Matthew Terence Ryan, 81, a lifelong resident of Pompton Plains, NJ, passed away on February 22, 2022, peacefully at home.
Many people knew him as Terry. Growing up in Pompton Plains started his lifelong love of horses and cars. He attended Butler High School. He made his living as a mason as a member of Mason Union BACNJ #4 for forty years. Following his grandfather’s footsteps, who was the head blacksmith for the City of Newark, Terry learned how to be a farrier, a specialist who shoes horses. He told great stories of driving his first car, a ‘56 T-bird, around town. His family property, growing now, is the location of the street named Ryan Lane in Pompton Plains. He would tell stories about how the property went back to PV Park and that he and his friends would ride bikes and enjoy playing there when he was a boy.
Terry has five children with his first wife, Ann Keller Ryan, and a son. He met Marge more than 35 years ago and what started as a great friendship grew into a long and loving marriage of 30 years. Terry always complimented Marge’s cooking and they shared a great love of their dog Sam Elliot. He enjoyed listening to Patsy Cline, Kenny Rogers and country music and was a great dancer. He was a unique and original human being who lived life to its fullest, with a great sense of humor and a warm heart that he extended to those in need. He was a great storyteller and had many friends. He enjoyed meeting his friends at the VFW 174 in Wayne in the afternoon where they would engage in fun talk, stories and jokes and Terry’s quick wink when he was amused. He will be missed and remembered by many as a gentleman and a friend.
Terry is survived by his wife Margret, (Marge), Hines, and her family, his brothers Thomas Ryan, also of Pompton Plains and Jack Ryan, of Ponce Inlet, FL; his sister Twinkie Ryan Polizzi, of Franklin Lakes, NJ; his children, Tina Ryan Veatch of Rockport TX, Matthew Ryan of Casselberry, FL, Patrick Ryan Casselberry, FL , Tammy Ryan of Glenwood, NJ , Kelly Ryan of Clifton, NJ and Sean Ryan of Wantage, NJ, and his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his loving parents, Matthew and Catherine Ryan, and sisters, Joan Ryan Clark and Susanne Ryan Purdue.
There will be a memorial service to honor his memory at the Anthony Wayne American Legion Post 174, 55 Mountainview Boulevard, Wayne, NJ 07470 on Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 12pm to 4pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to the Anthony Wayne American Legion Post 174 or your local American Legion VFW.