Gerald Hastings Ryder

January 28, 1939 - March 24, 2008

01/28/1939 - 03/24/2008

Past Services

Thursday March 27, 2008
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Thursday March 27, 2008
12:00 pm
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Chapel Bishops Chapel
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

RYDER, Gerald Hastings, of Wheeling WV, died peacefully at home on Monday, March 24, 2008.
Born January 28, 1939 in Clinton Mass., Gerald was the son of Josephine Josefa Nicewicz and John J. Ryder. He received his PhD in Mathematics from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1965 and taught at Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY; Montana State University in Bozeman, MT; and Carysfort and St. Patrick’s Colleges in Dublin, Ireland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother John and his sister Janet Tivnan. He is survived by his wife, Carole Niehaus Ryder of Wheeling; son Sean and daughter in law Aine, of Galway, Ireland; daughter, Meghan of Greystones, Ireland; sister, Patricia Ryder Schoville of Old Saybrook, CT, and grandchildren Micheal, Tristan, Holly, Kawika, Rebecca, and Eanna. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Rites which will be held Thursday, March 27, 2008 at Noon at the Bishops Chapel, Mt Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling. Interment will follow at Mt Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 123 Peters Run Rd, Wheeling WV 26003 or to Lazarus Halfway House, 95 E. 11th Street, Wheeling WV 26003. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Phil Ryder
8 years ago

Carole, I’m really not great at writing but even though Gerry and I weren’t close, I remembered looking up to him when I was a kid. I’d hear the great things he did and was and brag about him. The few times we did talk it was like listening to Indiana Jones! He loved his family too. One time he told me about some of his experiences in Ireland and made me want to take the next flight over there! My only regret is not having gotten to know him better. He was a real great guy. Take care.

Jerilyn Pelikan
8 years ago

Dear Carole,

May God’s love, the comfort of your family and the many, many beautiful memories of Gerry bring you peace and rest in your heart each and every day.

Love and Blessings,


Pokey and Jerry
8 years ago

Dear Carole,

God gave us memory so we could have roses in December. I know your memories will sustain you now.

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

We will see you this Spring.

With Love,

Pokey and Jerry

Andrew J. Tivnan Jr.
8 years ago

I believe God has a special place for my uncle Gerald. Thanks for the good times when I was a youngster in Potsdam, N.Y. and Bozeman MT. I pray for the Mercy of God, May you rest in Peace with Mimi, grandpa Ryder, uncle Jack and my mom Janet. Amen.

Eternal Love,

Andrew Jr.

Colleen Ryder Champagne
8 years ago

I will never forget my intelligent cousin. His strength holding me as a small child and calling me little one, when I became too excited during family get togethers. As he said again when he came to Massachusetts in 1996 to attend a family anniversary of our Aunt Jewel and Uncle John Santangelo. He hugged me as a grownup again saying “Hey Little One!”. We talked about the college I was attending and he listened to me say how hard it was while raising kids and working at the sametime. I love him and will surely miss my wonderful cousin…CRC

Emily Cullen
8 years ago

I wish to express my deepest sympathy to all the Ryder family on your great loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time…

Emily Cullen, doctoral student, The Moore Institute, NUI, Galway, Ireland

Justin Tonra
8 years ago

My deepest sympathies on the death of Gerald. You are all in my thoughts this week.

Barry Crosbie
8 years ago

To the Ryder Family,

I wish to express my deepest sympathy in your loss and to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.