Joseph Ryan Jr.
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Joseph Thomas Ryan, Jr.

Born in San Francisco September 27,1948 - died at home February 10, 2021. First born son of Joe and Katie Ryan; oldest child of the seven Ryan siblings. Survived by Jessica and Bill Goglin, Rosemary and Tom Barry, Tim and Karen Ryan, Mary Catherine Ryan, Joanne and Dave Pino.
Preceded in death by Katie and Joe Ryan, and youngest sister, Virginia.
Survived by 12 loving nieces and nephews, and 15 great nieces and nephews.
Catholic school educated, St Thomas Moore, Our Lady of Mercy , St Paul of Shipwreck, St Elizabeth and Sacred Heart HS. Voted all city quarterback and player of the year at Sacred Heart HS. 1966 Fall semester, Joe attended UC Berkeley in August 1967 , Joe served his country by enlisting in the US Army.
He attended the Defense Language Institute at Fort Ord , located in Monterey CA. Prior to deployment to Vietnam, he was sent to Fort Bliss, Texas for further training at the Vietnamese Language School as a member of the Army Security Agency. Joe served 2 tours of duty 1969 – 1971 with honorable discharge.1972 - 1977 Joe attended SF City College, and was quarterback on the football team. Then on to Humboldt State, he obtained history degree while working in Lumber Industry.1978 – Joe returned to SF Bay area, joined friend in business venture.1979 -2001 Joe was employed by US Post Office. In 1987 he was promoted to rank of Sgt of Police Inspection Services within US Post Office. 2002 – 2014 Joe joined SF Unified School District as a Substitute Teacher. Joe retired in 2014, enjoyed traveling, gambling trips, concerts, family celebrations. Joe loved his big family and reading was his passion. He was a big fan of all SF Bay Area Sports. He was a humble man and heroically fought through many health issues related to exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
Memorial gifts to Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, 1055 Ellis St., SF CA 94109; In Memory of Joseph T. Ryan, Jr. Class of 1966.
Due to Covid No memorial will be held.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 16, 2021
As a friend and classmate of Rosemary, I met Joe in high school and was lucky to have his friendship throughout the years. Joe was a very kind, generous and thoughtful person. From the time I first saw his handsome high school photograph on the wall of the Ryan house on University Avenue, to the last time we had an opportunity to chat together, I admired Joe for his ability to tell a good story, and share the feeling that he was really interested in you and what you had to say. I still remember his big smile and the laughs we shared during our many conversations over the years. From all of my family, heartfelt condolences to all of the Ryan clan. We will miss you, Joe and wish you eternal peace and happiness with your family in heaven. Fran Rozoff and family
Fran Rozoff
March 3, 2021
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your brother, uncle and friend. May he rest in eternal peace and may your memories of Joe lift your spirits.
With love from the Becks
Dan and Jo Ann
Jo Ann Rivero-Beck
March 1, 2021
Dear Joanne,
So sorry to read of your brother's passing. Sending prayers for him and all of your wonderful family. God Bless
Diana Mambretti and family
Diana Mambretti
February 27, 2021
Sorry to see the passing of another neighborhood kid. My deepest condolence’s to the Ryan clan
Herb Anderson
February 27, 2021
Your family will certainly miss you Joe. So sorry for their loss. May you rest in peace. Love, Mike and Bonnie Dines
Bonnie & Mike Dines
February 27, 2021
Condolences and love to the Ryan extended family. Our neighborhood was indeed a great one and friends there seemed to stay friends forever. Godspeed to you Joe and peace to you more worries; no more illness. We know your dear Ryan family and longtime friends will miss you and will love you always. You were one of the Good Guys Joe :) Peace is yours now.
Ruthie and Tom Kurpinsky
February 27, 2021
Iwas also a graduate at Sacrded Heart and knew joe and his family very well His sisters all went to St Elizabeths as well as myself my deepest sympathy for Joe and his family especially for Rosemary who was in my class in St Elizabeths. God bless you all

Rick Catelli
February 27, 2021
To Joanne & all of the Ryan Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Look above to the Lord for strength, to get you through this difficult time. God bless the Ryan Family and may Joe rest in eternal paradise.
Anne Gughemetti
February 26, 2021
Joe was a great classmate, San Franciscan and human being. He was kind to every one and respected by all. I was always happy to see him at our Class of '66 lunches. He spoke fondly of his nieces, nephews and in- laws. We are all lucky to have known him and will miss him.
Marty Gent
February 26, 2021
Joe and I were classmates for most of grammar school and through high school. The one thing that I always remember about Joe was his love of reading. Even in grammar school when I would visit him he would always be reading a series of books. In high school I always thought of Joe as the smartest person in the room although he only showed it when it was of interest to him. As others have mentioned Joe was also the star quarterback for Sacred Heart. As we grew older it was sad to see Joe struggle with a number of medical issues but he took them all on and always made the best of it. The one thing that never changed he was always reading a "great book". I got numerous recommendations from him and enjoyed them all. I know Joe was very fond of his large family and I'm sure they will miss him dearly as will I.
Stan Mackewicz
February 26, 2021
Our winning quarterback! #12-JOE RYAN
Tom Espy
February 25, 2021
Joe was the best! I last visited with him at Capurros’ Restaurant at The S.H. Class of ‘66 luncheon. He was a great guy to talk to. The alumni of Sacred Heart High School will miss him very much!
Rest in Peace Joe. Say hello to my beautiful wife Linda who preceded you and will meet you in Heaven forever!
Thomas Espy
February 25, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Joe's family. Joe was a very loyal friend. He was always the kindest and most generous person you could ever meet. He attended St. Elizabeth grammar school with my younger brother Ed. Joe and I worked together his entire career with the Postal Inspection Service; Postal Police unit. We also coached together on the Pop Warner junior Peewee football team; sponsored by the SFPD. After moving to Oregon, we stayed in contact by phone. He will be missed and I am deeply grieved by his passing. Rest in Peace, Joe!
George Brown
February 25, 2021
Joe was a classmate of mine at SH, but he was our QB who led us to a 7-2-1 season our senior year, It was a please blocking for him, he will be greatly missed, Go Irish
Dave Carson, class of 66'
David Carson
February 23, 2021
My deepest condolences to you all. I pray for your strength and healing during this difficult time. He lived such a remarkable life. May he Rest In Peace.
February 23, 2021
RIP Joey, I will miss you at all the Ryan functions. It's been a pleasure knowing you for all these years. Hope life treats you good on the other side of the rainbow.
daya olcomendy
February 23, 2021
Sympathy love and prayers for all.
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