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William L. Ryan Veteran
January 19, 2020


William L. Ryan
Retired Insurance Bond Manager

HUDSON, NH: William Leo Ryan, age 87, a resident of Hudson, NH for the past 13 years, formerly of Tewksbury, MA passed away at home in the care of his family and Merrimack Valley Hospice on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

He was the beloved husband of Rhea C. (Suprenant) Ryan, with whom he celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on July 19, 2019.

Born in Stoneham on June 27, 1932, he was the son of the late Pierce J. Ryan and the late Margaret H. (Murphy) Ryan.

William was raised in Stoneham, attended St. Patrick Parochial School, and graduated from Stoneham High School.

In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was awarded several decorations for his active duty service including the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation.

He attend Northeastern University, where he was the class of 1960 Co-op President, before receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Ryan worked as an Insurance Bond Manager and CPCU for the Hartford Insurance Company, Commercial Union Insurance Company, and the North American Specialty Company until his retirement.

While living in Tewksbury, Mr. Ryan was a former C.C.D. teacher and Lector for St. William’s Parish, and served as a coach for the Tewksbury Youth Girls Softball Program and the Tewksbury Youth Hockey Program.

He enjoyed many activities during his retirement years, especially his Thursday evening cribbage games with his friends at Mission Point in Hudson, NH.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, William P. Ryan and his wife Debra Bard, Christopher Ryan and his wife Maria (Catalano), Margaret Charlebois and her husband Steve, Denise Ryan and her husband Austin Tichenor, and Peter Ryan and his wife Sharon (Wheaton); twelve grandchildren, Julia, Tessa, Patrick, Joseph, Sophia, Jacob, and Rachel Ryan, Jenna Rinaldi, Chantel and Bridgette Charlebois, Quincy and Margaret Tichenor.

Calling hours are Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-6 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His funeral procession will begin on Monday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. William’s Church, 1351 Main St., Rte. 38, Tewksbury. Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery, Stoneham. In lieu of flowers, donations to Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, 1661 Worcester Rd., # 102, Framingham, MA 01701 are suggested.

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Farmer & Dee Funeral Home
16 Lee Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876