DANIEL RYAN SR. BURLINGTON - Daniel Ryan Sr., lifelong New York Yankee fan and proud Irishman, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, after a brief illness, with his family by his side. Born in Burlington, the oldest of six children to Harold and Mary Ryan, Dan spent his early years on Lakeview Terrace. His very first job, at 12 years old, was making sauerkraut at Kieslich's Market. Dan graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947 and went on to serve his country in the Korean Conflict. Dan always possessed a strong work ethic, and was known to work as many as three jobs at a time. He was employed by Collins Dairy and Grand Union Supermarket, but his career was spent as a security guard at General Electric, and subsequently Martin Marietta and General Dynamics. He retired in 2001 and went on to truly enjoy his retirement golfing, bowling, attending sporting events (especially those his grandsons participated in), assembling complicated puzzles and going to the beach. He spent his mornings with his pals at McDonald's drinking coffee while debating politics and sports; and enjoyed Happy Hour Fridays at the Elks Club with family and friends. Dan also enjoyed his yearly pilgrimage to Saratoga to see the ponies run. A great believer in giving back to his community, Dan volunteered for many years at Ethan Allen Homestead, Meals on Wheels, and the Military Museum at Ft. Ethan Allen. He was a member of many local civic clubs and served as an officer at the BPOE "Elks "Club in Burlington. Dan was a man of great faith. The Catholic Church was integral to his life and a tremendous source of comfort and strength. He was also proud of his Irish heritage. Dan never met a man (or lady) that he didn't like and leaves many friends behind. He loved his class reunions for Cathedral High and was looking forward to attending this year's reunion. He was very proud of his family and leaves behind his sons, Daniel Ryan Jr. (wife, Lisa Rosen Ryan) and Martin Ryan. As well, he leaves his much loved grandsons, Owen, Connor and Braden; sisters, Catherine McEnrue, Mary Howells and Margaret Douglas (husband, Walter); brother, John Ryan (wife, Claire); and his very special friend, Rena Bevins. He also leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Tom Ryan; second wife, Ann Petrie Ryan; best friend, Jimmy McEnrue; and his mother-in-law, Mary Niles. Dan was often heard to say, "A really good day was a day when the Yankees won." Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at St. Marks Church, North Avenue, Burlington.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2013