OBITUARY

Austin Ryder

March 19, 1924October 6, 2012
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NORTH ATTLEBORO AND CHATHAM, MA - Austin Ryder, 88, of North Attleboro and Chatham, MA, died on October 6, 2012.

He was born at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro MA, a son of William Henry and Marie Celena Ryder.

Austin graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1942 and attended Colby College in Maine before leaving for military service. In the US Army from 1943 – 1946, he saw action in Belgium, France and Germany, where he was wounded twice, and met the Russians on the Elbe River. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge and was the recipient of a number of awards including two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. He attended many reunions of the 102nd Ozark Infantry Division.

Austin was married for 50 years to his grade school classmate, Betty Cushman Riley, who died in 1998. He is survived by his cherished daughter, Elizabeth Ryder of Mansfield, MA and his sister, Marie Ryder Riley, of North Attleboro. He was the brother of the late Dr. Brooks Ryder and Janet Ryder Robinson, and has many nieces, nephews, and friends who share happy memories of him.

Austin Ryder was a salesman at Paye & Baker Manufacturing Company, then manager of Riley Brothers Lumber Company, both in North Attleboro, until his retirement in 1986 when he moved permanently to Cape Cod. He served as Fire Commissioner of North Attleboro for many years and was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Bristol Lodge AM FM. He was proud of his service to the North Attleboro Commission for the Handicapped, and took great pleasure in helping people.

He enjoyed reading, wood working, and collecting model fire trucks. Austin also rescued several Golden Retrievers over the years who were his companions in Chatham.

Visiting hours will be from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, October 10th at Sperry & Mc Houl Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street in North Attleboro and 4-6 pm on Thursday, October 11th at Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road in Chatham. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be greatly appreciated at either the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue League at www.ygrr.org/donations.html (P.O. Box 808, Hudson, Massachusetts 01749-0808) or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org.

Many thanks to all the dear staff at The Terraces in Orleans where Austin lived at the time of his passing.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 10, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Thom Gallen

October 14, 2012

Dear Liz - what to say...your Dad and Mom were among my favorite people during my Chatham years and, as you know, he loved you more than anyone on this planet!His life was not always easy but he made it one well lived.

Jane Pelosi-Kelly

October 11, 2012

Liz,
Rich and I were saddened by the news of your dad's passing. In reading the many stories on line he sounds like the character you described. And I might add the apple does not fall far from the tree! A gift from him to you. May your many wonderful memories esp those army buddy reunions give you strength as you grieve your loss.

October 11, 2012

Liz I feel lucky to have known Austin. He was amazing a real treat to get to know the last two years or so. Love Peter Folding

Mike Crowley

October 10, 2012

Liz,
Austin was one of those people that I feel very fortunate and gratefull to have had him as a friend.
I will always remember the time Austin, Kim, and I we were going out for dinner. Before we left he stuck his credit card in my pocket and told me (with a smile) - I may be old, but if you use anything but that to pay for dinner I will kick your butt. No argument from me.
Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

Mike Crowley

Julie Carpenter

October 10, 2012

To my dear friend Liz,
I know you and your Dad had such a special relationship, he will be missed...
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet him on a couple of occasions. I will never forget our last visit to the Cape when we went to take your Dad for a ride so he could be our tour guide. It was so much fun hearing all the history, all the time barking out orders (lovingly) to the driver (you)... "Slow down", "Back up", "Turn around".... The Rouse sisters will remember that trip forever.
We are always here for you -
Love, Mark & Julie

Ann Martin

October 10, 2012

Liz, so sorry to hear of your loss. Pictures here speak of the great relationship you shared with your father and the incredible man he was in life. With love, your friends, the Martin Family.

Kathie Capeless

October 9, 2012

Dear Lizzie,
Our thoughts and hearts are with you. Dad will forever be in your heart as you are in his. All our love Kathie and Steven

October 9, 2012

Liz, I know that you loved him very much. I'm praying for you to have strength. You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful dad. Till we meet again sometime soon. Peace and Love, Marlene O

Diana Young

October 9, 2012

Aunt T, we've been thinking a lot about your dad the past few days, and I am truly warmed by the strong bond you both had. I didn't know him well, but he was always so kind to me, and it was so wonderful of him to accept me as another "Young" for New Years, Easter Egg Hunts, Chinese food, and brunches. He was such a warm and loving person, and he will be in my thoughts. With love,
Diana

Beverly Miller

October 9, 2012

Dear Elizabeth,

So sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful man and dear friend. I have made a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in your father's memory.

Beverly Miller