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EDMUND B. (Ed) RYAN, Jr. transitioned to eternal life at the age of 69 on December 28, 2022, after declining health following a stroke in 2020. Ed was born in Red Bank, NJ and graduated from Red Bank Catholic in 1971, where he excelled in basketball.  He began his college studies at NC State and Brookdale CC, and graduated with a degree in Business from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.  Ed began farming at a young age and his path led to a career with US Department of Agriculture, with posts throughout the South and eventually to Northern Vermont, where he worked as a USDA Supervisor as an agricultural border inspector. Mid-career Ed returned to his passion of farming and opened a farm stand in Colts Neck where he sold vegetables, flowers, pumpkins, Christmas trees, and his legendary tomatoes, then returning to USDA.

After retirement in 2011 Ed continued farming in Vermont on a smaller scale, growing a variety of summer vegetables. His hobbies included fishing, boating, and spending time with family. When his health declined Ed moved to North Carolina to be in the care of his sisters and brother-in-law. 

Ed is predeceased by his father Edmund B Ryan. He is survived by his mother, Marion Ryan of Little Silver, sisters Suzanne Ryan Souto of Shallotte, NC, Karen Ryan Bonfield and husband Tom, of Sunset Beach, NC, Marianne Ryan Gillette and husband Robert of Johnsburg, NY, and brother Christopher Ryan and wife Heather of Enola, AR, Nieces and nephews include Jackson Souto, Carol Bottiggi, Thomas and Craig Bonfield, Megan DeMeyer, Brendan, James, Caleb, and Daniel Ryan. 

Ed loved spending time in the summer in the Adirondack Mountains with his mother, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. Ed you will be missed by all of us. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023 from 4-7 pm at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 11 am at St. James Church, 94 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Bank Catholic Casey Fund, Red Bank Catholic Advancement Office, 112 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701 in memory of Ed.








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