In Memory of



Obituary for Richard Hyland

Richard J. Hyland passed away suddenly on Thursday evening, November 16th, following emergency surgery. His beloved sister Marybeth remained with him at his bedside to the end.

Rich was born in 1959 - the third child of William and Ruby Hyland. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Ephrem's Parish in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, and a devout follower of his faith. He graduated from St. Ephrem’s Elementary School in 1973 and then attended Xaverian High School, graduating in 1977. While at Xaverian, Rich achieved academic excellence while also writing for the school newspaper, performing in stage plays, and competing on the school' swim team and earning four varsity letters. He continued his education pursuits at the University of Vermont majoring in English and graduating with honors in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending UVM he worked as a part-time lifeguard and served as the Burlington city beat reporter for the University's newspaper.

Following his college graduation Rich worked as a credit analyst with Dun and Bradstreet and as a staff reporter and freelance writer for the Housatonic Valley Publishing Company and the Home Reporter. He then embarked on a 37-year career with the Allstate and Hereford Insurance Companies.

Rich was quite fond of the summers he spent at the family's vacation home in Candlewood Knolls in New Fairfield, CT. In his early years there he participated in the summer camp program and distinguished himself by collecting multiple awards for outstanding athletic accomplishments in swimming and softball. In 1975, he received the esteemed Leibler Trophy awarded for overall excellence. He worked as a lifeguard on Candlewood Lake during the summers of his high school and college years. Rich developed many lifelong friendships at Candlewood Knolls and continued to spend much of his time there throughout the remainder
of his life.
He was among the most loyal of Mets fans and meticulously maintained statistics on their season’s progress. Rich was also a long-suffering Jets fan and season ticket holder. He loved tailgating with Allstate colleagues prior to football games and was present for many of the characteristic “Jet moments” such as Dan Marino’s fake spike. Rich was generous with tickets and more than happy to make sure that his brothers, nephews, and his niece were able to attend games.
Rich lived life on his own terms and kept his own counsel. He lived simply and without pretention. His opinions were expressed both logically and passionately and, most frequently, with his quintessential wit. He was intelligent, well-read and possessed of a fabulous memory – he could unerringly recite lines from numerous old movies. He had many diverse interests. Rich was kind to animals and could always be seen caring for stray cats roaming by his apartment. Apart from his sports interests, Rich spent little on himself but was exceedingly generous with others and very devoted to his parents Predeceasing him in death was his father, Bill Hyland, Sr. Rich is survived by his mother, Ruby Hyland, his brother Bill Hyland, Jr. (Sue), his sister Kathleen Shanahan (Brian), his brother Jim Hyland (Lucille), his sister Marybeth Hyland (Norrie), eight nephews (Joe, Mike, Tim, Brian, Patrick, Justin, Daniel and Kevin) and their spouses, three nieces (Marika, Katie and Julie), two grand-nephews (Brandon and Tommy) and five grand-nieces (Avery, Emma, Scarlett, Taylor and Catherine) as well as numerous cousins.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 27th, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home, 9620 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 28 th , 2023, at St. Ephrem’s Church, 929 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11228 with burial to follow at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to one of the following charities:
 Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road, Brooklyn, NY 11209
 New Fairfield-Sherman Animal Welfare Society, 223 CT State Route 37, New Fairfield, CT 06812
 First Strokes – Free Swim Lessons for Students,