Kind, hilarious, handsome, larger-than-life, flying Irishman. world traveler Stephen Francis Ryan is off to the pearly gates.
Steve graduated from Iona College, received an MBA from UConn and served his country. He married the perfect woman, the lovely Marion Therese, with whom he enjoyed 61 years of marriage. They raised two daughters and endured the loss of their baby son, Stephen Douglas.
Stephen had an amazing career, culminating as president, CEO and chairman of Selas Corporation of America, which he helped turn into one of the top 200 small public companies as recognized by Forbes magazine. He served on the board of directors of several companies after retirement and was awarded the Brother Loftus Award from Iona College for his achievements.
With a gift of storytelling and joie de vivre, Steve had friends from every corner of the earth. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who treated every day as a precious gift.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter, Marion; and son-in-law, William Seibold; daughter, Kimberley, and son-in-law, Nigel Ekern; and his five grandchildren: Mariana, Tighe, Liam, Skye and Dominic.
Visitation will take place on Nov. 3 at Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien from 3 to 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 4 at St. Thomas More Church. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.
If you wish, remembrance may be made in the form of contributions to Iona College to support scholarships for business/accounting students. Checks payable to Iona University and mailed to Iona University Office of Advancement, 715 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801. Kindly indicate in memory of Stephen Francis Ryan ‘57.
— an obituary from Lawrence Funeral Home, where online condolences may be left