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John Terrence Ryan
  • In lieu of flowers, donations can be made by check to the Tech Prep Jack Ryan Scholarship Fund and sent to 369 Hillcrest Rd., Needham, MA 02492.

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“Dear Steve, its a heavy loss no matter the year or reason we lose a father. Please know we will pray for you and your family in that your grieving...Read More »
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“Dear Eileen and family,I am so sorry to hear about Jack. He was my first supervisor at Brookline High School and I could not have asked for a finer...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Susan Stark - Gloucester, MA

“Dear Eileen and family, So sorry to hear of John's passing - Thinking of you all at this sad time in your lives!. Prayers and hugs to you all -...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Peter & Brooks - Brewster, MA

“We will not forget John and Eileen's time with us in our home in Swinford, County Mayo Ireland several years ago. We enjoyed good craic ! We also...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Tom and Janice Fairchld and Knebl - TX

“God just Welcomed another Irishman--true to the core!!!Loved his HIS TEAMS--Red Sox, Patriots. Celtics, Bruins!!! vs. Detroits!!!!Grateful to have...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Edward Fairchild - MI - Family

“Very sorry for your loss, John. Your father sounds like a very special man. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Connie Wynne - Weston, MA

“So very sorry for your loss, we will keep your father & you family in our prayers . ”
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John Terrence Ryan, 85, of Needham, MA, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of December 24, surrounded by his four children and wife of more than 60 years.
Born in Cranston, R.I., on Aug. 7, 1932 to John and Caroline Ryan, John attended Rhode Island College, where he met his wife Eileen, and later earned two master's degrees, from Boston College and Boston University. John served in the Army for two years and devoted his career to public school education, first in Trenton, N.J., and then for nearly 30 years at Brookline High School, where a scholarship was created in his name upon his retirement in 1995. He consulted in the education field in the years after. Known as Jack to colleagues and many of his friends, he influenced countless students as an English and Social Studies teacher, a guidance counselor and as the chair of Brookline High's Occupational (Vocational – Technical) Education Program, as well as by coaching many youth sports teams for his children. During his retirement, John remained an avid golfer, a faithful parishioner at St. Bartholomew's in Needham and traveled extensively with Eileen across North America and Europe.
He is predeceased by his beloved cousins, Carolyn Duggan and Dorothy McLaughlin, to whom he provided great comfort and assistance in their later years. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; children Stephen, Mary Antonellis, Michael and John; son-in-law Chris Antonellis and daughters-in-law Jeannie and Fiona; and grandchildren Caroline, Ellie, Ruby and Violet.
His funeral will be from the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave Needham on Thurs Dec 28 at Noon followed by his Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bartholomew Church at 1 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours Wed 4-7 PM. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made by check to the Tech Prep Jack Ryan Scholarship Fund and sent to 369 Hillcrest Rd., Needham, MA 02492.

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St. Mary's Cemetery

1 Wellesley Ave. Needham, MA 02494
(617) 244-0558