Ed “Beany” Ryan, a member of Warren High’s State Schoolboy Championship baseball team of 1939 joined the rest of his teammates at the “big field in heaven” on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at home, at the age of 94.
In 1938 he led the state in hitting with an overall average of .585 and .611 in Class C Division. The Warren and Barrington Gazette called him the greatest first baseman in the history of Warren baseball. He was inducted into the Warren Athletic Hall of Fame in April 2000 along with his teammates from the championship team of ‘39.
He was the son of the late William “Beany” Ryan, also an athletic hall of fame inductee and Annabel Manchester of Warren. Beany’s father, Beany, was the beginning of the fruitful baseball legacy for the town of Warren.
He was predeceased by his brothers, William “Beany”, John “Russell” and sister Eleanor (Rimoshytus) Dutra.
After 5 years in the Army assigned to Fort Adams, Newport during World War II, he resided in Barrington for over 60 years with his wife Marion (Perry) deceased, who was a Barrington native.
Beany leaves two daughters, Kathleen Kershaw and Barbara Ryan both of Cape Coral, Fla., 2 granddaughters, Meghan Cundiff and Kimberly Grove, 4 grandsons, Justin Smith, Michael Kershaw, Christopher Kershaw and Greg Kershaw, along with 7 great-grandsons.
He was a lace weaver for over 40 years at the Rhode Island Lace Works. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Warren Athletic Foundation. REST IN PEACE Ed, Beany, Dad, Grandpa and GiGi.