charlotte passed away on April 15, 2020. Born March 5, 1957 to Julies “Duke” and Linda Ritch, the oldest of 4 children. He attended Garinger High School in Charlotte. A rebel at heart and a jack of all trades. He took on his father’s love of painting early on and mastered the art of painting without tape. He made an impression on all that he met. The children will remember him for being the inventor of demon dust (a sour mixture of Kool-Aid and salt). There was not a time he was seen in which a child didn’t have their hand out asking for some. He worked for many years at Charlotte Motor Speedway and AAA as a tow truck driver. His mother remembers how much he loved fishing, Nascar and old school muscle cars. At the time of passing he was working at Bojangles Coliseum and with his friend of many years Dean Worix doing construction. He regularly played baseball in NoDa. He loved his family very much, maybe as much as he loved the Beatles and 60’s/70’s rock.
He was proceeded in death by his loving father, Julies H.E. “Duke” Ritch, Sr. and his younger sister Dane. He is survived by his mother, Linda Ritch, two siblings, Gina and Mark, his nieces and nephews, Mike (Wendy), Steven, and Michelle, several great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins. A special thank you to his cousin, Larry Ritch, who was like a brother to Jay and spoke with him regularly. He will be missed by all who loved him and he would want everyone to rock on.