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Fredrick J. Ryan

August 20, 1925 ~ September 1, 2019 (age 94)
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Fredrick J. Ryan of Winthrop passed away at the Chelsea Soldier's Home on September 1, 2019. He was 94 years old. Born in Boston he was the beloved son of the late Sarah (Selvitella) and Thomas Ryan. He lived in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School in 1944 but joined the Army in 1943 and was not present to receive his diploma at graduation.

During WWII he received the Combat Infantryman's Badge and Bronze Star Medal as well as the American Campaign, European Campaign, Victory, Army of Occupation and Good Conduct Medals serving in the 42nd (Rainbow) Division. The 42nd division fought through France and Germany and as they were advancing on Munich took part in the liberation of over 30,000 prisoners at Dachau, one of the very first Nazi concentration camps. Following the war, he spent several years at VA hospitals, worked in a foundry, as a mechanic and a truck driver before joining the Winthrop Cemetery Department in 1959, where he worked until retiring in 1990. He lived as a resident of the Chelsea Soldier's Home since August of 2014.

He was the devoted husband of the late Bernice Florence (Pizza) and the loving father of Steven Ryan of Revere and Joseph Ryan of New Hampshire. Dear brother of Mary Porter of Winthrop. Cherished grandfather of Patrick.

Services and committal are private.

 

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