Charles C. Ryan "Carl"

Charles C. Ryan “Carl”, 81, of Wilmington passed away peacefully at Wilmington Hospital on Friday, March 2, 2018, surrounded by his family.

The son of the late Marguerite (Boyle) and Charles X. Ryan,  Carl was born in Wilmington.  After graduating from Wilmington High School (1955), he began a 22 year career as a sheet metal worker.  He was an active member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union, where he also served as Secretary.  In 1976, Carl joined Delcastle High School as a Sheet Metal Fabrication instructor and moved on to be the Supervisor of Adult Education for the Apprenticeship Training and Trade Extension of New Castle County Vocational Technical School District.  Carl served five Delaware governors as a member and chairman of the Governor’s Council on Apprenticeship and Training.  He also served on various other commissions and councils.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, William T. Ryan, and his sister, Margaret Lenhoff. 

Carl is survived by his wife of 34 years, Betsey F. Corrigan, and their dog, Bailey; his children, Charles B. (Linda Carmichael), Christopher M. (Charlene), Andrew S. (Jill), Jennifer Enslen (Bruce) and Benjamin P. Ryan; 16 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.  He is also survived by his sister, Betty Jane Lehane (Daniel).

Mr. Ryan’s family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the amazing ICU/SDU nursing staff and doctors at Wilmington Hospital. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, 2018 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2503 Centerville Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808 at 11:30 AM, where friends may call after 10:00 AM.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Delaware Chapter, 100 W 10 St, Suite 1103, Wilmington, DE 19801.


Submitted by Nikki on
I'm very sorry for your loss of your dear loved one. Losing someone we love is difficult. May the God of tender mercies(Psalm 83:18) comfort and strengthen you for the days ahead, Psalm 29:11.

Submitted by Bob and Barbara... on
Barbara and I are so sorry to hear of Carl's passing. We are in Florida until April 7th so, unfortunately, won't be able to attend his services. Please be assured Carl and Betsy and the entire Family will be in our prayers.

Submitted by Nancy Crowley on
Jen, So sorry to hear of your dear father’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are headed your way for you and your family.

Submitted by Judith Penvenne on
I feel honored to have known Carl for half of my life. He was a kind & loving man and the absolute best husband for my dear friend Betsey. May your fond memories fill the hole in your heart.

Submitted by Ann Marie A on
To all of the Ryan children (and their children) & Betsey - I'm so sorry for your loss. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds. May fond memories bring you comfort at this time. Love, AM

Submitted by Olivia on
I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing more painful in this world than losing your loved one. I would like to share an encouraging massage in the book of Revelation 21:4. It says ''And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.''please read this accompanied with your Bible. I hope this message gives you courage, hope and peace that you deserve in this time of bereavement.

Submitted by Al Scarpitti on
Andrew, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. God bless you and your family. Al

Submitted by Terry Koston on
Andrew, We know that loss is never easy but too, the memories can never be eased. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time in your life. Terry

Submitted by john Lodge, Lewes DE on
Andy and family, May fond memories of your dad be a source of comfort to you and yours during this difficult time. Christine and I will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Submitted by Y. Holland on
"My Deepest Condolences go out to the Ryan family, I hope you find comfort in these words, "He will swallow up death forever,......And will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8. Trust in Jehovah's promise of the resurrection hope.

Submitted by james lemmon on
Betsy, Ben, Charles, Chris, Andrew, Jennifer. Sorry for you're Loss, I was not able to make the Viewing, Keeping You're Family in Our Thoughts & Prayers. Jim & Jane