Seabrook, NH — William Harry Ryzewic, known as “Ryz,” of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Seabrook, N.H.,, passed away on Sunday morning, October 13, 2013, at the age of 66. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Mary L. (Dickson) Ryzewic; his son, Lee and wife, Michelle, of Brentwood, N.H.; his three adoring grandchildren, Alexis, Kirsten and Brandon; his brother, John; and two nephews; along with many dear friends and associates. He will be sadly missed by them all, yet never forgotten, for the memories he left behind will live on forever.
Ryz grew up in New London, Conn., and attended Northeastern University in Boston. He worked for more than 30 years in areas of increasing responsibility in the Department of the Navy. Ryz was selected for Senior Executive Service (SES) in 1986, becoming head of all naval shipyards. In 2001, the Secretary of Defense awarded Ryz the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award – the highest civilian award given by the Department of Defense – for his innovative leadership and technical expertise. He also received a Presidential Senior Executive Service Award for Meritorious Service, and a Presidential SES Award for Distinguished Service.
At the pinnacle of his career, Ryz served on the staff of Commander, U. S. Pacific Fleet, as the Pacific Fleet Maintenance Officer at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he directed the planning, budgeting and execution of maintenance for the entire Pacific fleet. He was the first Navy civilian to serve as the Fleet Maintenance Officer, a position only held prior and since by a flag officer.
In 2010, Bill joined BAE Systems Ship Repair as vice president of surface ship programs.
Bill was a consummate family man who often said, “The biggest thrill of my life right now is being a grandparent.”
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, will be on Thursday, October 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. By request of the family, services and interment will be private. A separate memorial will be held in Hawaii at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Dr. Shaw’s ROS-1 Research Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge St. Suite 600, Boston MA 02114.