March 11, 2021
By: Tyler Eckel
Family, friends, and brothers in red remembered the life of former Mercerville Fire Chief Henry W. Ryan Jr. today as he was laid to rest.
The beloved veteran of over 50 years passed away peacefully on March 5, 2021. He was 71 years old.
Chief Ryan served both on the fire ground, and administratively. He held all fire line officer positions up to Chief, Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, President of the Relief Association, and President of Mercerville Fire Company. He was the last volunteer Chief to serve Mercerville.
In addition to his commitment to the fire service, Chief Ryan is remembered for his great sense of humor and his compassion towards those he served. Henry Ryan, also known as “Hank,” was beloved by his peers and admired by the generations of volunteers he mentored to serve.
Additionally, Chief Ryan served our country as a member of the Army National Guard of New Jersey. He was also a former member of Our Lady of Sorrows, where he served as a trustee and as a teacher for baptism classes.
May you rest in peace, Chief. Thank you for years of dedicated service to Hamilton Township.