Judge Ryan was a one of a kind. A no nonsense Judge who was very kind, compassionate and practical in his handling of cases.
As a young lawyer from Bridgeport, I had many occasions to appear before him. During a trial and while cross examining the plaintiff in a civil action, I can still see him watching my feet walking around in his courtroom. It was a stormy snowy morning and I wore my combat boots to court with a three piece suit. His eye glasses almost fell as he kept staring at my boots, yet he never said anything about my clashing attire unti after he'd rendered a decision. He was so funny with his dry humor, but always respectful.
He will be sadly missed by the bench as well as the bar.