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THOMAS RYAN 72, OF BOYERTOWN, husband of Patricia A. (Hutton). Ryan passed away Monday, December 15, 2014, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Margaret (Powers) Ryan. Tom misspent his youth in Brooklyn, sneaking into Ebbets Field to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers. At age five, Tom spent his first summer on Florence Nalbone's Delaware farm via the Fresh Air Fund, an organization that places inner-city youth with families in the country. Tom would return to the Delaware farm each summer until his early teens. Tom remained close with Florence and her family for the remainder of his life, and credited Florence with providing him opportunities that he would not have had in Brooklyn. Tom graduated from the infamous Manual Training High School in Brooklyn. While a student, Tom ushered at Radio City Music Hall, where he caught the daily double feature and once had lunch with Annette Funicello. Tom earned his BS in Criminal Justice from John Jay College in 1975. Tom was a member of the New York City Police Department, "New York's Finest," from 1966-1987, retiring as a Second Grade Detective assigned to the Major Case Squad of the FBI-NYPD, Joint Bank Robbery Task Force.
During Tom's career he investigated armed bank robberies, truck hijackings, kidnappings, terrorism, and other major crimes. Early in his career he conducted investigations with the Organized Crime Control Bureau and was an undercover officer focusing on the apprehension of violent street criminals in a Decoy Unit and the Tactical Patrol Force. Tom had a distinguished career in the United States Army for 40 years culminating as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 Special Agent in Charge of the 322nd Military Police Detachment (Criminal Investigation Division), U.S. Army Reserve in Ashley, PA, serving as the Personal Security Officer for the Secretary of Defense and Counter Intelligence Officer. Drafted in 1964, he joined HQ Co, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. Assigned to this unit from 1965-1966, Tom deployed as part of a combat force to the Dominican Republic for Operation Powerpack. After leaving active duty, Tom continued to proudly serve in the U.S. Army Reserve. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Tom was activated in support of the Global War on Terror serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Personal Security Officer and Special Agent in Charge until his 2004 retirement. Tom joined Fleming Companies, Inc. in Oaks, PA as their Security Manager after retiring from the NYPD. While with Fleming from 1987 to 2002, Tom directed security operations for five supply centers in four states and company owned grocery stores. From 2004-2012, he joined United States Investigative Services. Tom was able to utilize his vast personal and professional experience to perform background investigations for the Department of Defense. Tom's greatest accomplishment was his five college-educated children. His last year was his happiest as he watched his son be promoted to Colonel, his grandson take his first steps, and the snow fall from the windows of his home in the Poconos with his wife. His favorite and oft repeated phrase was rhetorical: "Who's got it better than us?" Surviving with his wife of almost 30 years are children Colonel Thomas J. Ryan USA, Rosemary Ryan, Michele Scully Volper, wife of Jason, Brian Scully, and Danielle E. Ryan, fianc of Carrie Harrington, and grandchildren 1LT Thomas J. Ryan II USA, Christopher P. Ryan , Hannah K. Ryan and Gavin Sonic Volper. Along with his parents he is predeceased by his siblings Maureen Fitzpatrick and her husband Francis, Elizabeth Daniels and Edward Ryan. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 21, 3 p.m. at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville PA. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be Monday, December 22, 10:30 a.m. at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown PA. Due to flower restrictions at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, the family is requesting donations be made in lieu of flowers in Tom's name to the Fresh Air Fund, 633 Third Ave., 14th Floor, New York, NY, 10017.