Dear Liz - what to say...your Dad and Mom were among my favorite people during my Chatham years and, as you know, he loved you more than anyone on this planet!His life was not always easy but he made it one well lived.
Rich and I were saddened by the news of your dad's passing. In reading the many stories on line he sounds like the character you described. And I might add the apple does not fall far from the tree! A gift from him to you. May your many wonderful memories esp those army buddy reunions give you strength as you grieve your loss.
Liz I feel lucky to have known Austin. He was amazing a real treat to get to know the last two years or so. Love Peter Folding
Austin was one of those people that I feel very fortunate and gratefull to have had him as a friend.
I will always remember the time Austin, Kim, and I we were going out for dinner. Before we left he stuck his credit card in my pocket and told me (with a smile) - I may be old, but if you use anything but that to pay for dinner I will kick your butt. No argument from me.
Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.
To my dear friend Liz,
I know you and your Dad had such a special relationship, he will be missed...
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet him on a couple of occasions. I will never forget our last visit to the Cape when we went to take your Dad for a ride so he could be our tour guide. It was so much fun hearing all the history, all the time barking out orders (lovingly) to the driver (you)... "Slow down", "Back up", "Turn around".... The Rouse sisters will remember that trip forever.
We are always here for you -
Love, Mark & Julie
Liz, so sorry to hear of your loss. Pictures here speak of the great relationship you shared with your father and the incredible man he was in life. With love, your friends, the Martin Family.
Our thoughts and hearts are with you. Dad will forever be in your heart as you are in his. All our love Kathie and Steven
Liz, I know that you loved him very much. I'm praying for you to have strength. You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful dad. Till we meet again sometime soon. Peace and Love, Marlene O
Aunt T, we've been thinking a lot about your dad the past few days, and I am truly warmed by the strong bond you both had. I didn't know him well, but he was always so kind to me, and it was so wonderful of him to accept me as another "Young" for New Years, Easter Egg Hunts, Chinese food, and brunches. He was such a warm and loving person, and he will be in my thoughts. With love,
So sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful man and dear friend. I have made a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in your father's memory.
Aunt T, I've found your father in my thoughts a lot over the past few days, and I can't help but smile at all the great memories we've shared. As a kid I remember getting excited about the thought of having one more Christmas gift waiting for me in Chatham, the countless Chinese meals, going out to breakfast (his lunch), the first night buttons so we could attend the noise parades… somehow I think he avoided that parade every year, smart man. I will always remember the night we were reading in the church when Uncle Aunie tapped on the door and scared all of us! As an adult I enjoyed the car rides we'd take through town to watch all of the new houses going up, his never ending humor, his craftiness and desire to work with his hands. I truly admired your father and his cheerfulness will be greatly missed. Love Bryan
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and to your family. You loved your daddy, I know. You were the best a daughter any dad could have ever hoped for and have. My deepest sympathy to you.
Liz-so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .
Liz - our thoughts & prayers are with you. Walter, Mary Ann & Steve
So sorry to hear of your Father's passing. Sending thoughts of comfort and peace. Love Trish
Liz and family, there have been so many fond memories since childhood with so many smiles - not the least of which includes Ridgevale motel, Port Fortune, Hardings Beach and our more recent tours of the Cape. He was such a kind, caring and generous man, always wanting to help others - he will be missed by many. Mike and I will never forget him. Be at peace Aunie. Love, Kim
Aunt T, It's hard to decide my favorite Uncle Aunie memory. Aurora and I spent a while reminiscing and couldn't believe how many good times we shared with your dad. Between shooting all his Christmas ornaments with BB guns, placing bets on how long it would take the model of his house to burn, and the fact that he always got us donuts, Uncle Aunie was my favorite person to go visit and our first night trips were something I'd look forward to all year long. Aurora and I have his combat infantry badge displayed in our living room, which is a great reminder of a man that I will never forget. Love, Adam (and Aurora too)
Hello, Liz. We are so sorry for your loss. Thanks so much for the emails toward the end; how strong you are!
Berta and Warren
Uncle Aunie, as we knew him, will be sorely missed. I am so honored to have had him be a part of my life and even more so, the lives of my three wonderful sons. Uncle Aunie created memories for my boys, now men, that they will never forget including Chatham first nights and all the special games surrounding it. I have a feeling some of those games have never been been shared with me, Mom, and probably that is best! Goodbye Uncle Aunie and sweet dreams. You deserve an eternity of peace.
Dear Liz, We are truly sorry for your loss. As hard as it is to say good-bye, we understand the gratitude you expressed at having such a wonderful father in you life. He will always, always be with you. Jill and Brian Mullen
Although I never met your father, I know he was a wonderful man and person by the way you always talked about him. He helped raise a wonderful daughter.
Jane, Richie and I will always cherish the fact that you are a part of our lives and that you were able to share your father's life with us. Be strong, as you always are, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Liz, so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I remember being a little girl and going to the lumber store with my father and listening to them talk. He was a good man. Hope your memories comfort you.
LIZ Our heartfelt condolences go out to you snd family.Your Dad Fought the good fight and was a hero in world War 2 fighting in foreign lands.This continued back home as you know.I did not have the opportunity to meet Mr. Ryder, however I know he was proud of daughter, Nurse Liz USAF.
Our thought and prayers are with you and yours.
Liz...Your Dad was a very special man. He had a great smile and a wonderful daughter.I will always remember the laughter you shared with Austin when you spoke with him over the phone from Maine. This will be a big change for you but you have lots of friends and family to support you in the months to come. Hugs to youand your family.
I am so glad we met because of our Dads. We will always have a special bond. Peace & Love surrounds you.
We truly enjoyed visiting with Austin, we wil miss him. Our sincere sympathy to Liz and his family. Anita and John
Dear Liz, lisa and I are deeply saddened by your father's passing. You wrote in your email that you were blessed to have a wonderful father. After hearing you talk of him and the pleasures you got being with him, he too was a blessed man to have such a loving and dedicated daughter like you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John
Liz, I know what a special man your father was because he has such a special daughter! I know it's going to be difficult in the days ahead. I'm here for you, whatever you need. Love, Jeanette
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.