Milton James Ryan



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GREECE: Thursday, January 3, 2008 at age 66 at Hamilton Manor. Predeceased by his parents, Margaret & Milton Ryan. Milt is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Mary Martha (McGrath) Ryan; 4 children, Kristin Ryan (Andy Krawczeniuk) and grandson, Mark Krawczeniuk, Tim (Diane) Ryan and grandchildren, Joshua & Grace Ryan, Julie (Bill) Wolfe and grandchildren, Billy & Leah Wolfe, Megan (Rob) Daly and grandchildren, Ian, Connor & Evin Daly; brother, David (Sharon) Ryan and nephew, Michael, and brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob McGrath, Jane (McGrath) and Tom Bowes and nephews, Aaron, Steven, Tom & Lynn McGrath, nephew, Brian, niece, Dr. Elizabeth (Dr. Dale Kocevski); special cousins, Ron (Donna) Raleigh, and the large Raleigh family. Milt will be sadly missed by scores of friends from 37 years in education. He received a B.S. and M.ED from SUNY Brockport. After teaching elementary classes in Greece and Spencerport, he worked in administration at District Office, Cosgrove Middle School and Terry Taylor Elementary School. Milt was ever an athlete, enjoying coaching track and basketball, playing golf and fishing. He was a 6 year member of the New York National Guard, receiving the Commander’s Award and Marksman Award. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Park Ridge Hospital for their compassionate care and the entire staff at Hamilton Manor for all their love and care of Milt. Friends may call Monday 4-7 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday 9:30 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church (Greece). Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Spencerport Central Retirees Association Scholarship Fund or to the Lifetime Care Hospice in his memory.


  1. Bryce and Judy Hollister on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    A bell rang today…an angel went to heaven. You were an inspiration to all us and your devotion to the education of children.

  2. Kristin, Tim, Julie and Megan Ryan on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    An Irish Blessing May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand. Dad, we love you forever.

  3. Kristin Ryan on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dad, You will be greatly missed. You were the rock and glue of our family, the ear that listened to me, the special friend to all, the one who didn’t tell mom (just kidding mom), and the one who always cared for others first. I know you are the only only one who will ever totally understand me and I might be the only one who totally understand you. My heart just has a big hole but I know you are in a better place and suffer no more. I love you always no matter where you are. Your daughter Kris Ryan XOXO

  4. Dave and Sandy Smith and family on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mary Martha and children, We were very sad to read about Milt passing away. You all have been a very important part of our history and we treasured your friendship. Surely Milt has gone home to God with a wonderful welcome awaiting him, even though he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Please know that we are with you in thoughts, prayers and love. Dave, Sandy, Chris, Tim, Katie and Megan Smith

  5. Kathy and Fritz Ligday on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mary Martha and family, Know that Fritz and I are thinking of at this time and send our love and prayers. Milt was a very special guy and we were privilged to know you both and spend time with you. Much love and big hug, Kathy

  6. Curt and Karen Conklin on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mary Martha, Our prayers are with you and your family. Milt was a great principal -for our son Michael – and a wonderful colleague to work with in Spenceport. He will be missed b many. Karen and Curt

  7. Susan and Rolf Koenker on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mary Martha, Our sincere sympathy to you, your children, and all your family. We are so sorry for your loss. What a great team you were for 41 yrs.! And how fortunate Milt was to have the always kind and loving support of that team—one that seemed to be able to find humor and optimism in the most difficult of times. Rolf and I are with you in spirit, most especially during your Visitation and Funeral Mass hours. May God bless and comfort each of you at this difficult time. With love, Susan and Rolf

  8. Sharri (Quackenbush) Thomas on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Milt. He was a wonderful man and the world will not be the same without him. He was a fantastic teacher who made us really think for ourselves. I will miss him terribly.

  9. Beth Ann Spagnola Cumbo on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I will always have very fond memories of ‘Mr. Ryan’. What a special man. I like to think that he and my dad, Sam Spagnola, have renewed their friendship in heaven. My heart goes out to Mary Martha, Kris, Tim, Julie, Megan and their families. Remember that one day we will all be together.

  10. Richard Monica on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I will miss you so very much. You meant so much to me. I know you are now safe and healthy and whole. I can see you smiling . I will light a candle for your safe journey. Mary Martha and Kids,,,,,,,many many hugs,,,,to you all. always, Dick Monica

  11. Mike Tuttle on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mary Martha & Family I sorry to hear of Milts passing. My Brother told me he wasn’t doing well last month.We grow up together in Brockpot and had a lot of good times as kids. Mike Tuttle

  12. Russ Grasso on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mary Martha and Family, I will be among the many who will always remember Milt with a smile on his face, and a good word for everybody. He was a well loved and respected educator. He inspired his faculty and students to hold high standards. Milt made Town Line, and later, Terry A. Taylor, the best place to both work and learn in Spencerport. I was so very proud to be chosen, by him, to be a part of this faculty. We shared so many laughs, and concerns together through the years. I’ll never forget the Halloween of 1997, when the men of Taylor dressed as the ‘Men in Black.’ That picture, with all of us, still sits on my desk at school. Milt left a legacy which still exists at 399 Ogden- Parma Town Line Road. I’m proud to say that I worked for Milt, and was one of his many friends. While I will miss him very much, I know that the world is a much better place now because Milt was there, and is still here in spirit, watching over us.

  13. Colleen (Tomas) Howe on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mary Martha, Kris, Tim, Julie and Megan: Milt was such a wonderful, caring, kind man and we are very blessed to have known him! My dad (Don Thomas) always felt lucky to have a brother and best friend in Milt and due to thier friendship, we were granted so many beautiful memories! I’ll always remember his smile and laughing eyes! Milt, I’ll treasure our talks on your visits to Florida and for your love and support on our last trip to Rochester when my Grandmother passed away. Tommy still talks about the snowman that you built with him in your back yard! You always said the right things and knew how to make everyone around you feel better! Thank God we knew you! You will be missed more than you will ever know! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary Martha, Kris, Tim Julie, Megan! God Bless You! Love, Colleen, James, Tommy and Tiffany Howe

  14. Kathy (Jaeger) and Richard Rullman on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mary Martha, Much love to you and your Family. We were sorry to hear that Milt has left us. We had only just met your wonderful Husband but a few months ago. I know that your family showered hime with love during his illness -it was most evident in your care of him at the Reunion. We will keep you in our prayers and hope you find comfort in the fact that Milt is in a wonderful place with his Maker. Much Love – Kathy

  15. Dawn, Rob, Anastasia & Brianna (Thomas) Liguori on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Milt you were one of the amazing men God sent to us. You were one of the few to come visit me when I was born, also here to share one of the most important days of my life (my wedding) and there to lend support when my Grandmother passed away. Thank You for always being that special friend to my father and for being part of our family for all these years. You will be missed very much but our lives are richer for being able to have you in them. Mary Martha, Kristin, Tim, Julie and Megan our thought and prayers are with you and your families remember all the good times you were blessed with by having your father

  16. Christy Glenn on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mr. Ryan’s Family I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mr. Ryan was a good principle when I was at Townline School. I had some good times with him. He was a great guy and he will be missed.

  17. Joanne Trifiro on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My heart weeps for the loss of such a great man. Mr. Ryan, you helped me survive my years in junior high. What a blessing you were in my life. To the Ryan family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that he is resting in a better place.

  18. Ron and Donna Raleigh on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our prayers are with the Ryan Family. Milt was a great Father, husband and friend. We will never forget you.

  19. Kara and Scott on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ryan Family: Although we have never met, Milt touched us through the love and laughter of Megan and Rob Daly. Our thoughts and prayers are constantly with you.

  20. Nancy Davis for MWSM teachers on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Shared times, shared memories, shared joys: These special things keep a loved one close. Wishing you strength for today and comfort in the days ahead, knowing how much Milt meant to so many. Deepest sympathy from your friends at MWSM

  21. Don & Sue Thomas on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Mary Martha and all the family, Our memories of Milt are wonderful. He was a dear friend, Don’s best friend, and he will be missed so much. We met at the National Guard Armory and from the first moment he and Don met they instantly bonded. He was the brother that Don never had. We love you all and send our most sincere condolences. The world is a much better place because he was here. We will always remember his beautiful smile. He could a times be mischievious in a loving way, and he was always fun to be around. All our love, Don & Sue

  22. Jessica Curtin (formerly Weir) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To the Ryan Family, Deepest condolences for the loss of your husband, father and friend. I will always remember Mr. Ryan from the ‘old’ neighborhood when you lived over on Elmford. He was a great man with a wonderful family. Wishing you all peace and comfort at this time. Regards, Jessica

  23. Megan Minunni on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To the Ryan Family: Mr. Ryan was by far the best principal I ever had. I spent my elementary years at Taylor, from about 1993 to 2000. I will always remember how I got to interview Mr. Ryan in first grade for the Tribune. I remember I was excited to go see the principal and not be in trouble! I also remember the one time I went to see him because I was in trouble, and I’ll never forget how kind he was, and how he let me off the hook because he could see I really was a good student and that I was terrified! I will always miss him, he is one of the many people in my life that inspired me to go to college to be a teacher, and I can never thank him enough for that. Please know that my prayers are with you.

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