HAMPTON, N.H. - Spc. Ryan J. McDermot, 26, of Hampton, died unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Fort Hood, Texas.
He was born in Portsmouth, Feb. 5, 1987 a son of Jeffrey and Donna (Carpenter) McDermot, of Hampton.
Ryan was raised in Hampton, where he graduated from Winnacunnet High School with the class of 2005.
He enlisted in the Army in 2010, where he proudly served honorably for the next three and half years in Charlie Company 2nd Battalion 227th Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood. During this time he bravely served one tour in Afghanistan.
Ryan was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan who enjoyed snowboarding and the outdoors. He was also an accomplished scuba diver, who was very proud to serve our county in the Army. Most of all Ryan loved spending time with his family and friends, where he always had this uncanny way with words and one-liners that would leave you in tears from laughing.
Ryan's passion for life and to be the best soldier he could be was what he strived for.
In addition to his parents, family members include his sister, Lisa MacDonald, and her husband, Michael, of Hampton; grandparents Caryl E. Taylor,of Campton, and James W. McDermot, of North Carolina; niece Evangelina MacDonald, of Hampton; close friend Alexis Cross, and their dog Gino; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Mémère and Pépère.
Visiting hours will be from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Ryan J. McDermot Memorial Fund, TD Bank, 40 High Street, Hampton, NH 03842. acct. 9726395349. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Ryan's memorial Web site, sign the tribute wall, or for directions.