ORRINGTON AND BANGOR – Roland B. Ryder, 92, died peacefully Sept. 19, 2012, at his home in Orrington, after a long battle with dementia and COPD. He was born June 8, 1920, in Hudson, the son of Owen J. and Gladys L. (Alexander) Ryder.
Roland attended school in Hudson, completing the eighth grade, even though he and his best friend Kenneth Gamble were known to vault out the window in the middle of the day to go trout fishing. He was a proud veteran of World War II, and belonged to the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and conservationist. He loved nothing more than to be in the woods or on the water; if not that, then working in his garden or around his home. He enjoyed cooking and made the best biscuits and molasses cookies ever. Roland loved carpentry and was very good at it. He was a firm believer in use it up and repurposing – long before it was popular. His home had many one-of-a-kind pieces that came from that belief. He was a family man and brought his children up loving and respecting our earth as he did. Roland was a giving person of the finest kind. He gave of his time and talents, not only to his family, but to anyone he could, and never expected anything in return. As a young man he worked in the woods, cutting logs, then as a truck driver and as a carpenter in the union. He also guided sportsmen for both fishing and hunting and ran a sporting camp for a few seasons. A bit later he had his own general repair, painting and roofing business which he retired from when he was 65. After he retired he often wondered how he ever found time to work, he was so busy with all his projects and camping, fishing and hunting. Roland also worked at First Roach Lake campground for several summers. He was able to continue going to Petti-Coat Junction, his hunting camp, thanks to special friends, Vance and Eva Lambert, until very late in his lifetime.
Surviving are his children with his first wife, Shirley (Neal) Ryder: son, Roland Jr. and his children, Ronnie, Cathy, Tom and Jamie; son, Owen and his wife, Phyllis, of Henderson, Nev., and their children, Glenn, Jeremy and Kelly; daughter, Jean and husband, Sterling Boardman, of Portsmouth, N.H., and their children, Diana and Vernon; children with his second wife, Judith (Lamson) Ryder: daughter, Kathrine Ouellette of Bangor and her children, Byron, Allisha and Victoria; daughter, Chris Ryder of Hermon and her son, Nicholas; many great-grandchildren; and one sister, Blanche A’hearn of East Corinth. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Shirley; a son, Roland Jr.; and a brother, Charles.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, after the service. Interment will be afterward at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.