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Ryan, Thomas W.

Thomas W. Ryan, a 9 year resident of Westwood, and formerly of Needham for over 40 years, died  Thursday, February 21, 2013 at his home.  He was 97.  Mr. Ryan was born and grew up in Quincy, the son of William and Aurora (Jacques) Ryan.  He graduated from Quincy High School and Wentworth Institute and then enlisted in the United States Army where he served as an Operations Officer for the 101st Infantry Division and a Major for the 26th Yankee Division during World War Two.  Thomas was an avid golfer who belonged to Needham Golf Club, the Wellesley Country Club, and the Massachusetts Golf Association.  He owned and operated Ryan Appliance in Roslindale for many years, which is now run by his son Rick, until his retirement in 1981. Thomas was predeceased by his wife Lillian (Denault) Ryan. He is survived by his son Richard Ryan, and his wife Kathleen, of Needham; his daughter Donna Ann Ryan of Timonium, Maryland; and his grandchildren, Marianne Ryan Teixeira, and Daniel R. Ryan. He was the brother of the late William Ryan, John Ryan and Loretta Fuller. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 8:30 am – 9:30 am at Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Margaret Mary Church, 825 High Street, Westwood at 10 o ‘clock. Burial with military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, 96 Riverneck Road, Chelmsford.  In lieu of flowers donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Karen Mason
    February 24th, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    Tom was a wonderful man! We met Tom at St. Margaret Mary Parish when he was a daily communicant. We met him several times at Fox Hill where we enjoyed his company and conversation. He will be missed! May he rest in peace.

    Karen and Bob

  2. Stephen & Anne Teixeira
    February 24th, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    Tom’s passing has left a heartache which no one can heal. But his body of love remains with the many family and friends who knew him, his sage smile and the kindnesses he shared.

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