Michael J. Ritz

  • Born: December 22, 1942
  • Died: May 17, 2020
  • Location: Canton, formerly of South Boston, Massachusetts

Farley Funeral Home

358 Park Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

Tel. (781) 344-2676

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Mike by adding your memories and photos.

Michael J. Ritz, 77, of Canton, formerly of South Boston, died suddenly at his home on Sunday, May 17, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Beverly (Cormier) Ritz and the late Susan (Babb) Ritz. Mike is survived by his children, Heidi DiMatteo and her husband Jim of Weymouth, Christian M. Ritz and his wife Ariane of Stoughton and Heather Ritz of Foxboro. He was the brother of Helen Puppo and her husband Thomas of Revere, John Ritz and his wife Carol of AZ, Patricia Ritz of Weymouth and the late Patrick Ritz and his surviving wife Marion of Marshfield. Mike was the cherished grandfather of Evan, Susan and Cole DiMatteo, Christiana and Liam Ritz and the step grandfather of Thomas and Grace Tinlin and Caroline Canavan. He was the stepfather of Heather (Canavan) Tinlin and her husband Thomas of S. Boston, Sean Canavan of CT and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Born, raised and educated in South Boston, he was a graduate of South Boston High School. He was a former member of the Army Reserves. Mike was the owner and founder of New England Auto Body in South Boston for over 40 years, along with his longtime friend and business partner, Joe Keating of Squantum. N.E.A.B. was very active in the South Boston Community and was a sponsor of many area youth sports teams. Mike loved to watch, play and coach hockey over the years and was an avid golfer at Wompatuck, Brookmeadow and several other area courses. He enjoyed the friendship and companionship of his golfing buddies and always enjoyed the 19th hole. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and will be missed by both friends and family alike.

Due to Coronavirus Restrictions, Private Family Services were held with burial at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. Donations in Mike's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, POB 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Condolence & Memory Journal

To Beverly, and to all the Ritz family, haven't seen a lot of Mike over the years but,s i always considered us good friends and will miss him very much. so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dave Mango - Palmyra, PA - Friend   July 02, 2020

To Beverly and the rest of Mike's loved ones I would like to give my deepest condolences. As Beverly knows I shared many good times with both her and Mike. He had a smile and a presence that not only lit up the room but set it on fire.
Many thoughts and prayers,

Posted by Dee Colella - Sharon, MA - Friend   June 27, 2020

Dear Heidi and Christian, We were so sorry to learn of your father's death. I had recently talked with him while he was walking in the neighborhood. As he commented, there wasn't much else to do these days!
Allan and Kathi Keith, neighbors

Posted by Allan and Kathi Keith - Canton, MA - Neighbor   June 06, 2020

Beverly and Mikes family so sorry for your loss Mike was a great guy and will be missed by all of us golfing friends from Stan's weekends in Falmouth each spring and fall. Matty Patterson Mike's friend God Bless

Posted by Matthew Patterson - Dedham, MA - Friend   May 23, 2020


Thanks for so many fun memories at our home, at the Inn, cruising and so many more places. We will miss you terribly, especially Christmas Day. You brought joy and light into our home. We saw your passion for family, golf, your friends and your life in general. We will miss laughing with you and your smile. God bless you.

Posted by Cheryl (Cormier) Pimental & Mic - Hingham, MA - Family   May 23, 2020

A tremendous loss for anyone who knew Mike...always smiling and laughing and never a bad word for anyone. You could not play golf with a better person, nor have more fun with anyone else. Mike will be greatly missed by many, especially our golfing group at the Cape.

Posted by Bill Lennon - East Falmouth, MA - friend   May 22, 2020


Such a good guy and neighbor. So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We hope that good memories of Mike will help all of you get through this sad time.

Posted by Bill and Jeannie Gardner - Canton, MA - Neighbor   May 22, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Chris and family
Your dad was quite a character!
The Hoffmans (on Seaver)

Posted by Ginger & Pete Hoffman - Stoughton, MA - Neighbor   May 22, 2020

Dear Ritz Family, we are sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I enjoyed seeing him and his wife Beverly at family gatherings and cookouts that we attended. May he rest in peace.

Posted by April Abate-Adams - Sandy, UT - Friend   May 22, 2020

Mike was a wonderful, family man and a good friend. Mike had a great personality and a big smile who kept us laughing. He was a joy to play golf with and to have a few beers with him after golf. Mike will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Frank and Mary Conway

Posted by Frank Conway - Marshfield, MA - friend   May 22, 2020

Sorry for your loss, Mike was a GREAT man in many ways, but he was special to me I didn't have much as a kid, Mike & Joe would let me hang around the body shop and sweep and clean and I'll never forget that.
Rest in peace my friend

Posted by Robert Rose - South Boston, MA - Friend   May 22, 2020

Bev Iam so sorry to hear about mike he was so nice and always smiling when I seen him.

Posted by Margaret Evers - Quincy, MA - Friend   May 21, 2020

So sorry for your Loss

Posted by William Burns - Boston, MA - Friend   May 21, 2020

Beverly, We were so sorry to hear about Mike! He was a wonderful guy always smiling and happy to see you. He will truly be missed by all.My condolences to you and all the Family . Love Tom & Sue

Posted by Susan & Thomas DUQUETTE - EAST bRIDGEWATER, MA - Friend   May 21, 2020

Beverly and family, I am so sorry for the pain you are all going through at this time. I can't imagine how much you are all suffering right now. I never met Mike but I'm sure that he will be missed terribly. Beverly my thoughts and prayers are with you especially so that God will give you all the courage and strength to get through this terrible ordeal. Love Jeannine

Posted by Jeannine Audet - Waterville, ME - Friend   May 21, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Bev. My heart goes out to you. Hugs to you and your family!
Cathy Corcoran

Posted by Cathy Corcoran - Cape Coral, FL - Friend   May 21, 2020

So sorry to hear of Mikes passing great guy true Southie guy

Posted by Diane Yanovitch - Hull, LA - Friend   May 21, 2020

So sad to hear of the passing of Mike, my friend, he was a genuine person and friend. He had the ability to light up a room, always smiling. I got to know Mike very well over the years, NEAB was the only place I would ever take my car for repair, I would sit and talk to Mike and Joe for hours, sometimes have the occasional beer at lunch, may you Rest In Peace and god be with you.

Posted by Eddie Rogers - South Boston - Friend   May 21, 2020

So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Mikey was such a beautiful person. He always had a joke and a smile for everyone. Please know that he will be remembered fondly by his friends and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Mike and Donna Lucas - Weymouth, MA - Friend   May 21, 2020

Rest in peace Cousin.

Posted by MICHAEL P RITZ - STOUGHTON, MA   May 21, 2020

Mike, Peace my friend.

Posted by Anthony [Tony} Zaccardi - Abington, MA - Family Friend   May 20, 2020


Heidi, Jim, Susan, Evan, Cole and the Ritz family, my sympathies for the loss of your dad , Grampa. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I so enjoyed meeting your dad , he had a wonderful laugh and you could see how much he loved his family. May God hold him in the Palm of His Hand. ❤

Posted by Mark and Eileen Burr and Family - Weymouth, MA - Friend   May 20, 2020

Uncle Mike you will truly be missed!! Your smile was contagious and your love for life twinkled from your eyes!! You will live forever in our hearts! May you fly with the Angels, watch over your loved ones, and Rest in the sweetest Peace. xoxo

Posted by Debbie & Butch Ritz - Marshfield, MA - Family   May 20, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to your family Heidi! . From Linda McAteer and family!

Posted by Linda Mcateer - Quincy, MA - Friend   May 20, 2020

Ritz family, We are so sorry for your loss. Mike was always so welcoming and made us feel apart of the family. We will miss him.

Posted by Jeff, Susan & Andrew Hunter - Kansas City, MO - Family Friend   May 20, 2020

I miss you Mike! You made a difference. Your outgoing personality and caring self were always present in whatever you did and wherever you went. I loved playing golf with you, Danny and Bob. The days were not just about golf but were filled with laughs,good natured ribbing and of course the 19th hole. I look forward to meeting you again. Your friend, Peter

Posted by Peter Ross - Canton, MA - Friend   May 20, 2020

So very sorry to learn of the death of a wonderful friend. Mike was a wonderful husband and father and he will be greatly missed. Love, Ed and Barbara Quinn

Posted by Ed Quinn - Harwich, MA - Family Friend   May 20, 2020

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