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Timothy Ryan Jr.


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Timothy J. Ryan Jr.

1932 - 2016 Brattleboro, VT - Timothy J. "Tim" Ryan, Jr., 83, of Brattleboro, VT, passed away September 4, 2016 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He joined his beloved wife, Bonita "Bonnie" (Vaughan), whom he married on August 18, 1956. Together they are dancing in heaven. Tim was born on November 12, 1932 to Timothy and Rose (Sprague) Ryan. He has been the amazing father of two daughters, Cathy (and her husband Paul Kelley) and Cory (and her husband Kevin Dougherty), and one son Timothy J. Ryan, III (and his wife Marnie). Tim also leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Paul, Ryan and Allison Kelley; Timothy J. Ryan, IV and Shea Ryan and his adorable great-grandson, Levi Ryan. Tim also is survived by a long-time partner, Diane Bassett and her children Doug and Elizabeth and an aunt and cousins. Tim was raised and educated in Brattleboro and a proud member of the class of 1950. He went on to attend Arnold College/University of Bridgeport where he earned his BS degree in Education. Tim continued his education and received his Master's degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In 1954 Tim served in the US Army stationed in Furth Germany until his honorable discharge in 1956. Tim was a beloved physical education teacher and coach who dedicated his life to his students and players,many of whom Tim has made life-long friends. Tim taught/coached at Brattleboro Union High School, Bellows Falls (VT) High School and at the Norwich Free Academy (CT). Tim found joy working summers at the Seaside Regional Camp for individuals with special needs. While at BFHS his basketball teams won five Southern Vermont League Championships with an overall record of 160- 55. Healso coached American Legion Baseball (Post #37) in Bellows Falls winning the state championship in 1965 and State Runner- Up for the 1966 season. While at NFA, his teams excelled winning several championships with an overall record of 162-85 for eleven seasons. He retired from Norwich Free Academyin June of 1992. Tim's awards and achievements include, Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Coach of the Year, Jack O'Keefe Memorial Award, Norwich Sports Hall of Fame, Norwich Sportsman of the Year, Norwich Free Academy Basketball Hall of Fame, and Bellows Falls High School Hall of Fame. In addition, he was the recipient of the Norwich American Legion, Post 4, Legion Child Welfare & Athletic Program Award, the Distinguished Citizens Award, and the Community Service Award. The records and accomplishments that Tim has achieved are remarkable however more importantly the relationships that he has developed will be carried in his heart forever. Tim was a member of the Brattleboro Country Club, the BPOE Elks Brattleboro #1499, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2445, Moose Lodge #950, American Legion Post #5, VFW Post #1034, and Knights of Columbus #917. He was also a life time member of the Connecticut and Vermont High School Coaches Association. FUNERAL NOTICE: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 10th at Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Brattleboro, Vt. Burial with full military honors will follow in Saint Michael's Parish Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his wife Bonnie. A celebration of Tim's life will be held at the Elks in Brattleboro on Saturday at 1:00 pm. Friends may call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Friday from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers; Memorial contributions in Tim's name may be made to: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Oncology Department, 17 Belmont Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or the , 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 120, Williston, VT 05495. To sign an online guestbook with messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 7, 2016
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