C. Allan Ryan
September 12, 1928 – September 7, 2020
Born Kansas City, MO to Ruth Hunker Ryan and Cecil Ryan in 1928. Died September 7, 2020, five days short of his 92nd birthday. Lived in Fair Haven, Mass. until high school when moved to Amherst, NY Graduated from Park School of Buffalo in 1946 and was inducted into the Park athletic hall of fame. He was the last surviving member of his class. Graduated Wesleyan University in 1950. Married Elizabeth (Betty) Golden and joined the Air Force after college. In the service he learned Russian and worked as an interpreter at NSA, leaving as a captain. Returning to Buffalo, Al went to work for New York Telephone where he was the manager of business services throughout the 716 area code. Al and Betty were the parents of seven children and foster parents of about 100, mostly infants, until they were adopted. He was a Cub Scout leader, won a Gateway Award and they were given a lifetime PTA achievement award. Al was active at Amherst Lutheran Church and was president of the congregation for four years. Elected to the Village Board in Williamsville before the development of Glen Falls Park. He was instrumental in the purchase of the land and development of the park on the old site of the Glen Fans Casino. Elected to the Williamsville School board in 1967 and served as the president from 1969 through 1971, during school bussing controversies. Al married Lucy Reynolds Tesluk in 1994 and they joined Westminster Presbyterian Church where he originated an adult study program, Understanding Islam, in 2002, to address lslamaphobia. The program, a month-long series of books, speakers and events (Walk and Tent of Abraham), was held for 13 consecutive years. Active with Voice Buffalo in the late 1990s and was given their Nehemiah award. A son, John Ryan (Ellen Holmes) and brother (Ronald) predeceased. Survived by wife, Lucy Ryan and former wife, Elizabeth Ryan. Survived by sons: James (Jane), Christopher and David; Daughters: Mary Zimmerman, Elizabeth (James) Murray and Martha Hunt; Two stepsons: Paul Tesluk (Megan Hurley) and Christopher Tesluk (Brockett Horne); Eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and four step grandchildren. There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to be announced. If desired, contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the American Civil Liberties Union.
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C. Allan Ryan
September 19, 2020
I was lucky enough to work for Al when he was manager of the Hamburg Office before he was promoted to Buffalo. I ran contests for him and mostly drove him nuts as one of his Office reps. He was a joy to work for. Always fair, easy to smile, and appreciative of the work all the women in the office did. They say that if you last 2 years with the telephone company you will be there 20. I lasted two years until he left, then got his replacement. She was no C.Allan , When I quit he called me and ask if I wanted to work in Buffalo. I thanked him. That meant so much to me. I went on to work for another great man for 28 years. I am a lucky woman. Sorry for your loss.