Martin J. Ryan
1931 - 2021
Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home
50 Reef Road
Fairfield, CT
Martin J. Ryan, Jr.
Martin J. Ryan, Jr., 89 of Southport, the beloved husband of 65 years of the late Arline M. Ryan, passed away peacefully at home on February 15, 2021. He was born in Ansonia to the late Ethel (Gittings) and Martin J. Ryan, Sr. and was a longtime area resident.
Mr. Ryan was the world's best math teacher and will be fondly remembered by countless students and parents in Fairfield. He shared his love of learning and teaching with his children and grandchildren. Known affectionately as the Dynasty Commander, he was happiest when surrounded by family. He loved to spend time at the shore with everyone. He was a life-long Mets fan, and also avidly followed college basketball. Marty put hundreds of miles on his bicycle on daily rides along the coast of Southport and Westport. He could fix anything in his "well-equipped and staffed" workshop.
Martin is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Dusto and her husband Timothy of Cary, NC, Christine Toole and her husband Michael of Warren, PA; and his sons, Kenneth Ryan and his wife Doreen of Hatfield, MA and Martin P. Ryan and his wife Wendy of Bridgeport. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Sarah, David, Amy, Ian, Ryan, Jacob, Benjamin, Kelly and Megan as well as seven great-grandchildren.
Due to current restrictions, the Memorial Mass will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Development Office, 238 Jewett Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06606 or To send an online condolence, please visit
Published by Connecticut Post on Feb. 19, 2021.
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A fine man and a wonderful teacher. Kind, funny, always willing to go the extra mile for students and friends. Condolences to the family.
Mel Senator
February 28, 2021
Marty was a great teacher and great family man!! My sympathies to the Ryan family. Ron Luneau
Ronald j Luneau
February 25, 2021
Dear Kathy, Tina, Ken, Marty and all your family, I’m so sad for your loss. Marty was such a dear friend to our family, and one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I have fond memories of our “Uncle Marty”, always with a twinkle in his eye.
Pipe smoke and the sounds of baseball games on tv still remind me of the many nights he and Dad sat downstairs watching a game together.
Both of your parents meant so much to me growing up, and they still do. May he Rest In Peace. He will forever be missed.
Sue Stansfield Williams
February 24, 2021
Mr. Ryan was the finest teacher at Ludlowe. He was kind, and considerate and Very patient with his students. I am but one of the people that his brief touch in life made a difference in the way my life turned out. Thank you Mr. Ryan.
Thomas P. Finegan
February 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I had Mr Ryan tutor me when I was a student at Ludlowe. He was so patient and kind. RIP Mr. Ryan. The angels have gained a beautiful soul.
Heather Hamilton
February 23, 2021
Kathleen, Christine, Kenneth, Martin and Family

Thoughts and prayers to all on your loss.

I have known Marty for over 30 years, through sports, (Marshwood football and wrestling).

He was a great mentor to all who knew him.


Roger Dionne and Mother Dede
roger dionne
February 21, 2021
Dear Kathy, Tina, Kenny and Martin - Your Dad was a wonderful and kind gentleman and the best and most patient math teacher ever. Mr. Ryan and I could always share a laugh that (only with his help) I finally managed to pass Algebra. At this very sad time, I am sending you all my very deepest sympathy, Vicky Fingelly
Vicky Fingelly
February 21, 2021
Dear Ryan Family, Please accept sincerest prayers and condolences at this difficult time. "Mr. Ryan" was one of the best Math teachers I ever had at Roger Ludlowe. He could explain everything well so we could all understand, and he had a wonderful sense of humor while doing it. (He made Statistics a breeze! ) Rest in Peace, Mr. Ryan.
Susan Watson Jones
February 20, 2021
Marty Ryan. Family friend, My Math Teacher, My "Uncle Marty". Never missed a family party or wedding, or the Friday night pinochle games. You took Marty Jr, My Father and I to my first Mets game when I was 9. Rest easy together again with Arline. Thank You.
Pete Stansfield
February 20, 2021
So sorry to hear about Marty. He and Arlene were the greatest couple. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.
Milton Jacoby
February 19, 2021
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