Ryan, David P.
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David Paul Ryan of Hilton Head, 75, beloved husband of Ruth Anne Ryan, died on August 15, 2013, one day after his 48th wedding anniversary, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Throughout his illness, he was touched by the support of so many friends from Hilton Head's Sea Pines community.
Born in Brookline, Massachusetts to James J. Ryan and Anna Smith Ryan, David was the second of six children. He attended the Franciscan Friars Seminary in Garrison, New York and later graduated from Fairfield Prep in Fairfield, Connecticut. He received his A.B. from Holy Cross College, and obtained graduate degrees from Fairfield University and New York University.
David began his career in education as a teacher at Central Catholic High School in Norwalk, Connecticut. He later became Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport and then Assistant Superintendent of Schools for a school district outside of Manchester, New Hampshire. In 1980, he was appointed Superintendent of Schools for the Churchville-Chili School District outside of Rochester, New York. After retiring from that position, David and Ruth Anne moved to Hilton Head Island in 1996.
David is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ruth Anne, his brothers Terry and Kevin, his sister Ann Mellinger, his sons Jay and Christopher, his daughters-in-law, Cheryl and Alaina, Heidi Gray, and his beloved grandchildren, Catherine, Patrick, and Emily. David was predeceased by his sister Helen and his brother Jim.
Friends may call at the Island Funeral Home and Crematory, on August 18, 2013 between the hours of 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Resurrection Mass will be celebrated on August 19, 10:30 AM, at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, Hilton Head Island, SC.
David had an outsized love of dogs, particularly for Maddie who stood watch over him throughout his illness and provided him with much happiness during his most challenging days. Remembrances may be made to The Hilton Head Humane Association, P.O. Box 21790, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928; the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor, P.O. Box 309, Garrison, New York 10524; or the Hospice Care of the Low Country, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, S.C. 29910.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com.
Published in Connecticut Post on Aug. 17, 2013