May 18, 1937 - November 30, 2016
East Walpole, Massachusetts | Age 79
George E. Ryan, age 79, passed away peacefully in the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 18, 1937, he was the son of the late James and Edna (Stockman) Ryan. He was raised in Boston and graduated from Boston Trade High School with the Class of 1953. After graduation, George enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, proudly serving his country. While on active duty, he competed in a weight lifting competition, earning the title, Strongest Man in the Marines.
On February 8, 1957, George married his loving wife, Barbara A. Connors, he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps later that year in November. He and Barbara made their home together in Jamaica Plain, before moving to Roslindale and George began working as a union painter. In 1964, George was sworn in as a Boston Police Officer and shortly after transferred to the MDC Police. In 1973, George and Barbara settled in Walpole, Massachusetts to raise their family. After his retirement from the police department in 1978, George started Ryan and Son Painting Company in Walpole, which he owned and operated until 2000.
George enjoyed being outdoors, he was an avid hunter and would take any opportunity to play a round of golf. George was a long-time member of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, frequently riding his Honda Goldwing and attending charity rides to gather children's toys. Most of all, George loved to travel with his wife, together they visited all the states in the continental United States as well as Alaska in their motor home.
George was the salt of the earth, he exemplified love, loyalty, respect and care for his family. He loved life and lived it to the fullest, his sense of humor brought laughter to those who loved him. George was truly one of a kind and could never be replaced.
Beloved husband of Barbara A. (Connors) Ryan.
Loving father of Barbara M. Ryan of Easton, Maureen A. Gillis and her husband Donald of East Walpole, Sandra M. Duff and her husband Pat of Easton, and Michael G. Ryan and his wife Barbara of Plainville.
Cherished grandfather of Lindsay, Bobby, Jennifer, Brien, Kelsey, Brittany, Kerry, and Christopher and great grandfather of Michael.
Brother of the late James Ryan, Dorothy Fox, Mary DeSalvio, and Arthur Ryan.
Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend George's Life Celebration on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 4-8 PM and Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 9-9:30 AM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary's Church, 176 Washington Street, East Walpole on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10 AM. Interment will follow in Saint Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury. Memorial donations in George's name may be made to: VA Medical Services 940 Belmont Street, #135, Brockton, MA 02301, ATTN; Palliative Care Center.