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Charles V. Ryan

September 15, 1927 ~ October 18, 2021 (age 94)

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Charles V. Ryan, former Mayor of Springfield, died October 18, 2021 at home surrounded by his family after a short illness. Charlie was the eldest child of Charles V. Ryan and Mary Josephine (MacDonald) Ryan and was born September 15, 1927. A lifelong parishioner of Holy Name Church in Springfield, he was educated at Holy Name Grammar School, Forest Park Junior High School, Classical High School, Georgetown University and Boston College Law School. On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1949, he met and instantly fell in love with Joan McCarthy, and they were married June 24, 1952. Joan predeceased Charlie, having died on March 6, 2015. Charlie leaves 11 children, Charles of Springfield, Chris (Marianne) of Chesterfield, Mary (Philip) of Sharon, CT, Martha of Springfield, Catherine (John) of South Hadley, Timothy (Maureen) of Springfield, John (Noreen) of Worthington, Joan (Michael) of Providence, RI, Michael (Amy) of Longmeadow, James (Michelle) of Chesterfield and Jennifer (Martin) of Sunderland. He leaves 36 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. Charlie leaves his two sisters Mary Flahive of East Longmeadow and Josephine Sears of Springfield. His three brothers Don, Bob and Philip had passed earlier. Charlie was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association since 1951 and spent many decades in the active practice of law. In addition, in 1959 he led the group seeking to change Springfield’s Municipal Charter. After that change was approved, he ran for and won the mayor’s seat in 1961, serving three terms as the City’s first Plan A Mayor. In the mid-1970s, he was named President of Springfield Central Inc., and through this group worked closely with the DiMauro and Neal administrations in advancing development in downtown Springfield. In the early 2000s he became a champion of the Springfield Library and in 2003 ran again for mayor and served two 2-year terms, 2004-2007. During these terms, the State imposed a Financial Control Board on the City of Springfield and as Mayor he was a voting member of the Control Board and he worked with the Board to position the City to regain its financial independence. Charlie was aware of the many blessings he was given and believed we all have an obligation to continue to try to make positive contributions to our families and communities. Charlie was blessed with five devoted daughters who provided ongoing care and support for him these past several years. Through their constant presence and support he enjoyed a full life—this past year he had visits to the Rhode Island shore and the Maine coast and spent time in five of the six New England states. Charitable contributions in Charlie’s memory can be made to Holy Name Church or the Springfield Library Foundation, Inc. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday October 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA. The family will receive visitors at the Church beginning at 9:30 a.m., immediately prior to the Mass. www.hafeyfuneralservice.com


 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
October 23, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Holy Name Church
323 Dickinson Street
Springfield, MA 01108

Funeral Mass
Saturday
October 23, 2021

11:00 AM
Holy Name Church
323 Dickinson Street
Springfield, MA 01108

Committal
Saturday
October 23, 2021

12:15 PM
St. Michael's Cemetery
1601 State Street
Springfield, MA 01109

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