Score Group Founder; A Tribute
One of the North-East of Scotland’s most inspirational businessmen and leading employer of apprentices, sadly passed away after a short illness on Wednesday 28th June.
Charles Buchan Ritchie formed Score Group in 1982, starting out from a small workshop in Peterhead which would soon grow to be a world leading engineering company employing thousands of people worldwide. He left school with little in the way of qualifications but then served as an apprentice at a local engineering company whilst attending a local college as his thirst for knowledge grew for the industry. Over the years he became an innovator pushing development especially in the valve industry to the nth degree. He remained a fully active member of the company, and widely respected within the business community.
His son, Conrad Ritchie, described his father as a titan of northeast business who worked tirelessly in the community. “Charles was a formidable businessman, mentor and great friend to many. He spent his life building the Score Group. He was generous with his time in later life and did everything he could to help his beloved homeland.” He added, “At times he was misunderstood and could be very determined. Most of all though he was a family man and an adored grandfather.”
Mr Ritchie’s family said his mentoring of young people would be his “legacy.”
Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 43
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