John Ryan

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He was a born entertainer. John and his late son, Michael, entertained many patrons in supper clubs and venues throughout Massachusetts and the Philadelphia area. Known as “The Ryans”, Michael played the piano and John sang, with younger son, Joe, occasionally accompanying them on drums. Of course, family was always job one: it had to be with 6 kids. He loved a good joke; he was that dad that scared his kids lighting up his face with a flashlight through the living room window. Tough times make tough guys: to help support his family as a teenager he enlisted in the Air Force: stationed in Alaska, he was fondly known as the Singing Sergeant. Shady Lane will now have a higher electric bill: without John they’ll have to rely on the radio for entertainment. Over the years he was employed as a quality control inspector with different companies, the last being Pittsburgh Testing Lab. He was formerly of Drexel Hill, Pa. and moved to Woodbury, NJ to live with his daughter, Betty O’Donnell.

Of course service to one’s nation sometimes has extra perks. It’s there that John would meet the late Modeste Buonanno, also serving in the Air Force. They would share a 55 year marriage and be blessed by 6 children: the late Michael, Elizabeth O’Donnell (Joseph), Joseph, John (Renee), Donna Ryan-Davis (Paul) and Arthur; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He is survived by his sister, Helene Norris.

Come celebrate 86 musical years Wednesday, 8/28, 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, 8/29, 9-10 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 10:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Joseph’s Church, 130 Broad Street, Swedesboro, NJ. Interment Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield PA. Donations in lieu of flowers to The Residence Fund, Shady Lane Nursing Home, 256 County House Road, Clarksboro 08020 will be appreciated.

11 thoughts on “John Ryan

  1. Barbara Hultman

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I always remember what a kind man he was and always smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Barbara(Maclean) Hultman

  2. Barbara Hultman

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I always remember what a kind man he was and always smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Barbara(Maclean) Hultman

  3. Molly Burow

    Kelly & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your grandfather sounds like he was a wonderful man and what a legacy he left behind! I hope you find much comfort in all of your fond memories.
    Sincerely,
    Molly Burow

  4. Sue Hinkson

    Kelly and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather. The gates of heaven have opened and an angel has entered in. Find peace in all the memories you have of him.
    My prayers are with you all,
    Sue Hinkson

  5. Sharon and Duane Alvarnaz

    Betty and family. I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I’m so glad you had so many great memories and we all got to follow along with the many pictures of family events. Prayers for you all.

  6. Clem Jamison

    Donna & Ryan family

    My prayers are with you all. May the good Lord surround you all with his steadfast love, and comfort you all in these difficult days before you.

    Your brother in Christ
    Clem

  7. Betsey

    To the Ryan and O’Donnell Family
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. Your Dad led a wonderful life and set an example for all the Family. A devout man who will be sorely missed. Blessings and prayers as you grieve your loss.
    Love,
    Betsey

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