Robert J Ryan of Amherst, MA, formerly of Sun Valley, ID and Marlborough, MA, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, January 30th 2014, at the age of 70. Bob, to all who knew him, lived life to leave a positive impact on others, and to leave the world a more peaceful and accepting place. Bob was born in the Bronx, NY, son of the late Raymond and Mary [Fitzpatrick] Ryan. He attended Fordham Preparatory High School and Le Moyne College where he studied biology, before receiving his Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College. After college he served in the US Navy. Bob was known for his wit, his endless energy, and his intellectual curiosity.He loved to travel, learn about new cultures, and mostly to meet new people. He relished any opportunity to both teach and learn, and continued taking and teaching classes throughout his life. It was rare to have a conversation with Bob where you did not leave a little wiser, a little more compassionate, and with a smile on your face. Bob is survived by his former spouse Ginger and five sons, Jeff, Paul, Brian, Colin & Matt, and his brothers Gerry and Don. Calling hours will be held at John P. Rowe Funeral Home,57 Main St, Marlborough MA, on Thursday February 6th, from 4-7pm. Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life immediately following. Bob will be cremated according to his wishes, with a burial to follow at the familys convenience. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sierra Club Foundation to honor Bobs love of education and the outdoors. www.sierraclubfoundation.org
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Published in MetroWest Daily News on Feb. 4, 2014