John Joseph Ryan Obituary – Foster’s Daily Democrat
John J. Ryan, 77, longtime resident of Hampton, NH and recent resident of Silver Spring, MD, died of complications from diabetes and heart disease on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
John was born in Boston on October 31, 1944 to John Julian Ryan and Mary Perkins Ryan. The eldest of five brothers, he lived in Indiana and Missouri before the family moved to Goffstown, NH, where he attended Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester, NH. If stories he told his children are to be believed, he was an average college student, decent baseball player, and occasional hooligan who once threw a jelly donut out a car window at a policeman.
John-Jo met the love of his life, Barbara Ann, on a blind date in Minneapolis during the Easter break from St John’s University in Collegeville, MN. They married in 1969, after John graduated from law school at the University of Maine, and moved to New Hampshire. Together they raised two incredibly lucky children, Meagen Marie and Sean Gordon. It was a house full of love and tradition. John made burgers and fries every Saturday and breakfast after mass every Sunday. He taught the two children golf, including lessons in dress, etiquette, swearing and the occasional club throw. Barb and John loved history so summer vacation included history museums, historic battlefields, historic homes, historic churches, historic walking tours, historical re-enactments and historic gift shops . John never failed to take the kids to the motel pool as a reward.
John was a top notch attorney, justifiably proud of the impact he had on New Hampshire real estate law. He was never blessed with great physical health, but he enjoyed a good ride – commuting to work, around the neighborhood after dinner, on the fairways of the Abenaqui Country Club and behind the mower lawn. As a young man, he played folk music in bars and continued to play his beloved Martin guitar throughout his life. He was creative, even though he wouldn’t have used that word. The homes of his family and friends are full of the things he did – calligraphy and woodworking of all kinds. He had an endless knowledge of pens, inks, alphabets, woods, hand tools, power tools, sandpaper, stains and the intricacies of mortise and tenon carpentry.
John’s brooding exterior barely concealed a generous heart and great sense of humor. After decades of wearing suits and ties, he developed a love for quirky T-shirts and brightly colored socks, often paired with shorts and worn until November. After moving to Maryland to be closer to Meagen, he adopted his first pet. He adored Smokey, a gentle giant cat who was never far from him. He tried to remember to thank all the wonderful doctors, nurses and caregivers who took care of him. In case he missed a few, his family expresses their deepest gratitude to you for all you have done to improve his life.
He is predeceased by his wife, Barbara Ann Reger Ryan, his parents John Julian and Mary Perkins Ryan, and his brother Thomas Edmund Ryan. He is survived by his daughter, Meagen Ryan Williams, her husband Kevin and their son Keaton of Silver Spring, MD; his son Sean Ryan and his wife Katy of Camden, SC; and his brothers, Peter Ryan of Charlottesville, VA, Michael Ryan of Hilton Head, SC, and David Ryan and his wife Sheila Burns of Fort Bragg, CA. A Christian Burial Mass, followed by a Celebration of Life will be held in Minnesota this fall, where John will be buried next to Barbara in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Maple Grove, MN. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local animal shelter to support the adoption of more best friends like Smokey.
Posted on September 01, 2022
Published in Exeter News-Letter/Hampton Union, Exeter News-Letter/Hampton Union