Mr. Arthur West Ryall

  • Born: February 21, 1941
  • Died: October 11, 2021
  • Location: Naples, Florida

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving and dedicated Husband, Father, Grandfather

Message From The Family

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Former Shrewsbury resident, Arthur Ryall, loving husband and father of three, and grandfather of six, died at his home in Naples, FL on October 11th.
Art was born on February 21st, 1941 in Washington, D.C. to Donald and Elizabeth Ryall. He graduated from American University in 1966 with a degree in American History. On January 11, 1969, Art married Susan Blair Sharpe, also of Washington. Together they raised two sons, Andy and John, and a daughter, Courtney, in Shrewsbury.

Following a teaching and coaching stint at the Maret School in Washington DC, Art answered President Nixon's call for additional FBI agents in 1968 and went on to serve for 28 years as a FBI agent in Buffalo and Worcester. Following his retirement from the Bureau in May 1997, Art went on to utilize his investigative skills in the private sector, joining Amica Insurance as a Special Investigator in their fraud division. Following his retirement from Amica, Art volunteered at the Shrewsbury Police Department and was responsible for management of the Shrewsbury PD vehicle fleet, which was something in which he took great pride.

Art was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury for over forty years and also served as a Deacon during the 1990s. He had a passion for history, cars and sports, which was bolstered by his encyclopedic and photographic memory of classic automobiles and seemingly the most mundane sporting events. Art was active in youth baseball and soccer coaching for many years, including coaching the Shrewsbury High School boys' junior varsity soccer team in the early 1990s. He remained active in his later years by playing for Shrewsbury's senior league softball team where he enjoyed both the competition and camaraderie.

Art is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Susan (Sharpe) Ryall, formerly of Shrewsbury and now of Naples, FL, and three children; Andy, his wife Jennifer and two children, of Minnesota; son John, his wife Amy and their two children, of Virginia, and a daughter, Courtney and her husband, Andy Delaney and their two children, of South Carolina.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts on Thursday, November 4th at 11:00 AM. The family will host attendees at a luncheon following the ceremony. A small burial service will be held at a later date in Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in the memory of Art Ryall to Camp Cole, a South Carolina non-profit camp and retreat for children and families with illnesses, disabilities, and life challenges to shine. More information can be found at


Condolence & Memory Journal

You have to earn respect in this life and Arthur was certainly worthy of that. I was one of those fortunate to have work with him on many cases & learn from his work ethic, professionalism & integrity. It was an honor to have known him through our relationship. Lt. John H. "action" Crawford (ret.) Mass. State Police

Posted by jack crawford - Blackstone Valley, MA - coworker   November 08, 2021

I was so sorry to hear about your loss.He was truly a great man.

Posted by Stancy Hanlon - Daytona beach, FL - Family Friend   October 20, 2021

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Art’s passing. I had the pleasure of working along with Art on many investigations in the 80’s and I looked forward to, and enjoyed our bi-annual luncheon meetings during our retirement years. God bless your family Arthur. Rest In Peace my friend.

Patrick Hunt Sgt. (Ret.) Mass State Police

Posted by Patrick Hunt - New Bedford, MA - friend   October 15, 2021

To the Ryall family,

I will keep you in my prayers. My late father was a good friend of Art's. They worked many cases together when my father was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office. My father and Art kept in touch over the years and loved to talk about their Mustangs.

Posted by Paul Healy III - Shrewsbury, MA - acquaintance   October 15, 2021

Arthur got me a football coaching and English Teaching job at the Maret School, one of the great learning experience of my life I was honored to be an Usher in his and Susan Wedding. He was the teacher and I was the student. The world needs more men like Art Ryall.

Posted by David Kane - Scottsdale, AZ - friend   October 15, 2021

Dear Susan & all the Ryall family, my sincere condolences regarding the passing of Art. His calm demeanor and keen observations were an opportunity for many an investigator to work toward achieving. A wonderful man I'll always consider to be a friend. God Bless. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Paul White - Sandwich, MA - Friend   October 15, 2021

Dear Sue and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Art's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.
With deepest sympathy, Ashby and Georgina Richardson

Posted by Georgina Richardson - Shrewsbury, MA - acquaintance   October 15, 2021

I'm sorry to hear of Art's passing. I was privileged and proud to work with Art at Amica for a number of years prior to his retirement. Art was a consummate professional in all that he did and was an extraordinary investigative talent. Many of us who worked with Art learned a great deal from him and he was sorely missed when he retired. My profound condolences to Susan and his family. RIP young agent.

Posted by William Sloyer - Seekonk, MA - coworker   October 14, 2021

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