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Donald Joseph Ryan 1925 - 2014

Donald Joseph Ryan

This Guest Book has been kept online until 9/14/2015 by Goble Funeral Home.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Your light will shine on in all whose lives you touched Professor Don Ryan.

Mary Ellen
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Remembering Don Ryan
August 21, 2014

Over 10 years ago, when I was a student at Sussex County Community College, I was very fortunate to have Don Ryan as my teacher, mentor, and friend. During this time, Professor Don Ryan's gentle and compassionate manner nurtured my self-confidence, which allowed me to sharpen my critical thinking skills. He was a bright light in my life that has never dimmed throughout the years since I was his student.

My daughter was also a student of Don's and she kept in touch with him for many years. During their conversations, he would always mention me and send kind words my way. We appreciate the positive influence that Don brought to our lives.

I always looked forward to the inspirational quotations that were on his classroom's blackboard; oftentimes, there was a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote and I could always relate to these quotes. So I will leave with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

“Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.”

Mary Ellen Bruno

P. S. Though I am sad to know that you are no longer with us Professor Don Ryan, it gives me some comfort to know that I have another angel looking down upon me as I continue my journey through life.

Love, Mary Ellen
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Professor Don Ryan was an amazing Philosophy Professor. I took two classes with him, which inspired me greatly. My mother also took a class with him and was inspired in many ways by him and his teachings.
I kept in touch with Prof. Ryan for the past 8 years on and off, an occasional e-mail. He always wrote back very kind and touching e-mails. I would send him different things I was doing at the time (music and writings) and he would always be very encouraging. He was a mentor to me, along with several of the other great professors at SCCC. I remember his kind-hearted personality but strong teaching style. He wanted you to know your stuff and he was passionate about it. I'm so amazed at how dedicated a teacher he was, having taught for so long. His lessons about the Greek philosophers and Existentialists changed my perceptions on life. He even gave me a gift, a used book by Albert Camus' with his lyrical essays. I still have that book and treasure it. For that, I will end with a quote by Camus,
"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."

God Bless Don Ryan. You will be remembered by many.

Love, Erin
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I miss seeing you Don, you touched my heart with your kindness and the love for your family. it is sad not seeing you anymore. To the family my deepest and sincere condolences.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Don Ryan, a gentle, humble, man of integrity. I was blessed to have him teach me at SCCC. God 's speed to paradise, "Father Don".
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