William Hurley Ryan

William Hurley Ryan

    A Mass of Christian burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, which would have been the 81st birthday of William Hurley Ryan, who died in his sleep at home in Sea Island, Ga., on Sept. 28. Mr. Hurley’s death was unexpected, a son, William Hurley Ryan Jr. said, noting that his father had a date for tea the next morning. He was 80 years old.

    Mr. Ryan was the son of William Andrew Ryan and Helen Hurley Ryan Spencer, and he had spent every summer in East Hampton from the time he was 10. After the death of her husband, Mr. Ryan’s mother relocated to East Hampton, where she lived until the end of her life. Mr. Ryan had lived in many places but he considered East Hampton home.

    He learned to play and excel at golf at the Maidstone Club and met most of his lifelong friends here.

     Mr. Ryan attended Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Georgetown University and the University of Miami. After graduating from college, he began a long and successful career in sales. His first job was selling power tools for the Skil Corporation. He then sold advertising for Redbook and Vogue and appliances for Whirlpool.His first marriage, to Mary Fain Hurley, brought him to Savannah, Ga., where he purchased an ownership interest in a wholesale appliance distributor. After their divorce, he began working for Baker Furniture in Philadelphia, where he remained for the bulk of his career.

    He married Isabella Pearson Speakman there and they spent the next 30 years living in Wilmington, Del. Three years after her death in 2005, he married Antonia Bissell Laird, and the couple moved to Sea Island. His son said he greatly enjoyed Sea Island and made many friends there.

    In addition to his wife and son William Hurley Ryan Jr., who lives in Savannah, Mr. Ryan is survived by another son, John Ryan of Chicago, a stepdaughter, Isabella Speakman Timon of Wilmington, and a sister, Lynn Hummer of Chicago, as well as five grandchildren.    A memorial service was held on Oct. 4 at St. Simons Island Presbyterian Church in St. Simons, Ga.