SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 18, 2013

Herbert G. Ryan, 91


HAMILTON — Herbert G. Ryan of Hamilton, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 13. He was 91 years young. He was the loving husband of Virginia "Ginny" (Hardman) Ryan for over 55 years, until she passed in 2000. Loving father of Patricia (Ryan) Leavitt and her husband, Robert, of Morrisonville, N.Y., and Peter Ryan of Hamilton and his partner, Sherry Ranta, of Newburyport, Shirley Leri-Ryan and her partner, Mark Kelly, of Beverly. Cherished grandfather of Kimberly (Ryan) Blyth and her husband, Darren, of Beverly, Lindsay Ryan and her partner, Nate Haines, of Beverly, Brittany Ryan of Boston, Kelly (Leavitt) Brownell and her husband, Eric, of Fisher, Ind., and Kristen (Leavitt) Ovall of Charlotte, N.C. Great-grandfather to five. Brother to sister, Barbara (Ryan) Parisi of Everett. Uncle to Mark, Tommy, David and Chris and all their spouses and children. Herb was a graduate of Northeastern U., and due to poor eyesight, he fought the war wiring battleships in the Fore River Shipyard during WWII. While at NU, he entered a science fair for electrical design and won for his project with a new idea called RADAR. Unfortunately, the Army took possession of the project. It seems they were working on the same thing secretly. Herb went on to a career in engineering and design that included many adventures and products. In the 1950s, he helped design and construct Argentina's first TV Network. This involved many flying miles and in 1958, became one of the first 100K mile members with United Airlines. Over the next few decades he amassed Million Mile Club status with several airlines. His love of flying continued throughout his life and never missed a chance to got out to lunch with his buddies from Beverly to Martha's Vineyard or North. His second love was the ocean, where he eventually became the Highest and Longest ranked member of the U.S. Power Squadron to which he received Governing Board Emeritus Status. As an amateur radio operator, he was an active HAM for over fifty years. Finally, as a trained Electrical/RF Designer, Herb had the opportunity to develop and design many products including, the first Black Cathode Ray Television Tube (Color), the prototype design for the UPC Pricing code, a Reverse Osmosis Machine for third world countries, the first LED gas pump display and finally in retirement he designed the Electronic Toll Taking Device, FASTPASS. During his active life he always had time and gentle love for all who knew him and he was a person that has left a wonderful mark on life on earth. He will be missed.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held privately. Arrangements by the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.