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RYAN, John J. Jr. "Jocko" Age 74, of Arlington, MA, passed away on May 16, 2020 at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA. Johnny was born and raised in Arlington, MA. He was the son of the late Rose (Barnes) and John Ryan. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1964 and served in the US Marines from 1964-1968, where he was stationed in Vietnam. Jocko is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Barbara (Clark) Ryan of Arlington, children: Karen Malatesta of Wrentham, Kim Cowan of Methuen and John Ryan, III and wife Olga of Tucson, AZ. Jocko was predeceased by his grandson Joseph Finn and leaves his grandchildren Tara Cowan, Nick Malatesta, Sally, Grace & Jack Ryan. He was also predeceased by his brother Pete, and leaves his brothers Jim, Matt, Tim and his sister Diane Bradley, along with several nieces and nephews. He was an active member of the Arlington Hockey Club and Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball for over 40 years. You could often find him at the rink, coaching, running a hockey tournament or helping with the learn to skate program or on a baseball field. He could also be found on a Wednesday night at the First Parish Unitarian Church on Mass Ave., offering a message of hope and recovery. He taught CCD, was a Eucharist minister and an active member of St. Eulalia Parish of Winchester. He helped and supported many in the community until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He had a love for people, a grateful heart and was always willing to help. The family would like to thank the VA in Bedford & the No Veteran Dies Alone program for their outstanding caring and support. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Services for Mr. Ryan will be private. Please consider a donation to the charity of your choice. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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May 30, 2020
ear Jim and Family, so sorry to read about Jockos death. Sending prayers and happy memories to you during these difficult days.
Judy Foley McManamon
Judy Foley McManamon
May 26, 2020
Jocko was truly one of a kind and his contributions to the youth of Arlington will have an everlasting impact for generations to come.

Our condolences go out to the entire Ryan family.

Bob/Kim Chebator and family
May 21, 2020
Barbara, I am so sorry to hear of Jocko's passing. He was such a good guy and I know that not just Jimmy, but so many others, thought the world of him. I'm sure they are already talking baseball. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless all of you.
Martha O'Neil
May 20, 2020
JJ Ryan
May 20, 2020
On behalf of the Duggan family, I would like to send my sympathy to the entire Ryan family. My sister Patty, brother Rog and I grew up with Johnny (that is what we called him back in the day) and his siblings Diane, Peter and Jimmie in "The Projects" in East Arlington during the 1950's. More recently I spent some time reminiscing with him at our 50th high school reunion. I graduated with Johnny in 1964 and just saw the "In Memory" page on our class website. John and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Doris (Dodie) Duggan
May 20, 2020
Barbara and Family,
I've known Jocko for a while now, coached with him 16 years and watched as he coached my own family members. He was always a gentleman, a confidant and a person who was always there when you needed him. I was never able to keep up with him! Most of all he was my friend and my COACH and a person I will never forget. I will truly miss him.

Rob Conway
May 20, 2020
His name and obituary has been added to the In Memory page on the Arlington High School Class of 1964 website.
Sorry for your loss.
Bonnie Lewis Hayner, classmate
Bonnie Hayner
May 19, 2020
Dear Barbara and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of "Jocko's" passing.
He was a true gentleman and great coach of our children. May he rest in peace.
The Kilban Family
John/Carol Kilban
May 19, 2020
Barbara and family,
Jocko was always a friendly face at the rink or on a field. So many kids have benefitted by being coached by him. He always made a point to come and say hello whenever he saw you. He was part of the old Arlington Hockey Club that set the foundation for the players of today. He was one of a kind and he will be missed.
Dan Shine
May 19, 2020
Barbara and family, so sorry for your loss. Jocko was an awesome guy. He was loved by his baseball and hockey players. He did so much for the youth in Arlington. We are proud to have known him.

The Healion Family
May 19, 2020
Jocko, You're a life saver; Always giving. Thank you! Rest In Peace .
Brian O'Connor
May 19, 2020
Jocko was my hockey and baseball coach. Just a great person all around. He will be missed.

Sean Kenney
sean kenney
May 19, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the Ryan family, Jocko was one a kind, our favorite hockey coach, he was a great man.

The Hayes family

RIP Jocko
May 19, 2020
Mr. Ryan,
Sir, as a fellow Marine I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USMC in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Mike Casey USMC '85-'89
Mike Casey(former Ma resident)
May 18, 2020
Hey Jocko

Thank you for all you gave to the youth of this community. They will always be grateful to your dedications and commitment to the them and youth sports.

Be well my friend.

Jimmy Walker
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