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John F. Ryan


1943 - 2018
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John F. Ryan

Point Pleasant - John F. Ryan has departed on his next adventure. He passed away on Saturday August 11, 2018 morning, at home with his wife of 47 years, Georgiana, by his side. He leaves a legacy of living life to the fullest to Georgiana, his children Megan, Sean, and Colin, his grandchildren Maesie, Owen, and Nalu, his sister Virginia, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, fellow travelers, and students.

John was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. He was born in Woodbridge, raised his family in Metuchen, and ultimately retired to Point Pleasant. He was a graduate of Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and American International College.

John was a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Columbia from 1967-1969. After that he never stopped traveling. He visited every corner of the world and was still globetrotting this year, crossing the equator during a 50 night journey around South America.

John loved a good adventure, the outdoors, and the furthest reaches but he also made a home full of wonder and beauty for all who entered to behold and be welcome. He was an incredible gift giver and a family man of the highest order. John loved theater and opera and museums. In 1957 he cut classes at Woodbridge High School to go see West Side Story on Broadway. This as part of a lifelong philosophy that valued whimsy and good mischief.

John was an educator. His teaching career began in Woodbridge, NJ. He worked at Collier High School from 1980-1985. Later, in the last few years, he served on the board of directors of Collier Youth Services. He served as the Principal of The Center School from 1985 - 2008, moving it to its location in Highland Park. His approach to education included bringing hundreds of students along on his adventures - to ski, to go white-water rafting, to tour the museums of Washington DC, and to Broadway musicals.

A generation of theater students at Metuchen High School will remember the sets he designed and executed for Footlighters' musicals directed by Georgiana.

John was a prolific artist, creator and collector. His paintings and sculptures are in homes everywhere as he worked in series, churning out dozens of pieces on a theme and then distributing them to family and friends. His signature works might be his "Faces" made of found objects.

John's led an artful life with enthusiasm and a distinct calm and he will be wholeheartedly missed.

The viewing will be held at Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Highway 88, Brick, NJ, on Thursday, August 16, 2018, from 6 to 9 PM with remembrances at 7:30. The funeral mass will be held at St. Martha's RC Church, 3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant, on Friday at 9:00 AM. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children or Collier Youth Services both are local charities focused on the well being of children. John felt strongly about the good works of these organizations. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.colonialfuneralgroup.com
Published in Home News Tribune on Aug. 14, 2018
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