Edward Joseph Ryan

April 23, 1928February 14, 2021
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Portland- Edward Joseph Ryan, 92, of Portland passed away on February 14, 2021 after a brief illness.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Connie Ryan; three children Carol Ryan Ertz (David), Michael (Lynn) and Neil (Kim) and son-in-law John O’Kelly; grandchildren Bryan and Connor Ertz, Ryan, Kristin and Brett O’Kelly, Jennifer and Sean Ryan, Caileigh and Leah Ryan, Korey and Erin Ryan.

Ed was predeceased by his son Kevin and daughter Diane (O’Kelly) who he will now join in a better place.

Ed was born in Newton MA and graduated from Boston College in 1949 where he played basketball and baseball for the Eagles. After serving our country for two years in the Army, Ed joined Goodyear for a career in sales, which eventually led him to Portland where he subsequently declined the opportunity for future moves as Ed knew he and Connie found the perfect neighborhood and home to raise their family and live the remaining 56 years of his life. He was an active member of the North Deering and St Joseph’s Parish communities, volunteering his time as Little League coach, Deering High School basketball booster, religious education teacher and lector.

Upon his eventual retirement from Nelson & Small, Ed and Connie cherished spending time with friends and family, travelling around the US and abroad, but treasured most his ability to be a part of his grandchildren’s school, sport and social activities. Ed also continued his spirit of volunteerism through his lifelong involvement with the Knights of Columbus.

Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland. A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. A Public Committal service will follow the Mass at 12:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery, Stevens Ave, Portland. You may view the Mass and Committal service at or

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you follow Ed’s example and lend a helping hand to those in need, do a good deed for a friend or neighbor or simply enjoy the company of your friends and family. Should you choose to lend a helping hand, included is a link to the local St. Vincent DePaul Society, a charity dear to Ed’s heart.


  • William Ryan, Father
  • Mary Coughlin, Mother
  • Connie Ryan, Wife
  • Carol Ryan Ertz (David Ertz), Daughter
  • Michael Ryan (Lynn Ryan), Son
  • Neil Ryan (Kim Ryan), Son
  • Kevin Ryan, Son (deceased)
  • Diane O'Kelly, Daughter (deceased)
  • John O'Kelly, Son-in-law
  • Bryan Ertz, Grandson
  • Connor Ertz, Grandson
  • Ryan O'Kelly, Grandson
  • Kristin O'Kelly, Granddaughter
  • Brett O'Kelly, Grandson
  • Jennifer Ryan, Granddaugher
  • Sean Ryan, Grandson
  • Caileigh Ryan, Granddaughter
  • Leah Ryan, Granddaughter
  • Korey Ryan, Grandson
  • Erin Ryan, Granddaughter


  • Visiting Hours

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

  • Private Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, February 20, 2021


  • Public Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021



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Ross Beale

February 28, 2021

Dear Connie,
Dear Carol, Michael, Neil,
And to all your dear Families and Friends.
We have known each other so long, its perhaps easier - to use old childhood nicknames, for the Beale kids.
My brothers Danny, Jamie - and myself, Ross (Rossie) -

We were stunned by Mr. Ryan's passing.
It is hard to contemplate the loss.
None of us can remember a time, when Ed was not a big part of our lives. Brother Dan says, the Ryans and the Beales were neighbors for over 55 years. (I will take his word for that, I can't count that high!)
Mr. Edward Joseph Ryan, Sir:
You were one of the Good Ones: tough, loving, fair.
You treasured your wife, your children, and your families and friends.
God Bless You, Sir.
You sure were a blessing to us.
You will not be forgotten.
Love to you all!
Ross and Ellen Beale
And our daughter, Kim Smith

Dan Beale

February 19, 2021

With all our deepest sympathies to Connie, Carol, Diane, Kevin, Mike and Neil's Families...all of you have been wonderful next door neighbors for over 55 years. Our families have followed similar and constant footsteps. Eddie and I had the chance to be incredible friends since I moved back to Portland and I will always be grateful for his friendship. With deepest sympathies to each of you from all The Beale Family.

Cathy Hogan

February 18, 2021

I was very saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Ed at Nelson & Small and he will forever hold a special place in my heart. He was the kindest, sweetest, most patient and loveliest man. I remember him often speaking of Connie, his children, and grandchildren, with the biggest Ed smile beaming on his face. I will forever remember his generous spirit and warm and loving soul. My deepest condolences to Ed’s loving family.

Joel Rogers

February 18, 2021

I was saddened to read the Mr. Ryan had passed. It was just last Sunday I drove to Coach Russo's house and with it a trip down memory lane, aka Pineloch Drive. Davidson's Garage family on the right, Mr Ball's Driver's Ed on my left, my great friend from Lyseth & Lyman Moore Tommy Vaughan. When I let Phil Nappi know, we talked about how Mr. Ryan was a great role model for all the young kids playing Little League 9. In high school Mr. Ryan often picked me up thumbing at Allen's Corner. We talked Bulldog Hoops all the way in-town.
No matter what the circumstances, Mr. Ryan never changed who he was. A warm smile, lead with kindness, a firm handshake and a twinkle in his eyes. Mr. Ryan will be missed by all who new him for years or brief moments in one's life. His legacy of how he lived his life will go on for us now and future generations. My warmest regards to the entire Ryan family.

Susan Coughlin

February 18, 2021

Mrs. Ryan, Carol, Mike and Neil, Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Mr. Ryan was such a wonderful man, and I have a lot of fun memories of our families at Moose Pond. My father and Mr. Ryan would man the clambake, making sure the lobsters, clams, potatoes, corn and eggs were cooked to perfection. My father really enjoyed spending that time with him. I know he will be missed, especially that warm smile that he had for everyone. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss, but he's reunited with Kevin and Diane, may he rest in peace.


Wilma Taliento

February 18, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Connie and her family. May all the wonderful memories help heal your sadden hearts. Love and prayers.
Wilma Taliento

David & Betty Small

February 17, 2021

We were so sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. He was such a wonderful guy, and was a great asset to the Nelson & Small team for many years. We think of Ed and Connie’s smiling faces often. Again, our condolences to the entire family.

Lisa Whited

February 16, 2021

So many beautiful photos and memories. I imagine his grandkids absolutely adored Mr. Ryan as he was always a favorite for us kids growing up on Heather Rd and Pineloch Dr. Nicest smile, friendliest man with a wave and kind word. Always.

I remember when we gathered in his driveway in front of a "welcome home" sign when he returned from the hospital after falling off a ladder. Funny the memories that are etched in young minds.

Deepest condolences to all of the Ryan family on your loss. He left a beautiful legacy with his cadre of grandkids - and Mr. Ryan forever set the standard for grounds keeping in the neighborhood that I doubt anyone who follows will ever obtain. May his memory be eternal.

Susan Davidson-Fisher

February 16, 2021

The Ryan family was an integral part of the greater Pineloch Drive family. As children, we had many dear friends and many wonderful parents on Pineloch Drive. We have lost another one of our “dads”. Mr. Ryan was always a kind man who showed genuine interest in all of the kids. His smile and words were sincere. I’ll always remember him as being willing to drive Diane and I to cheering practice or games, and I truly think he enjoyed it! I spent many hours hanging around the Ryan household, and was always made to feel like one of the family. Mr. and Mrs.Ryan have been wonderful examples of a couple who have endured terrible heartache, but continued to share their love with others. Godspeed, Mr. Ryan. Give my love to Diane and Kevin.

Mary Ranaghan Latini

February 16, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Ryan's passing. I have fond memories of going to the Ryan home on Pineloch Drive with Diane when we were in Junior High. Mr and Mrs Ryan were friends with my parents and they all enjoyed going to the dances at St. Joseph's together and volunteering for the parish at the fairs and masses. Sending my deepest condolences to the entire family.