Of Westminster, 23. Beloved son of Kevin M. and Elaine (Skorko) Jones of 127 State Road West, was killed in action by enemy fire on May 2, 2007, in Iraq while leading a mission. He leaves behind and is so missed by his loving and devoted parents Kevin M. Jones and Elaine (Skorko) Jones, his great aunts Helen Skorko of Winchendon, Evelyn Chicoine of Manchester, N.H., his godmother Lois Progen of Fitchburg, his adopted grandmother Germaine Savoie of Gardner, 2nd cousins and close family members Eileen and John Goguen of Westminster, Janice LeClair of Westminster, and adopted aunts and uncle Joan and Norman Gates of Orange and Gail Moynihan of Leominster, Helen Metcalf of Lunenburg all who love and supported him throughout his life. The love of his life for 6 years (whom he met his first year at WPI) Katie Christopher, daughter of Bill and Sharon Christopher of Aurora Colorado, his best friends Brian Wuoti of Westminster, whom he called his brother, and Nick Fortune of Leominster, his High School Friend and Football Co-Captain, at Monty Tech. Ryan was born on September 13, 1983 in Worcester Massachusetts. He attended Westminster Elementary School, Overlook Middle School and was a 2001 graduate of Montachusett Regional Technical High School. He was a Co-Captain of the Football Team, the president of the National Honors Society, a Recipient of the Purple and Gold Award for most outstanding male student. Ryan was also the recipient of the US Army ROTC Scholar Ship Award and 7 other local Scholarships. Ryan was employed at the Westminster Country Club, the Wachusett Ski Area, and McNallys Restaurant throughout High School and College. He loved movies, his Simpsons collection, cooking, golf, snow boarding and excelled in all of them. Ryan was a 2005 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester with Honors. He received a B.S. Degree in Engineering, Ryan was the recipient of the WPI 1879 Award for most outstanding sufficiency in 2004. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on May 2, 2005 and received the Army Medal of Achievement in 2005. Ryan was commissioned 1st Lieutenant in November 2006. He was stationed at Fort Riley Kansas, until being deployed to Baghdad, Iraq on February 4th, where he was a Platoon Leader. He was loved and respected by all of his men. Ryan touched the hearts of everyone he met. His warm smile and shining personality made him the special person he was. His memory will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him. He was truly our American Hero! A Funeral with Full Military Honors will be held on Saturday May 12, 2007 with a Mass at 11:00 A.M. in the Holy Spirit Church, 50 Lovewell Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Ellis and Knower Roads, Westminster, MA 01473. Calling hours will be on Friday, May 11, 2007 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, (www.masciarelli familyfuneralhomes.net), 123 Main Street, WESTMINSTER, MA 01473. Ryans family requests that NO Flowers be sent, and Memorial Contributions be made to the LT. Ryan Patrick Jones, ROTC Memorial Fund, c/o Monty Tech, 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Published in Boston Globe on May 9, 2007.