Longtime Point Spring leader passes away

Bill Ryan
William F. (Bill) Ryan

William F. (Bill) Ryan, longtime leader of Point Spring & Driveshaft, passed away Dec. 22, 2021, in his home, surrounded by his wife of 40 years Mary Sullivan Ryan and his sons Will (Heather), Sean (Julia) Mike, Orlando and Ty (April). 

Ryan was a lifelong resident of Wexford, Pa., and positively affected the lives of most, if not all, persons he met during his very active life. His formal business education began at the University of Notre Dame, Class of 1976, and was further refined with an advanced degree at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. 

He gained valuable experience and lifelong friendships at Cummins Engine, Columbus, Ind.  Returning to Pittsburgh, Bill became the Chairman and CEO of Point Spring & Driveshaft Company and was instrumental in developing and expanding the business.

Bill also served on the board of directors at Eureka Bank and others. As taught by his parents, giving to others became second nature — his philanthropic actions were legion. He gave his time, talents, and resources to his lifelong “second-home,” Notre Dame and his favorite spot, the Grotto; his high school alma mater, North Catholic, where he was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2003; his longtime church from birth, Saint Alphonsus; and many other charities, causes, and organizations.

Ever gregarious and the ultimate ‘coordinator,’ Ryan made trips to the Kentucky Derby, football weekends in South Bend, ocean cruises, the Big East tournament, the “Easter Egg Open,” golf outings, Christmas round robins, and vacations to Emerald Isle always fun and memorable.

He embraced others as they were and ensured their initial visits to his Red Lot tailgates, picnics at his home, or his Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganzas were enjoyed equally by both new acquaintances and lifelong friends. Most importantly, Bill and his devoted wife, Mary, put all their energies and love into raising their family and did all they could to put them in positions to succeed. With Mary’s help, that was his greatest achievement and his ultimate legacy. 

Visitation at George A. Thoma Funeral Home, 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090, on Monday, December 27, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Saint Alphonsus Church, 201 Church Road, Wexford, PA 15090, on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Interment follows at Holy Savior Cemetery, Gibsonia, PA.

 The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the University of Notre Dame, North Catholic High School, or Blessed Francis Seelos Academy.

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