|Year: July 9th, 1959 Second: 60's Third: 1963, possibly Ď64|
|Flagger: Teddy Ryan|
Top Photo: LVC Fan
Second Photo: LVC Fan
Third Photo: Joe Grossetti
Top Photo: Matt Buda
Second Photo: Matt Buda
Third Photo: Momma Grossetti
The Back Story:†
Top Photo:Hereís flagger Ted Ryan throwing a yellow in 1959. Ted flagged from the track surface, like most starters did back then. Martin Beberwyck continued the tradition into the Mid 70ís, Until he was hit starting a Heat Race. Soon after, if not immediately, all flagging was done from on top of the starters stand on the front stretch.
That's George Gowie in the Lazy 1 looking to see if Tedís serious, which by all accounts, he was, and he always meant business.
The 2nd picture is of Ted attending
the always popular
After dodging errant race cars on the front
Third Photo:LVC was saddened to hear the news that former head starter Ted Ryan had recently passed away.† In Lieu of the news, LVC visitor and contributor Joe Grossetti wanted to share this picture of his Dadís team, driver Link Petit and Teddy.† We thank Joe for informing us of the sad news, and following that up with a special picture of Ted and his Dadís crew.
This motley group, the ď
Mario Morelli, Primo Grossetti (Joeís Dad), driver Link Pettit, starter Ted Ryan, Tom McCarty, and Paul Larkin.
Edward "Ted" Ryan
1932-2010 NEW LEBANON, NY Edward "Ted" Joseph Ryan, 78, of Mooresville, N.C., formerly of New Lebanon, N.Y., died Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Gordon Hospice Center, Statesville, N.C.
He was born on Apr. 11, 1932, in Providence, R.I., the son of the late Edward J. and Mabel Carrier Ryan.
He faithfully, and honorably, served his country in the National Guard, as a Marine Veteran of the Korean War and as part of the Marine Reserves until 1959.
He enjoyed a successful career at Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, where he retired after 25 years of service, and was proud that he "never missed his quota". After Firestone he decided to take to the open road and drove an "eighteen wheeler" until 2001.
Ted had many interests, but stock car racing was his passion. It culminated in his introduction into the New York Stock Car Association Hall of Fame in 1989, after serving as the head starter at Lebanon Valley Speedway for many years.
He was active in his community and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion , Floyd Carlton Post 1236, where he served as Commander numerous times, and the Lions Club in New Lebanon.
Ted leaves his wife, Dorothy Young Ryan, of Mooresville, N.C., and the couple would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on May 25, 2010.
He also leaves eight children, Patrick Ryan and wife, Anne, of Denver, N.C., Jane Ryan and the late Peter Harty of Huntersville, N.C., Susan Ryan and Ron Rickert of Old Chatham, N.Y., Colleen Thurston and husband, Charles, of Denver, N.C., Shirley Van Wormer of Lanesboro, Mass., Michael Van Wormer of Johnstown, N.Y., Nicholas Van Wormer of Gloversville, N.Y., and Eric VanWormer of Albany, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Alannah Farnham and husband, Ed, Chadd Ryan and wife, Stacy, Jennifer Ryan, Sean Ryan, Kenneth Ryan and Charles "Ryan" Thurston; three great-grandchildren, Austryn Ryan, Riley and Cameron Lynch.
Ted is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
He was predeceased by his nephew, Edward VanWormer.
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