SCARBOROUGH – Former pastor of All Souls Church, Bangor, the Rev. Richard E. Ryder Jr. died May 9, 2012, at Piper Shores, Scarborough. He was born April 25, 1933, in Hartford, Conn., the son of Richard E. Ryder and Lois Fralic Ryder.
He was raised in West Hartford, Conn., and graduated from Hall High School in 1951, from Amherst College in 1955 and Harvard Divinity School in 1959. Beginning in 1958 he served United Church of Christ, formerly Congregational Christian, pastorates in Newtown, Conn., Presque Isle and All Souls Congregational UCC, Bangor, 1965-1977. He was president of Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ, chair of the board of trustees of Bangor Theological Seminary, moderator of Penobscot Piscataquis Association of Maine UCC Conference and a corporator of United Church Boards of Homeland and World Ministries. In 1977 he became pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC, Chappaqua, N.Y., and served there until 1987, when he became the senior pastor of Seabreeze United Church, Daytona Beach, Fla. Later he served interim pastorates at First Congregational Church, UCC, Camden, and First Congregational Church, UCC, Springfield, Vt.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan Goff Ryder; four daughters, Carole Ryder of Cumberland, Lois Ryder Judge and her husband, Hugh Judge, of Cumberland Foreside, Beth Ryder and her husband, Michael Tierney, of Greenwich, Conn., and Laura Ryder and her husband, Peter Weis, of San Francisco; 11 grandchildren; and his sister, Lois Reed and her husband, Donald, of Southwick, Mass.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in the meeting house of First Congregational Church, UCC, 33 South High St., Bridgton. The family requests that memorial donations be made to First Congregational Church, UCC, P.O. Box 243, Bridgton, ME 04009 or Sebago Warming Hut – Food Donation, P.O. Box 395, Sebago, ME 04029. Online condolences may be made to