Richard H. Ryczek, 72, of North Falmouth died at home on March 28 after a long illness.
Born and raised in Chicopee, he was the eldest son of the late Henry and Eleanor (Piela) Ryczek. A graduate of Chicopee High School in 1959 and Worcester Academy in 1960, he played football and baseball at both schools.
Mr. Ryczek attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was a co-captain of the football team, a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity and a member of The Skull, a campus leadership fraternity. He graduated in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. In 1973 he earned a master of science degree in industrial administration from Union College.
He was a registered professional engineer in New York state, a National Association of Corrosion Engineers accredited corrosion specialist and a certified purchasing manager.
A former resident of Manlius, New York, Mr. Ryczek worked his entire professional career at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation in Syracuse, New York, joining the company in 1964 and retiring in 2002 as vice president-environmental affairs and property management. He held numerous positions at Niagara Mohawk.
In Syracuse he was a member of the Dewitt Community Church and the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club, the Syracuse Symphony and the Everson Museum. He also chaired several United Way campaigns at Niagara Mohawk.
An outdoors lover, he was a member of the Song Mountain Ski Patrol, Tuscarora Golf Club, The Cavalry Club and Willow Bank Yacht Club Lightning Fleet 164, and a former member of the Syracuse Gyro Club.
He moved to Cape Cod in 2008, and, although limited by his illness, he enjoyed golfing at Pocasset Golf Club, spending time at the Cape Cod Curling Club and with his AARP volunteer income tax co-workers, and the annual Mashpee Musters.
He leaves his wife of 38 years, Carolyn Ryczek of North Falmouth, their daughter and son, Robin Ryczek and Bryan Ryczek, and his son, Stephen Ryczek.
He was predeceased by his daughter and son, Kristen Ryczek and David Ryczek; and his brother, Robert Ryczek.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 AM on April 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth, 840 Sandwich Road, East Falmouth.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, c/o Social Work Department, Rose 200, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, marked for the Patient-to-Patient, Heart-to-Heart Fund of the BIDMC Hematology & Oncology Department; or to a charity of one’s choice.