RYDER, Larry (Lawrence Jeffrey)
December 9, 1942 - August 29, 2014
After a very brief and valiant fight against pancreatic cancer passed away in the early morning holding his wife Carol's hand in the same manner as he lived his life, full of dignity and love and concern for the well being of his family and friends. He was a straightforward, no nonsense man never focusing on himself and while he often seemed gruff, below the surface he had a very large heart as all who knew him knew. He cared deeply for all. He leaves behind knowing they are all well and in safe hands, his loving wife Carol, his beloved daughter Isabelle (Bryce Conrad) and his cherished granddaughters Hayley, Madison and Avery, his brothers Brian and his nephews Justin (Min) (great-nieces Danica and Sydney) and Jon (Kate) (great-niece Kennedy), Stephen (Debbie) (niece and nephew Michael and Carly), his special sister Sabine Ryder, brother-in-law Steve Taylor (Kilby) and his nieces Elyse, Morgan, Tara (Neil) Hargreaves (great-nephews Michael and Alex), his sister-in-law Kathy Taylor (Dwight), his best friend and Uncle Hy (Jennie) Belzberg and Auntie Lil Faider and many old and cherished friends. Larry was committed to his family and family business which was in his mind the ongoing legacy of the Ryder family together with his deep commitment to community, Calgary and Alberta. Organizations that benefited from his involvement as a board member were District 7 (Carewest Seniors), the Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary Hotel Association, Alberta Hotel Association, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Downtown Association, Calgary Centennial Rotary Club (Rotarian of the Year 1999), Downtown Rotary Club of Calgary, Vice Chair of the Calgary Convention Centre, Chair of the Calgary Parking Authority, Calgary Elbow Progressive Conservative Association, and he was a proud Senior Associate of the Calgary Stampede Downtown Attractions Committee. In 2002, he received a Leader's Service Award from Premier Ralph Klein and in 2005 was conferred with an Alberta Centennial medal for his service to Alberta.The family would like to thank Unit 93 at the Rockyview Hospital and the triage unit at Emergency at the South Calgary Hospital and Unit 66 for their excellent care while in their hands. Funeral Services will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue, Glenmore Trail SW Calgary with interment to follow at Eriton Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Chevra kadisha of Calgary 403-244-4717.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Aug. 30, 2014