Ryan, Timothy

May 7th, 2011

Lance Corporal Timothy F. Ryan III, age 23, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Born in Stoneham on July 23, 1987, Tim was raised in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools, graduating Wilmington High School in 2005.

Shortly after graduating, Tim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was a proud Marine and served his country faithfully, serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He was honorably discharged in December of 2010.

Tim was a real “guys guy”. He loved sports, including football, soccer, and baseball, he was a huge Red Sox fan. He enjoyed fishing, skiing, and outdoor activities at his house in Maine.

Tim was a hard worker and had a never quit attitude. He was a true friend, he was kind and loyal, his sense of loyalty was unquestionable. He would go out of his way to help anyone. Tim was a man of integrity and his word was worth more than any contract. He was truly a special person, and people were drawn to Tim.

His love for his family was the most important thing to Tim. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with them, especially the younger kids, he loved kids and they loved him.

Tim was a wonderful son, brother, cousin, uncle, friend, a Proud Marine, and a true American, he will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Tim was the beloved son of Anne Marie (Hanson) and Anthony James Lees of Wilmington and Timothy F. Ryan of Malden, cherished brother of Jessica and Kristina Lees of Wilmington, dear grandson of Rose Hanson and Patricia DiDonato both of Malden, loving uncle of Jocelyn, Jaelyn, James, and Jonathan DeFeo, Tim is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, and fellow Marines.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, May 13th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, May 12th from 3-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Timothy’s name may be made to or to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


35 Entries in Guest Book for “Ryan, Timothy”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Timmy, you will be missed by so many. I really do not know what to say….We had some good memories together while you were down and I will always remember them. I love you!!!!!

  2. Franculli Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. may tim r.i.p

  3. gary mounsey says:

    timmy gonna miss u bro dunno wut were gonna do with out u love u lal rest easy

  4. George Doc Fregeau says:


    Please accept our deepest regrets and condolences on the passing of Marine LCpl. Timothy Ryan .
    There is a poem written by a Marine in the Korean War.
    It goes like this,

    Do not stand by my grave and weep …
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds circling in flight.
    Do not stand by my grave and cry …
    I am not there. I did not die.
    I am a Marine now and always
    protecting and serving our
    Supreme Father into infinity.

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    George Doc Fregeau
    500 Merriam Avenue
    Leominster, MA 01453

  5. Roberta Smith-Hery says:

    AnneMarie, I am so sorry for your loss. Much love and prayers to you and your family.

  6. Marlaine Gannon Walsh says:

    My deepest condolences to you Anne Marie and your family, and of course of all of Timmy’s family and his friends. He will be terribly missed by all the lives he has touched.
    “Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” Ronald Reagan

  7. Erin (McNeil) Backry says:

    Kristina and family, my thoughts and prayers are with during this difficult time. May he now rest in peace. SEMPER FI MARINE
    Love Erin (Shaw Tech Athletic Trainer)

  8. Lori (Corwin) McBride says:

    Ann Marie — I don’t know if you remember me but we grew up together on Nevada Ave in Malden. I also live in Wilmington now and want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your son… thoughts and prayers are with all of you….may his memory be for a blessing………….Lori

  9. Gary & Nncy Jean says:

    A.J., Ann, Kristina, & Jess,
    So sorry to hear about Tim, although we didn’t know him as well as we would have liked, he has made a lasting impression on all of us. take care of yourselves. the Jeans

  10. Kristine Callahan says:

    Anne Marie, AJ and Timmy, My heart aches for you and the loss of your son. May sweet memories of what a special, brave and loving son he was ease your pain during this tragic time. In deep sorrow to my oldest friends, I want you to know that I share in your grief. Love, Krissy (DiPietro) Callahan


    I KNOW what the caged bird feels, alas!
    When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
    When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
    And the river flows like a stream of glass;
    When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
    And the faint perfume from its chalice steals —
    I know what the caged bird feels!

    I know why the caged bird beats his wing
    Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
    For he must fly back to his perch and cling
    When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
    And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
    And they pulse again with a keener sting —
    I know why he beats his wing!

    I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
    When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
    When he beats his bars and he would be free;
    It is not a carol of joy or glee,
    But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
    But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings —
    I know why the caged bird sings!
    Paul Laurence Dunbar

  11. Kerri Scifo-St. Onge says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, he was a wonderful kid.

  12. Terri Gilligan says:

    AnneMarie, AJ, Timmy

    I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can ease the pain for you, but know that Timmy is in a peaceful place. You will be in our prayers- Much Love Terri Gilligan & Family

  13. Aimee Sueltenfuss says:

    Kristina and Family- I am so sorry for the pain and suffering your family is going through during this difficult time. Know that he is in peace now. keeping you in my thoughs

    Coach Sueltenfuss

  14. Dave says:

    Thank you for your service Lance Corporal Ryan. May you rest now and forever in eternal peace.

  15. Dave Ferreira says:

    Anne Marie ,AJ,Jess and Kristina. I am so sorry for your loss. He is at peace now and my wish for you all is just to remember the good times as you move forward from this time on. You all will be in my prayers.

  16. Maria Mearls says:

    Anne Marie and family ,
    Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Tim is at peace now.
    The Mearls Family

  17. Norma Rothenburger and Joyce Krahn says:

    Dear AJ, Anne Marie & family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Timothy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Norma and Joyce

  18. Nelson Adames says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I was Ryan’s platoon sergeant and knew him well. He was a good Marine and I am proud to have known him and proud to have served with him. May the Lord watch over all of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely,
    GySgt Nelson & Laura Adames and family

  19. Cheri Laurie says:

    We salute his service to our country and wish his family courage and strength in this difficult time.

  20. The Wilkins Family says:

    Anne Marie, AJ & girls,
    There are no words to express our sorrow. Tim was a truly good person that so many were lucky to have called friend. Now there is such sadness and a void left in all of our hearts. We will keep that smirk of a smile of his etched in our memories forever. May he sleep peacefully.

  21. M. Cardona says:

    To the Ryan family,
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family today and in the coming days.
    SSgt Cardona
    United States Marines

  22. Michele Legrow Noe says:

    Dear Annmarie and Timmy and Family

    We are so so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, we have memories of times spent with him when he was a little boy. With our deepest sympathies
    Love Always Michele & Richard Noe

  23. Donna Ingala says:

    Kristina and family our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time .

  24. Linda Daddio Magee says:

    Anne Marie – my deepest condolences on the loss of your son. I will keep Tim and all of you in my prayers.

  25. Art Enos says:


    Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. Words alone will never suffice but this loss is shared by many. We cannot possibly understand the grief you have but know that we all grieve with you . We all thank him for his service to our country and will never forget the sacrifices he made for all of us. I am enclosing a letter that I would like to think that Timothy would now be sending to you. Semper Fidelis

    Letter from Heaven
    When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see. If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say. I know how much you love me, I know you’ll miss me too. But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an Angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in Heaven far above, and that I’d have too leave behind all those I dearly loved.
    But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday just even for a while, I’d say good bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that that could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
    And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through Heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, from his great golden throne. He said “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you. Today your life on Earth is past but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day’s the same day, there’s no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, trusting and true, though there were times you did some things you knew you should not do.
    But you have been forgiven and now at last you are free, so won’t you take my hand and share my life with me?”

    So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’ll be right there in your heart.

  26. Lyle says:

    Dear Ryan and Lees Families: You don’t me but I want to express my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Lance Cpl. Ryan. I live in San Diego but grew up in Malden and I saw Tim’s obituary when I was reading the Globe on-line. Your son made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and he is a true American hero. I wish you all much peace and comfort as you grieve and remember your great son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and HERO!

  27. PJ Kakleas says:

    Anne Marie,
    I was sadden to read your son has passed away. I’m so sorry for you and the girls and the rest of the Lees and Ryan family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P Timmy, Thank you for all you have done for our country…

  28. Callahan-Ouellete Family says:

    Anne Marie and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Thank you Lance Cpl. Tim Ryan for your dedicated service and sacrifice, you will forever be a Hero in our eyes .May you rest in peace. Semper-Fi. Love Chic and family

  29. The Conti Family says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

  30. Mike Champoux says:

    Vivat Jesus Tim.
    Your Brother Knights of Fr. Croke Council of the Knights of Columbus in Wilmington are honored and proud to have had you in our ranks, even if for far too short a time.
    The Officers and members of the KofC in Wilmington extend our most sincere sympathies and prayers to Tim’s entire family!
    Mike Champoux
    Grand Knight

  31. Mike Leary says:

    Rest in peace, devil dog.

    Cpl Leary
    Saugus MA.

  32. Larry Mitza says:

    Timmy iam glad to have known you my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. See you later buddy.

  33. Karen (Ryan) Crescentini says:

    Dear Ryan and Lee Family: I don’t know you but I have to send you my condolences on your son Lance Corporal Ryan. I am a blue star Mom 4X’s and understand our worst fears for our sons, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and mothers that serve in our armed forces. As I write with tears flowing warmly down my checks, I was hoping to offer you strength and courage to move forward and know that a complete stranger feels your loss as if it were my own son but it is my loss too. Your son is and always will be a HERO to me as he gave me the fight for what it means to be an American. May you find peace in your loss and never forget how much of a HERO you have in your son. God Bless You All – A Wilmington resident

  34. Jackie Carter says:

    Dear Ryan Family,

    My son, Justin Carter, served in Afghanistan with Tim. When he learned the news of his passing, he was devastated. He said that Tim was a wonderful young man who was instrumental in helping through difficult times in Afghanistan with his wisdom and sense of humor. Please know that our family extends our sincerest condolences, and we pray that you will find solace in knowing that your son touched many lives and they are better people because of him.

    Many blessings,

    Wayne & Jackie Carter
    Justin Carter

  35. Kristina Lees says:

    You were the best big brother I could have. It’s clear you’ve touched more lives than I could even imagine. Thank you all for your condolences, from the bottom of my heart I appreciate it. The family’s continuing to chug along with every ounce of effort we have and the support we have is absolutely touching and you all have helped in small ways. I’m going to enter my freshman year in college next year and begin the next chapter in my life and I plan on making Timmy just as proud as he’s made me. Rest easy and party hard up there buddy. I would not without a doubt be the same person I am grateful to be today if you were not in my life, I love you.

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