John Cryan
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CRYAN, John Age 79, of Bradford VT, formerly of Medway, Plymouth and originally of Quincy, MA passed away peacefully at home after a courageous 10 year battle with cancer, on Tuesday October 4th. His surviving family includes his loving wife, Dorothy Cryan, his son Michael and wife Laurie of Marshfield, his daughter Cathleen Broderick and husband James of Bridgewater, his stepson Richard Spataro and wife Melissa of Blackstone, his stepdaughters Tina Dennett and husband David of Bellingham, Karen Perdue and husband Chris of Marlborough and Donna Spataro of Wells River, VT, and eleven grandchildren. He also leaves his sister Anne Sharland of Alexandria, VA., wife of the late Donald Sharland, and family. Originally from Quincy, Jack served in the US Coast Guard and went on to become a respected photojournalist in Boston, employed by WCVB-TV5 for over 30 years. Jack received numerous awards from Boston Press Photographers Association for his news coverage. He would say he was very lucky that his job allowed him to travel to many places and meet people he otherwise would not have, US Presidents, world leaders, royalty, celebrities, athletes and the "average Joe". Jack retired to Vermont several years ago after years of chasing the news. He loved to tinker with old cameras, attend auctions and was known for fixing things. He was an avid collector of photographic memorabilia and a member of the Photographic Historical Society of New England. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Jack Cryan Memorial Educational Scholarship Fund, c/o Rockland Trust, 280 Union St, Rockland MA 02370 (or at any branch). This fund will benefit a VT high school graduate pursuing a career in photojournalism. Or if you prefer, to VNA and Hospice of VT & NH or the American Cancer Society.

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Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9, 2011.
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October 18, 2011
Jack Cryan was a very decent guy and a real journeyman news photog, one of the staff cameramen who trained me at Ch 5 in the mid-70s. He was accepting of a young kid, did not seem to be concerned that a female was breaking into the biz, and helped me learn the ropes. I vividly recall the lesson I learned when he watched me miss a shot by getting stuck behind the other tv and still cameras: "You got bagged," he said with sympathy. I remember that so vividly, and never again missed a shot that way.
RIP Jack Cryan
Amy Berkovitz
October 9, 2011
One of the "old guard" who helped invent TV News... He was of the generation who came into the business when there were no rules or procedures.. He and his contemporaries helped create and define what became the "way to do it."

He leaves a unique legacy as both a photograher and as a gentleman.

I recall him as a patient teacher, a guy with a great resevoir of "war stories" and a heck of a nice man...

Rest easy Jack...
Steve Sbraccia
October 9, 2011
I had the pleasure of working with Jack for four years in the TV news department at the old Channel 5, WHDH-TV. A true gentle man and a stand-out news photographer. So sorry to read of his passing. Sincere condolences to his family and those who loved him.
Andie Sinman Kurzman
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