Reuben Ryder

Reuben R. Ryder

Thursday, July 18, 1946 - Sunday, October 6, 2019
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Reuben Ryder passed away at the age of 73 on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from natural causes. He is survived by those to whom he dedicated his life, loving wife Maria Di Giacomantonio and son Samuel.

Reuben was born on July 18th, 1946 in Astoria, Queens; raised in Dumont, NJ; and settled in his idyllic home containing a fireplace beside a then dirt road in Cornwall, NY on the edge of Black Rock Forest. He worked for 35 years as a civil servant helping misfortuned children and their families through the more difficult challenges of life for the Division of Youth and Family Services in Jersey City, NJ.

A man who could best be described as a student of life spent his available moments teaching himself design, carpentry, and building. Reuben designed several additions to his home and with the help of family and friends self-actualized through their building, including a three story hexagonal structure that from top to bottom served as master bedroom, dining room centered by an oval table of his own design and build, and finally a wine cellar to hold vintages he would collect as well as wines of his own making.

However, Reuben was most at home in the natural beauty of the outdoors. He was an avid cyclist but also loved to take his time in the forests of the northeast from New York to the north Maine woods foraging for mushrooms, identifying birds, and wading in quiet streams and rivers to fly fish for trout. All the while taking in the peaceful passing moments of beauty that would always make him remark, “It is being there.”

Autumn twilight. Ah!
The rain, alone, is sounding
On the dried up leaves.

- Reuben Ryder 1980

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Barbara Bequette

Posted at 12:08pm
Sincere condolences to Maria and Sam on the passing of Reuben. I met Reuben in the spinning room at Sportsplex. There were four of us (Al, Joe, Reuben and myself) same location in corner of room, same bikes and boy did we have fun! Singing to the music, trying to best each other on who could pedal the fastest and REUBEN always won without breaking a sweat. He stopped coming when the weather broke, always better breathing fresh air on the open roads, but would see him when he came into vote. REUBEN RIP and I am sure we will see you when there is a full helmet on, water bottle in hand and the stars beneath your pedals!!! Barbara Bequette

Joe Piqueras

Posted at 03:48pm
Joe Piqueras,
Hello Maria, I was also saddened to hear of Reubens passing. I missed not seeing him these past years.
He taught me fly fishing! And as we know he loved jazz! again my condolences.

Elsa Cameron

Posted at 07:52pm
Dear Maria, and Sam, How surprised and saddened we were to read of Reuben's passing. He always gave the appearance of being healthy and rugged. It was fun to see him pass our house on his bike wearing his 'this is the life' smile!! We send our sincerest condolences and hugs to you. I know from experience that the pain lessens, he will always be missed, but the happiness of having had him in your life will always live in your heart and be cherished. We are so sorry for your loss, Elsa and Phil Cameron

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