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RYAN, Francis X. Of North Quincy, died July 26, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Francis Xavier Ryan was born in Boston on March 1, 1947, to the late Francis P. Ryan and Kathleen (Sullivan) Ryan. Francis was also known by "Frank" and "Fred." Francis graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1964 where he was elected President of his Senior Class and was a Captain of both the baseball and football teams.

He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University in 1968, where he majored in accounting. Francis also played on the Suffolk University Baseball team, and was awarded an athletic scholarship after walking on as a freshman.

In October, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, Francis enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in September, 1972 with the rank of Sergeant E-4. Francis served in Vietnam at Phu Cat Air Base in the Central Highlands from November 1970 to November 1971, and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal. Francis also was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal and a second Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for his service in Vietnam.

After his military service, Francis received his MBA from Suffolk University in June 1973 with special emphasis in Finance and Economics.

From April 1974 to March 1988, Francis served as a Budget Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard where he received numerous awards for meritorious performance. Among Francis' awards were the Comptroller's Award for Excellence, which was presented to Francis by Drew Lewis, then U.S. Secretary for Transportation. Francis also received an award for meritorious achievement in budget and finance, which was presented by Elizabeth Dole, then U. S. Secretary for Transportation.

From March 1988 to March 1990, Francis worked as a Budget Officer at the Volpe Transportation Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

From March 1990 until he retired in May 2007, Francis worked as Budget Officer for Region 1 of the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA) where he oversaw a budget of approximately $100,000,000. In 2005, Francis was temporarily appointed to serve as Acquisition Executive for GSA Region 1 where he was tasked with reorganization and interpretation of contract policy and overseeing the issuance of all contract warrants in Region 1. Francis also received numerous awards for meritorious achievement during his tenure with GSA.

Francis was an ardent golfer and enjoyed golf principally at Ponkapoag Golf Course. Francis also shot a hole-in-one at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. Francis also traveled extensively throughout the United States and always enjoyed golf at the many destinations to which he traveled. Francis made his home between North Quincy and South Carolina.

Son of the late Francis P. Ryan and Kathleen (Sullivan) Ryan. Stepson of the late Margaret E. Ryan. Brother of William P. Lennon and his wife Ellen of Falmouth, Michael P. Ryan and his wife Claire of South Carolina, Paul J. Lennon and his wife Maureen of Idaho, Maureen Lennon and her husband Steven Vendig of Florida, John P. Ryan and his wife Jeanne-Marie of Needham, Maura Ryan of Arlington and Margaret Corbett and her husband Barry of North Reading. Francis is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Visiting Hours on Monday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, North Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne on Tuesday at 12:45pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Francis may be made to the New England Home for Vietnam Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108. See or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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July 16, 2020
I am greatly saddened to learn of Frank Ryan's passing. Frank and I worked together in the Coast Guard First District Comptroller's Office from 1979 until my transfer in 1982. He was a dedicated and very professional budget analyst with a wealth of knowledge on budget history, processes and procedures. Frank was well-liked by his office colleagues and was an enthusiastic lunchtime pinochle player. His antics, outbursts and reactions were so entertaining that the daily pinochle game became a spectator sport for the other colleagues. Frank's passion for golf and other spectator sports were well-known and legendary. His was a life well-lived. May the Lord grant him eternal rest.
John Wcislo
February 5, 2020
Fred was a friend to everyone.
He was always great to me -probably because Maureen was the first love of my life.
I must confess I am probably the only one Fred got upset with twice.
My "job" on the baseball team was to give the steal signal (which all opposing players knew), and to keep score. Fred gets to bat and crushes a line drive to center field- but right to the center fielder. The center fielder missed an easy catch and Fred reached third. When he came off the field he was outraged that I gave the fielder a three-base error. I said: Fred, if that ball was hit to you would you have caught it? He just mumbled and walked away.
In football practice, I was a second string guard and on this play I was supposed to block Fred. The ball carrier is behind me and I hit Fred while he was watching the play. Again he is upset. I say Fred: "You're the Captain, you always say Keep Playing until the whistle stops, we don't use whistles in practice.
That was Fred: He always did his Best which was usually better than his competition's Best.
Enjoy Heaven my friend. See you soon.
Muiris O'Connor
August 26, 2019
Just heard about Frank. So sorry that Frank is gone. He was a good person. He was a lot of fun with a great sense of humor!! I am sure he will be missed.
eileen durkin
August 19, 2019
Frank and I were friends from friends, then penpals when he was in Viet Nam, to "pals" when he returned to the states. he loved his family, his country, and his chosen field of studies, and I'm so sorry to hear he has passed away. Truly a gentleman and gentle soul among people...sorry we had lost touch for so long.
August 5, 2019
Frank was a great guy to work closely with both at Volpe and GSA. He was very conscientious in doing his job. Frank also made time in the office enjoyable with his rare sense of humor,
Edward Wirtanen
August 1, 2019
I will miss Frank's easy going, humorous, and kind manner. Frank was one of the good golfers, and great people who was always there to lend a helping hand, and support his friends. He will be missed by all his Ponky friends. With love and affection, Bill Sutton
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