Robert L. "Tod" Ryan Sr.
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Ryan, Robert L. "Tod" Sr. AVERILL PARK Tod Ryan was granted his final wish when after a long happy life, he died peacefully in his own bed in the home he loved on Glass Lake, surrounded by his devoted family. Robert L. Ryan Sr., "Bob" or "Toddy," born in 1927, son of Frank J. Ryan Sr. and Jane Foley Ryan died on March 21, 2020, following several years of declining health. Tod proudly served his country as a Marine, enlisting the day after he graduated from LaSalle Institute in 1945 and he remained a Marine in his heart until the day he died. While at LaSalle he was a member of the Mounted Troop and the boxing team. Following his years in the service, he attended Siena College until joining the family paint business, Frank J. Ryan and Sons, where he stayed until his retirement in 2010. In turn, Tod brought his own sons into the family business and was proud to see how they expanded it. Known as the "Mayor of Fourth Street," Tod had a wide and varied circle of friends. The colorful characters of downtown Troy were the source of countless stories he delivered with an Irish storyteller's skill and humor. In his younger years, he was an expert downhill skier, and also enjoyed golf and tennis throughout his life. A man who enjoyed a challenge, in mid-life he earned his private pilot's license and also bought a motorcycle. After retirement, his travels with Joan took him across Europe, into Asia, and through the Panama Canal. Tod's faith was integral to all of his life's choices. He was a volunteer at Our Lady of Victory Church in Troy and later at Saint Henry's Church in Averill Park. He was a founding member of The Glass Lake Association, a member of the Troy Knights of Columbus and the Marine Corps. League, and served as a volunteer eucharistic minister at Samaritan Hospital. Tod's political ideals aligned with his moral compass. He was a self-described rock-ribbed Democrat, but he never voted a straight ticket. He was treasurer for Jack Kennedy's Rensselaer County campaign. He is survived by the love of his life, Joan Irene Gaynor Ryan. Their 66-year love affair has been an inspiration for all who knew them. Also surviving him are his six children: Beth (Jim) Matejka of Voorheesville, Anne Ryan of Rochester, Therese (Bart) Stillman of Guilderland, Robert L. (Sherri) Ryan Jr. of Brunswick, Clare (Richard) Sirois of Maplewood, N.J., and Stephen Ryan of Poestenkill; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Tod was predeceased by his siblings, three brothers, Frank (Pat), J. Paul (Rosie), and Vincent (Butch); and one sister, Jane Cloutier. Tod's family is grateful for the many years of compassionate care provided by Dr. Charles Sulzman. They are also grateful to Rensselaer County Community Hospice for his final months of care. A memorial Mass and proper Irish sendoff will be held at a later date to be announced. A private service was held for the family on March 25, 2020. If you would like to donate in Tod's name, gifts may be made to LaSalle Institute, 174 Williams Road, Troy, NY, 12180 or the charity of your choice. Tod will be dearly, deeply missed... last touch. Visit for a private guestbook.

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Published in Albany Times Union on Mar. 25, 2020.
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March 27, 2020
The Halpin family was so very saddened by the news of Toddy's passing. Such a wonderful Irish gentleman! With countless great memories of the Big Dogs - Toddy & Joanie, Tom (T-Bo) & Marie, Don & Sue, Clara & Erol and our parents, I expect a trumpet blasting welcomed Toddy home. Our prayers are with you all in you in your grief and our lives are brighter for having known this lovely man. In sympathy, ~The Halpins
Jeanne Halpin Deguire
March 26, 2020
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March 25, 2020
Toddy was beloved by countless people. There will be a hush over Glass Lake this season, but in that we will feel his mighty spirit. Billy and I, and my parents too, send our deepest love and prayers to Joan, Beth, Anne, T, Bobby, Clare and Steve, and to all of the beautiful Ryan family.
Valerie Lang
March 25, 2020
I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Ryan's passing. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Ryan several years ago at one of La Salle Institute's reunion activities. Mr. Ryan told me a story that I have since shared with many people about his USMC boot camp experience and how the Christian Brothers' teaching methods well prepared him for the challenges of becoming A US Marine.

My prayers and condolences are with you.
Richard Eddings
March 25, 2020
Dear Joan and Family,
My heart broke this morning when I heard that Tod had passed. He was such a delightful person. I have so many fond memories of those twinkling eyes and that mischievous smile. Please know that all of the Ramroth's are keeping you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ellen Piccerelli
March 25, 2020
The Ramroth family is so very sorry to hear this news. Tod and Joan have been a steady presence in our lives throughout the years. The Ryan's were our parents most cherished friends! Tod was smart, kind and had an unmatched wit! I'm sure he and Don are resuming there story telling as I write this. Our deepest sympathies to Joanie and the whole Ryan family at this difficult time. He was so proud of all of you. Our loss and Heavens gain.
Cynthia Ferdenzi
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