Stephen C. Ryder, 79, a lifelong Framingham resident, died Friday, November 2, 2018 after a period of declining health. A 21 year heart transplant survivor, Steve was born in Framingham, the son of the late Stephen R. & Eileen (Hayes) Ryder. For more then 56 years he has been the beloved husband of Marguerite E. (Keaney).
Steve graduated from Framingham High School in 1957, earned his B.A. from St. Anselm’s College in 1966, and his M.Ed from Framingham State College in 1969. A talented baseball player, he signed a contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1958, and donated his bonus money to his father who started Ryder Sand & Gravel in Milford, NH.
After a successful four year career he came back east to marry the love of his life Margi, and continue his education while still playing baseball in the Boston Park League until 1968, eventually being inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1987.
Steve taught at Marian High, Coolidge Jr. High School, Natick, was the Athletic Director at Framingham State College, as well as a counselor in continuing education. He coached baseball, basketball, and football at Marian High, Natick High, Framingham American Legion Baseball, and Framingham State College.
Affectionately known as “Mr. Framingham”, he loved his community, following local politics, and was proud to help out in anyway he could.
Besides his wife Margi, Steve is survived by his daughter, Christine M. Lessing & her husband Aaron of Framingham, his grandchildren, Shea, Ryder, Maire, and Trey, his sisters, Lynne Erdody, Sharleen Peters, and Maddy Ryder, he is also survived by many nephews, a niece, and the Glew cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Peaches Ryder.
Family and friends will honor and remember Steve’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham, on Tuesday, November 6th from 4 – 8 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday morning in St. Bridget’s Church, 830 Worcester Rd. (Rt 9 E) at 10 o’clock. Interment in St. Stephens Cemetery.
A 2nd generation FHS participant, remembrances may be made in Steve’s name to: The Framingham Heart Study, 73 Mt. Wayte Ave. Framingham, MA 01702, www.framinghamheartstudy.org.
Framingham Heart Study
73 Mt. Wayte Ave., Framingham MA 01702