It is with great sadness the family of Jennifer Lin Ritcey-DiMatteo announces her passing after a brief illness, on Saturday, January 11th, at the age of 36 in Mississauga, Ontario surrounded by family.
Jennifer will be deeply missed by her husband, Michael DiMatteo, Mississauga; mother Joanne (Greg), Truro; sister Lisa (Nathan), Fall River; brother Ryan, Arizona; nephews Jaxson and MacKenzie, Fall River; dear friends Heather, Cam, and Gavin; as well as, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her loving in-laws Carmen, Johnny, Lori, and Steven all from Toronto. She is pre-deceased by her father, Kirk Ritcey; grandparents, GC and Mary Ritcey; grandparents, Joan and Buddy Sharpe; uncle, Jed Ritcey; and father in law, Sam DiMatteo.
Born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, she graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre in 2001. She continued her education and graduated from both the NSCC and Brenda’s Academy of Professional Dog Grooming. Jennifer was a successful businesswoman in Vancouver and Toronto where her canine clients and their owners became an extended part of her family. Jennifer was a well-liked, kind, and generous person. Her smile and witty sense of humor always brightened up the room. Jennifer cared deeply for her family and will be remembered as someone who put others before herself. She was a true animal lover and spent many happy days with her dogs Macky, Molly, Kilo, and Grizzly.
A celebration of life will be held in Jennifer’s memory on Wednesday, January 15th from 6 pm until 8 pm in Mississauga at The Waterside Inn. Flowers may be sent to The Waterside Inn or memorial donations in Jennifer’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a local SPCA.
Jennifer will be interred with a private burial service at Old Barns Cemetery in Nova Scotia in the spring.