South Hadley funeral home license surrendered

Business are already interested in buying the funeral home

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The owner of Ryder Funeral Home surrendered his license to the state and now other businesses are looking to buy the property. The funeral home was shut down by the state in May.

The 22News I-Team traveled to Boston on Wednesday where we found out from the state Division of Professional Licensure that William Ryder of Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley surrendered his license to the state.

A spokeswoman with DPL told 22News the surrender was voluntary and is permanent. According to documents released a couple months ago, Ryder was storing bodies improperly, and inadequately embalming them.

The South Hadley Town Administrator, Michael Sullivan, told the I-Team he was sorry to see the business go under but someone’s already shown interest in buying it.

“It is a very competitive market, there is shrinkage with commercial space throughout the Pioneer Valley, we are happy to see there is interest from reputable operators,” said Sullivan.

As far as the investigation into this case goes, now that he surrendered his license, Ryder will no longer have to have a disciplinary hearing with the state.

Sullivan also told the I-Team it’s never fun to see a business go under like this. “We’re sorry to see the Ryder family leave the business, they have a long history of serving the public. We certainly feel for those families who got caught in the crossfire at the end of the tenure of Ryder funeral home.”

The I-Team found out, another well-known funeral director in the area, Frank O’Brien and his wife want to buy the property and rename it South Hadley Funeral Home.

The O’Brien’s own the Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home and the Wilbraham Funeral Home. They’re a family-run business, and they are in negotiations to buy the property but nothing is a done deal yet.

Click Here to read the Voluntary Surrender Agreement document.

Below is a statement from a spokesperson for the Division of Professional Licensure:

The Division of Professional Licensure works to ensure that the Commonwealth’s residents are protected from unscrupulous practices.

On July 7, William M. Ryder voluntarily surrendered his Type 3 Funeral Director license, as well as the establishment certificate for his funeral home, Ryder Funeral Home, Inc., to the Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.

Consumers who have been negatively impacted by the closure of the Ryder Funeral Home should contact the Northwestern District Attorney’s office.

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