Oct. 11, 1942 ~ Feb. 15, 2014
Longtime Concord Resident
John Ryan, 71, a resident of Kings Beach, California and a longtime resident of Concord, California passed away on Feb. 15, 2014 in Reno, NV surrounded by his loving family.
John was born Oct. 11, 1942 in Tipperary, Ireland to Bridget and Malachy Ryan of Ballinleenty. He was the youngest of eight. Raised in Ireland, he was a graduate of Mungret College in Limerick. Upon graduation, John moved to Liverpool in 1960 and joined the Merseyside Fire Department, at one point working at the Penny Lane Fire House. In 1965, he left England to follow the love of his life to California. John and Catherine Ryan married in May of 1965 at Queen of All Saints Church. For a short time he worked with Bank of America, and as a reserve in the Martinez Police Department. John found his true calling when he went to work for Shell Oil in Martinez. He began his career as an Area Operator in light oil processing. He was promoted to a Process Operator and then a Board Operator. John never lost his love of firefighting and was transferred into the Health and Safety Department as a Safety Inspector. He was eventually promoted to be the Health and Safety Supervisor/Fire Chief where he led his department through many perils that occurred within the refinery. He was respected for his actions and advice. He retired in 2000. John loved history, genealogy, hunting, and golf. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Bridget, and his brothers Patrick and William. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Catherine; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Christopher Jaime; son and daughter-in-law Laurence and Katie Ryan; son and daughter-in-law J.D. and Janice Ryan, and his grandchildren: Julianna and Erik Jaime, Aidan , Brendan, and Shannon Ryan, and Liam and Emmeline Ryan. He is also survived by his sister Kathleen of Australia, his sisters Margaret and Esther and brother Malachy all of Ireland, as well as many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his beloved dog Baylee.
Funeral Mass will be held Saturday March 1st, 2014 at 9 a.m. at Queen of All Saints Church with reception immediately following at the church. Private internment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 23, 2014