continued Rycraft leaves behind his wife, Catherine, four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as a brother and a sister.
He also leaves behind a town he helped to shape.
“Rye backed up his positions with documented research,” said former Supervisor James Rowley. “His preparation had a meticulous quality to it. I had great respect for Rye. The town will miss him.”
Rycraft’s family has organized two public memorial services for the longtime politician. There will be a reception starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Meghan MacMurphy’s, 7990 Oswego Road, Liverpool, as well as a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 21 Cherry Tree Circle, Liverpool.
The family has asked that contributions in lieu of flowers be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Foundation.