John W. Rydin, 89, of Berlin, passed away on Friday evening, March 10, 2017, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. He was born in Boston, Mass., on April 14, 1927, the son of Spencer and Leota (Whitcomb) Rydin and had lived in Berlin most of his life. He attended Berlin High School and graduated from Mt. Herman Prep School in Northfield, Mass. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He had been the manager of Rydin's Department Store and later the manager of the Globe Department Store for many years. John was an avid reader, liked to walk, enjoyed Boston sports and enjoyed summering at the family home in Island Pond, Vt. He was a member of American Legion, Elks Club and the VFW.
Members of his family include his wife Lorraine (Roy) Rydin of Berlin; his sons Craig Rydin and his wife Linda of Avon, Conn.; Gary Rydin and his wife Kathy of Center Conway; John Rydin and his wife Linda of Dover; one cousin Dr. James Skillings of Bedford. He is fondly remembered as "Papa" by his six grandchildren Derek, Corey, Brent, Rachel, Sara and Patrick. He enjoyed the special times spent with his five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister Joanne Wolcott.
A Celebration of John's life will be held in the spring at a date and time to be announced. Anyone who wishes may make a donation to
the Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Rd., Berlin, NH 03570 in his memory. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.