Agnes Blake Ryder
01/16/1928 - 06/24/2017

Agnes Mary Blake Ryder

Long Time Whippany Resident

Agnes B. Ryder, 89, of Whippany, NJ passed away June 24th, 2017 in Paramus, NJ. She was born on January 16th, 1928 and was raised in North Arlington, NJ, living there until she married the late Leonard B. Ryder in 1950. She moved to Whippany in 1954 and lived there for sixty


Agnes graduated from NYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1949. She then joined the faculty of Morris Knolls Regional High School in Rockaway, NJ where she taught Business, Typing, and Computing. Agnes continued to apply her business skills after her retirement from Morris Knolls by managing two companies. The first was known as Ryder Associates, and was formed together with her husband Leonard. It organized and managed the Bev-Pak International Ryder Conferences, which brought the best and brightest minds of the then nascent plastics bottling industry together to discuss the latest developments. The second, Mechanical Specialties Company (MSC), was a family business which she assumed control over when her father retired. MSC produced mechanical core chucks, which are an essential component for several manufacturing industries.

Throughout her life, Agnes was devoted to her family. Together with her husband, she went above and beyond the call of duty as a daughter, sister, parent, and grandparent. She is survived by a large and thankful family including her daughter Joan, her brother Arthur, her four grandchildren Jesse, Evan, Brian, and Shawn, and eight great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11 am with a gathering starting at 10 am at the Bradley Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Rd. Whippany, NJ.

Those who wish to make a donation in honor of Agnes may direct their gifts to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation located at

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