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Port Washington Community Leader 'Stretch' Ryder Dies

Ryder was the winch grinder aboard Ted Turner's Courageous for the 1977 Americas Cup defense against Australia (One).

Gould 'Stretch' Ryder. (Credit: Patch)
Gould 'Stretch' Ryder. (Credit: Patch)

Port Washington business leader and nautical expert Gould “Stretch” Ryder died Thursday.

A driving community force with the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, Ryder was described as an amazing community leader, husband and father by friends and colleagues.

"So many of our projects and activities have been so successful due to his insight and working so hard to make them be as successful as they have become today," said Port Washington Chamber of Commerce Co-president Warren Schein.

Among his many contributions to the community, Ryder was chairman of the Nautical Center of the Port Washington Public Library and manager of the Capri Marina.

Most notably, Ryder was the winch grinder for Ted Turner aboard Courageous for the 1977 Americas Cup defense against Australia (One).

Ryder is survived by his wife Gerry, sons Michael and Christopher.

A special service will be held for Ryder on Friday, Nov. 1, from 2-5 p.m. at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington, according to the COC.

Steve Kaplan October 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM
A tremendous loss to us all . Stretch was a true friend to all those that live and work in Port. Many times just in the background, but always there doing the right thing and trying to make things better. I will always remember Stretch and my heart and prayers goes out to Gerry and the family - Please know how much we all loved Stretch and thank you for sharing him with us.
Adina Genn (Editor) October 25, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Wow, it seems like yesterday when I took that photo of Stretch when he was being honored at the Chamber of Commerce at Fish Kebab. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.
john lewis October 25, 2013 at 09:35 AM
stretch was good man.....one of the good guys at port youth activities
Bob Hodson October 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Stretch was a "quiet giant" in our community, positively impacting so very many areas from youth activities to the Chamber of Commerce, to the Town of North Hempstead Waterfront Commission and local boating, never seeking recognition or accolades. His legacy will live on in our town and in the hearts of everyone he touched.
hank ratner October 25, 2013 at 03:15 PM
May Stretch's memory live on forever. Rest in peace my friend.
Nancy Bettcher Dooley October 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Stretch Ryder ... truly one of the good guys ... will be dearly missed by so many ... our hearts go out to his beautiful family. His legacy will live on, not only in the history books, but in the hearts of all who knew him. RIP Stretch, RIP.

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