Passed away peacefully at home in St. John’s on July 26, 2022, Richard Allan Ryder, age 92. Predeceased by his loving wife Elsie (nee Oldford), as well as his parents Richard and Jessie (nee Abbott), brother Calvin, and sister Greta Jackson. Leaving to mourn with many fond memories are his three devoted children: son Richard (Sheila), and daughters Karen and Susan (Roger Soucy); cherished grandchildren Nicholas, Julianne, Jane, Brendan, Jessica, and Stephen; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Allan grew up in Bonavista but lived and worked in Gander with Terra Nova Tel for over 40 years. Outside of his career Allan was a wonderful father, amazing grandfather, and devoted husband and best friend to Elsie, his wife of over 55 years. Allan was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and spending time at his cabin. A lover of music who could play almost anything by ear, Allan played both the harmonica and accordion. He loved to travel, particularly cruises and trips to Hawaii with Elsie, but always said that there was no better place on earth than Newfoundland.
Always quick with a joke or word of advice, Allan brought laughter and kindness everywhere he went. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he lived a full and active life for every one of his 92 years. But to those who loved and knew him, no amount of time with Allan would ever be enough. We will love, miss, and remember him forever.
Thank you to Millicent for being such a good friend to Dad. Thank you also to Freda, his home care worker who took wonderful care of Dad over the past year.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, on Tuesday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. A private inurnment service will be held at a later date. Allan leaves behind a legacy of kindness. In lieu of flowers or donations, please perform an act of kindness to let Allan’s legacy live on.
Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.
The Carnell Memorial Chapel
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Reception to follow Funeral Service.