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Charles P. Ryder
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Birth: Sep. 6, 1948
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 2002
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA

Charles P. Ryder, 54, passed away Friday night a Memorial Hospital after a brief illmess.
He was born in South Bend on Sept.6, 1946, to Harold and Billie Ryder who preceded him in death. Charlie is survived by his former wife, Verginia "Ginnt" McVay and best frind Paul Busch of South Bend and Tom Shay of Holltwood Florida. Gharlie also leaved behind many other close friends and colleagues in the food and beverage industry in South Bend and the nation.
Charlie was recently employed at Eastern Pacific Bar and Grill as General Manager. Over the past decade he played key roles in the development and opening of the LaSalle Grill, where he served many years as Beverage Director and Sommelier (wine Steward). Charlie also was employed with Olinger Beverages Inc. as Director of Fine Wines and Premium Spirits for Northern Division of Indiana.
Charlie grew up in nearby Lydick and attended the New Carlisle school system from kindergarden through high school graduation in 1965. He enrolled in Ball State University, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Charlie was employed as a local radio persomality while attending Ball State and was a classmate of DAVID LETTERMAN. After graduation, Chalie employed his major producing and directing a short film entitled "Golly Roger" with close frends Steve and Edie Haskin. Charlie moved to New York City to further his career in films. He landed a job as set director on the prodution of FRANCES FORD COPPOLA'S first "Godfather" movie. Charlie set up and directed the famous tollbooth ambush os Sunny Corleone, played by JAMES CAAN. He also worked as a set director on the CHARLES BRONSON film, "The Valachi Papers".
Charlie first become involver in the food and beverage industry in New York, working as a bartender at the world famous Rainbow Room with master bartender Dale DeGroff. He mover to California and ran the bar operations for a group of Howard Johnson restaurants. In 1980, Charlie returned to South Bend, taling a job as manager at Doolittle's Pub on the city's south side. In 1990, Charlie joined parners Steve Haskin and Mark McDonnell in the final planing of thr now famous LaSalle Grill. Charlie began a comprehensive study of wines and winemaking, attaining the rank of Cerified Sommelier in the 1998 at the COURT of The Master Sommeliers, headquartered in London, England.
Charlie is buried in Highland Cemetery, South Bend.
Charlie's wish that any contributions be made to a scholarship trust for advancement of culinary and wine education in the local area. 
Family links: 
  Harold V. Ryder (1911 - 1987)
  Billie T. Ryder (1924 - 1987)
Riverview Cemetery
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Mike
Record added: Jan 21, 2011
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Charles P. Ryder
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Charles P. Ryder
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- Mike
 Added: Dec. 7, 2012
See you at Sunset, classmate.
- Mike Kring , class of 65
 Added: Jan. 21, 2011

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