Charlie Ritchie

Scottish Rugby is saddened to hear of the death of SRU past president Charlie Ritchie. He was 75. Ritchie was hailed as a "committed life-long enthusiast" for the game by current SRU President Jim Stevenson. He added: _x001C_Charlie was devoted to his family and rugby and was a true servant of the game._x001D_Scottish Rugby is saddened to hear of the death of SRU past president Charlie Ritchie. He was 75.

Ritchie was hailed as a "committed life-long enthusiast" for the game by current SRU President Jim Stevenson. He added: _x001C_Charlie was devoted to his family and rugby and was a true servant of the game._x001D_

A former player, match secretary, committee man and president of Aberdeen Grammar, Ritchie was a familiar figure at Rubislaw.

The highlight of his playing career occurred in 1966 when he represented North and Midlands at hooker against the touring Australians at Linksfield, Aberdeen.

Australia also figured during his 16 year stint on the SRU General Committee, Ritchie acting as manager of the Scotland tour there in 1992.

Ritchie, who worked for Guardian Royal Exchange in insurance, and who ran the Colwyn Hotel in Aberdeen with his late wife, Helen, was first elected to the SRU General Committee in 1982, having previously served as North District secretary.

He acted as a liaison officer for touring teams visiting Scotland, including when the Springboks were here in 1994.

He was president of the SRU in season 1997-98 and remained active in the game at club level thereafter.

Scottish Rugby extends its condolences to his sons Niall and Malcolm and their families and all Charlie Ritchie's friends. A memorial service will be held in due course.