William H. Ryland
COOPERSTOWN — William H. Ryland, 78, of Cooperstown, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at his Elm Street home.
Born Dec. 10, 1934, in Baltimore, Md., Bill was the son of William S. and Katherine (Harmon) Ryland. He was raised in Baltimore, graduated from Gilman School and thereafter from Yale University, Class of 1957. At Yale he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and played center and linebacker on the varsity football team.
After college Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Francisco where, as a Lieutenant, he served in the Pacific on a Radar Picket Ship. While in San Francisco, Bill was introduced to his college roommate’s sister, George-Ann Doty. They were married July 2, 1960.
After his discharge from military service Bill was hired by the Union Trust Bank in Baltimore as a commercial loan officer. He was subsequently employed by American Security Bank in Washington, D.C., and ultimately joined the management of Riggs Bank where he was dispatched to the United Kingdom to open and head the London branch of the bank.
Having spent most of their summers in Cooperstown visiting George-Ann’s family (descendants of William Truslow Hyde of the Glimmerglen Estates), they moved to Cooperstown permanently following Bill’s retirement. Once here he became a regular volunteer at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, George-Ann; daughter, Ann Ryland Beightol (David) of Chevy Chase, Md.; son, John Ryland (Karen) of Cooperstown, son, David Ryland (Lori) of Battle Creek, Mich.; and eight grandchildren who called him “Bear” — a nickname from his time as a football player and by his sister, Katherine Ryland Williams (Lee) of Irvington, Va. He is further survived by the fond memories of the many friends he leaves behind, who will continue to cherish his caring friendship, his enduring sense of humor and his indelible mark on the life of his community.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Paul Hunter, Curate, officiating. There will be no visiting hours.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests for those who so desire, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), 4841 State Route 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service in Cooperstown.