William J. Ryan, 85, died at home on May 14, 2014. He was born December 3, 1928 in Concord, Mass, the son of the late Concord, MA police chief William George Ryan and Mary Fewry Ryan. He graduated from Concord High School and was a player on the 1946 championship football team. He graduated from Mass Radio School, worked for a TV and radio repair company before appointed to the Concord Fire Department. Shortly there after he was drafted and served with the US Army in Korea from 1951 to 1953 with the 226th Signal Service Company. He was attached to the IX Corps and later to Eight Army Headquarters. He received the Korean Campaign Ribbon with four campaign stars, the United Nations medal, Defense medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. After his military service he was employed by the Concord Municipal Light Plant and retired as line foreman in 1979. He was a member of the Concord Fire Department call force for 20 years. As a member of the Concord Rod and Gun Club and the Musketaquid Club he won many pistol and rifle competitions. He was also a life member of the Concord Independent Battery. He married Harriet Huyler on June 7, 1967 and moved to Mariaville, Maine in July of 1979. Bill was a life member of Post 207 American Legion in Trenton, Maine and of Post 109 of the VFW in Ellsworth, Maine. He served on the planning board in Mariaville. Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Harriet Ryan, his brother, Richard Ryan, of Concord, MA, and several nieces and nephews. His sister, Mary (Molly) Charbonneau, predeceased him. A funeral service was held on May 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth, ME. Private burial was in Concord, Mass. Donations in Bills memory may be made to Post 109 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 419 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or St. Josephs Catholic Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
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Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home
113 Franklin Street Ellsworth, ME 04605
Published in The Concord Journal from May 20 to May 27, 2014