John Michael Ryan
1941 - 2016
Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center
405 South Main Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587
John Michael Ryan

July 30, 1941 - August 5, 2016


John Michael Ryan, 75, of Youngsville, NC passed away on August 5, 2016 surrounded by family. John was born July 30, 1941 to John and Barbara (Smith) Ryan (both deceased) and grew up in the Albany, NY area with his brother Walter (also deceased).

He is survived by his spouse of 37 years, Anne Fitzsimons Ryan, three children; Mary Elizabeth (Brad) McAdams of Raleigh, NC, Shawn (Amber) Ryan of Richmond, VA, and Scott (Jessica) DiMartino of Charleston, SC, his grandchildren Ella, Jack, Connor, Alexandra, Meghan and Jake, and his beloved dog, Marley.

John was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a computer and business systems developer while that field was in its infancy. He received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Albany Business College and taught computer math at Ulster Community College in the late 1960's. His career included long tenures with Xerox and IBM. At various times he called Albany, NY, Saugerties, NY, Rochester, NY, Sacramento, CA, and finally Youngsville, NC home. Stationed in Naples, Italy during his enlistment, his personal and professional travels also took him to New York City, Cairo, Egypt and Copenhagen, Denmark among other places.

John will be remembered for his love of God, family, friends, the New York Yankees, horse racing and his Irish heritage. A parishioner at St. Catherine's of Siena in Wake Forest, he enjoyed men's bible study and service to his parish and his community. As a boy visiting his great aunt, Sister Mary Michael Ryan, in the Bronx, he developed a life-long passion for the Yankees, and he attended many games – the apex being Game 1 of the 1998 World Series. Horse racing was another love, which he shared with many dear friends. He loved nothing more than a summer weekend in Saratoga – win or lose. Throughout his life he remained devoted to his Irish and Roman Catholic heritage and is a past President of the Rochester and Raleigh Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Despite his many interests he always had time for his family and friends – you would find no one more loyal, generous, humorous or caring in your corner.

The family would like to recognize the many extraordinary caregivers from REX Hospital, UNC Cancer Center and Transitions LifeCare who ministered to John and our family over the last few weeks of John's life. We appreciate your attentiveness, compassion and willingness to learn about the man in your care.

Visitation is Tuesday evening, August 9th from 6-8:00 PM at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St. Wake Forest, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th at 11:00 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 600 W Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The USO at, an organization founded in the year of his birth, and which he supported regularly.

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Published by The News and Observer on Aug. 9, 2016.
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Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center
405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
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600 W Holding Ave, Wake Forest, New York
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I did not know John but did know Anne. I am so sorry for your loss Anne. If he could put up with you he truly had to be a wonderful man.You know I am kidding. You are in my prayers sweet lady. Hugs. :0)
Cathy Bomgardner
August 12, 2016
Dear Ryan Family,
Our hearts go out to you, John was a great, funny, caring man, that we have been fortunate to know and spend time with.
Susan Marianetti & Biagio Nobile
Susan Marianetti
August 11, 2016
The Greenville Ulster Project will always appreciate all that John added to the history of our organization as coordinator of our yearly trip to Raleigh. He would always contact us before we could contact him, often having ideas of ways to improve the experience. The picnics by the AOH at the Knights of Columbus facility were always a highlight of the month. I will always remember his explanation of baseball to our Northern Irish visitors who had no clue about the sport before attending a Carolina Mudcats game. He joined us at the stadium as his schedule permitted. We will always be grateful for his efforts in obtaining for us a very donation from the Ancient Order of Hibernians last year. May his soul rest in peace. You will be missed.
Andrea Peters
August 9, 2016