Louis Rydant

Louis W. Rydant

Friday July 10, 1925 - Tuesday March 5, 2019
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Louis W. Rydant, 93, passed away peacefully at his home on March 5, 2019, with family by his side. He was born in Saugus, MA, the son to the late Joseph W. and Eva A. (Collett) Rydant. Immediately following high school graduation in 1943 Lou joined the U.S. Navy and honorably served his country as a Radioman during WWII aboard the USS Tarawa CV-40 and the Korean War. After completing his active duty he remained in the U.S. Naval Reserves until his retirement as a Chief Petty Officer in 1985. His 42 years of naval service was one of the signature events of his life. In 1957 he commenced employment with the Northborough Water Department and remained there until his retirement 36 years later as Superintendent of the Northborough Water and Sewer Department.
He was a tireless worker, always working two or three jobs to ensure his family was provided for – “because that’s what dads do.” He and his wife provided an initial home to more than 25 foster children and ultimately became adoptive parents themselves. He taught us life was not always fair and that we needed to push on and “figure it out.” His breadth of knowledge was boundless; his skill at fixing things knew no boundaries; his frugality was legendary; and his willingness to do anything and learn new things to help his family was most admirable.
Granddaughter Erin sums up reflections of all the grandchildren when she says “As a kid, I always looked forward to the adventures I would have with Grandpa. He always made sure we had fun. Whether we were hunting for trolls in the sewer, eating fresh honeycomb from his bee hives, picking blueberries in the woods, or climbing a childhood favorite (of all the granddaughters) backwoods Hamburger Rock, he would always encourage [our] sense of adventure. He would tuck us into bed and tell us “Little Louie” stories, often reminiscing about a local favorite, Chet’s Diner. As I got older, I always looked forward to his letters. He was one of the few who could still put pen to paper in the most entertaining way. I still have some of his letters with tales of his own adventures, sprinkled with humor.”
Louis is survived by his three children, Maureen Wright of Hauser, ID, Albert Rydant and his wife Karen of W. Chesterfield, NH, and Margaret Rydant of Northborough; four grandchildren, Kimberley Gateb, Erin Smith, Tara Holbrook and Cher Jacobson and three great-grandchildren, Jaelyn Chagnon, Abigail Holbrook and Calvin Holbrook. He also leaves a sister, Lorrie Goodrich of Schenectady, NY.
To honor Lou’s wishes, there will be no services at this time. A private graveside memorial will take place on family land in Idaho at a later date. To leave messages of condolence please visit Memorial Donations in his memory may be made to his favorite charity: St. Joseph's Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325, 1-800-341-2235.
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Steve Wedge

Posted at 01:12pm
Sorry to see you go, Lou. I was one of the kids on Crestwood Dr who was in awe of his radio shack in the side yard. Even though I never went in, this inspired me to get my own ham licence in the 80’s.

I spoke with Lou when I was in town for my dad’s funeral and told him he had been my inspiration.


Adriane Gilder

Posted at 10:48pm
Al, I send my sincerest condolences to you and your family in the loss of your father. May the many memories you and your family created comfort you and may his soul forever lie in the arms of the Lord.

With respect,
Your ARHS Classmate, Adriane Gilder

Jean Dargie

Posted at 08:10am
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I don't know where I would begin, I have so many stories and so much love in my heart for a man who I have known since I was a child and then later to be my mothers best friend and care giver . Lou was so loved by my husband Bernie and I, he respected us and we respected him. He attended so many holidays, kids birthdays & much more , He loved our first granddaughter Eva and seemed to have a special fondness for her, Now I see why, I never knew that was his mothers name.
Just last week I was going through my " Lou Letters" and laughing out-loud with tears in my eyes, he never stopped sending us letters when we moved to Vermont in 2014, we felt guilty moving because we so missed his weekly drive by's to our home in Westboro. The last card we got from him was last August for Bernie's birthday, he wrote a funny letter on the inside and then realized that the card he had was not matching the envelope so in his wisdom he did the reasonable thing and cut the card into two pieces and then it fit just perfect ! we still laugh ! Not only did he treat my mother with so much concern and love but he did the same with all is kids, He came over to Easter last year but only to drop off treats for the kids and left, I felt sad because in my heart I knew that was the last holiday I would ever see him at, I have attached a photo of him and my mother at Easter 2014..
I feel like a better person for knowing Louis, he brightened all of our lives, I'm so sad that that time has passed and he wont be with us in physical form but i know he is in spirit.
We love you Louy and we thank you for all your goodness & wonderful spirit that you shared with us all
Our Deepest Sympathy
Love Jean & Bernie Dargie

Richard Rydant Posted at 10:23pm

Will miss you Uncle Lou. You were my Godfather back in 1941. and lived with us in Worcester. After my father, Joe Rydant, died you made sure to visit and assist my mother,Bea Rydant .Thanks Uncle Lou, Dick Rydant

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