Thomas (Tom) Ryan, 75, left us on March 18th, 2017, with his family and friends by his side in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tom was born February 5th, 1942, in Glens Falls, N.Y. to Frank and Monica Ryan. The family relocated to Fort Lauderdale in the early 70's. Tom ended his Naval career aboard the USS Forrest Sherman after four years of service and joined his family at that time. Tom received the rare status of a Golden Shellback which means he crossed the Equator at the 180th meridian (International Date Line). Tom worked as a truck driver for several companies and retired from Mobil Oil In 1995. He was known as "Turtle" because of his slow speed and great accuracy. During this time he met and married his loving wife, Bettye Ryan in 1975.His interests included his family, sports and rescued dogs. His Jack Russell Terrier, Charley was his side-kick who escorted him to many of Fort. Lauderdale's taverns. Tom is survived by his wife, Bettye Ryan; sister, Patricia Sieprawski; daughter, Theresa Murphy; Son-in-Law, Joseph Murphy; Nephew, Rick Sieprawski and wife Ann; 2 grandchildren; 1 great nephew; 1 great niece; and 3 great-grandchildren; many great friends, including Brian Conway. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Tom to the Abandoned Pet Rescue at 1137 N.E. 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm at Kalis-McIntee Funeral Home. Military honors will be accorded by the US Navy at 7:00pm here at the funeral home and following the honors a funeral service will be conducted with Pastor Brian Webb presiding.