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Devoted Ossining Veteran, Ex-Cop, Ryan Dies at 78

OSSINING, N.Y. - William H. Ryan, a US Marine veteran, former Ossining school administrator and retired correction officer of Ossining, died Oct. 18. He was 78.

Ryan was born on Jul. 3, 1933 in Ossining to James and Nellie Ryan. After graduating from Ossining High School, he served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He then pursued a career in law enforcement, working as a White Plains police officer and then as a correction officer at Sing Sing Correctional Facility until his retirement.

He also served as Acting Dean for the Ossining school system. His involvement in community affairs included The Rotary Club of Ossining, where he was a recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, and board member of the Ossining Historical Society, Ossining Children's Center and Dominican Sisters of Hope.

In 1962, he married Ann Marie Dymes of Croton. After retiring as a correction officer, he started W. H. Ryan Pool and Plumbing Service. Ryan was also a longtime supporter of Ossining sports programs.

His departing message was: "We are only here for a short while so love one another, be happy and GO GIANTS, God, Family, Country - Semper Fi!"

Ryan is survived by his wife Ann, his sons Robert with wife Denise and John, his daughters Mary Beth and Deborah, his sisters Mary Curry and Nancy Camarco and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother James.

Services will be held on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Leach & Thomas Funeral Home in Ossining. A funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Augustine Church in Ossining, with burial to follow at St. Augustine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the The Rotary Club of Ossining, PO Box 488, Ossining, NY, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Hospice , 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 and Ossining Historical Society, 196 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.

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