Francis J. Ryan
February 2, 1940 – July 28, 2020
Francis J. Ryan, 80, of Jupiter, FL and Belle Mead, NJ passed away on July 28, 2020. Frank was born in Chicago, IL, on February 2nd, 1940, the son of the late William and Nancy Ryan (née O’Connell) who had immigrated from Ireland to Chicago.
Frank graduated from Leo High School in 1957. An interest in mechanics and math led him to pursue studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He earned his degree while working at Ethicon, Inc. as a management trainee, which was the start of his life-long career with Johnson & Johnson. His studies and career were interrupted by a six-month stint with the U.S. Marines at Parris Island and Camp LeJeune, followed by five and one-half years in the Reserves as a Sergeant in a communications unit.
In 1965, Frank married the love of his life, Marge Ryan (née Ford), whom he had met in high school. And, in 1969, Frank received his MBA from the University of Chicago which he obtained at night while working full time for Ethicon.
Frank had a distinguished 38-year career at Johnson & Johnson which took him from Chicago to Texas in 1973 when he was promoted to Production Manager at the San Angelo plant and then to Plant Manager. In 1978, he became Director of Manufacturing at Ethicon Somerville and the family moved to New Jersey. Frank continued to progress in his career and, before his retirement became the Company Group Chairman of Ethicon, the company he had originally joined nearly four decades earlier.
Frank and Marge split their time between NJ, where they were members of Cherry Valley Country Club and Jupiter Florida as members of the Loxahatchee Club, of which Frank was President from 2012-2016. They felt fortunate to have made such close friendships throughout their lives. Frank was an avid golfer, Sudoku puzzler and reader and was almost always found with a book in his hand. He also loved to travel, and the Ryan family took many memorable vacations. In 2015, Frank and Marge celebrated their 50th anniversary with their daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren on a Disney cruise to Alaska. Frank had a strong sense of personal values, hard work and education which he has passed on to his daughters and their families. Frank also had a strong sense of faith as a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman, NJ and St. Peter in Jupiter, FL.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Margaret Ryan; his three daughters, Jeanne (Ludwig Zebrauskas), Nancy Donahue (Jack) and Diane Rutt (Colin); his 7 grandchildren, Mia and Lily Zebrauskas, Avery, Nate and William Donahue, Griffin and Delaney Rutt and numerous nieces and nephews.
Frank is predeceased by his sister, Mary Therese Waddick (Dick).
A private service will be held at a future date in NJ. Memorials may be made in Frank’s name to St. Charles Borromeo, 47 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ 08558 www.borromeo.org.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Francis J. Ryan
Ellen Nulty Mosley
August 10, 2020
Dear Margie, Jeanne, Nancy & Diane,
I am sorry to hear about Frank. We are thinking of your family during this time and praying for you all. Frank will be be missed by you and so many as he will be cherished in our hearts forever. Much love, Ellen
August 6, 2020
Frank...What a trueFRIEND and special person....Suzanne and I will miss you so very much....More than our Florida next door neighbor at Loxahatchee since 1997 we shared so many wonderful experiences together. Memories of our life with you and Marge will last forever
Golf (some good...some ok)...Club Events...Books...Grandchildren Growing Up Stories and simply sitting around enjoying each other’s company. Our travels were so special....Iceland....Denmark...Norway...Africa...The Canadian Rockies.. And a few others too including Normandy for the 70th Anniversary
Thanks for all the good times and other good friends we were able to share
We will never forget....
August 5, 2020
Dear Margie and Girls,
What a shock when Michelle saw Jeanne’s post on Facebook about Frank’s passing.
Remembering many great times with the Ryan family through the years. Frank was such a wonderful man in so many ways...always enjoyed a good conversation and was so very proud of his beautiful wife and his amazing daughters. We will miss him.
Sending our heartfelt sympathy to you all. God bless
Love, Gene, Eileen and Girls
August 4, 2020
To the Ryan Family..
So very sorry for your loss. A husband, father, grandfather and ao.much more..a very full life.
No words can ever be enough. Your Dad will be in my prayers and I'm lighting a candle for him. May his beautiful soul rest in peace. Blessing to all.
August 4, 2020
Marge and Family-
We are so sorry to hear this tragic news. Frank was the embodiment of what many of his friends and colleagues aspired to be- Intelligent, a leader, empathic, passionate, a coach, self-deprecating sense of humor, and so much more. Frank WAS Ethicon, Inc. More important, he always modeled the behavior that family was first. Frank will be missed; but will remain in all of our memories. As a Plant Manger in Somerville, Frank mentored me periodically, something for which I will be eternally grateful. I know with time this sorrow you feel now will move to the wonderful memories of a great man.
Larry and Ann Marie Fox
August 3, 2020
I had the opportunity to work for Frank twice during my career with Johnson and Johnson. To say that he was my best boss, a wonderful leader and an inspiration to all of us is easy. He was a great friend, with a great laugh, who could always make fun of himself. In so many ways he was a role model to me and the people that knew him. He was a wonderful human being.
August 2, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Ryan family on the passing of Frank. I could not have asked for a better boss, mentor and role model during the 70's and 80's at Ethicon Inc. His brilliant mind was matched by his warmth and genuine caring for all people. He will be missed but his legacy as a leader and a family man will live on forever. May he rest in peace.
August 2, 2020
My wife Jeannette and I want to offer our deepest condolences to the entire Ryan Family. Frank was a leader, a mentor and a friend to me during my entire working career at Ethicon, but most of all he was a Family Man.
His Vision for the business guided an entire generation of J&J associates. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to learn from him and try to follow his example.
He will be missed.
Rich & Jeannette Sofinowski
August 2, 2020
I was lucky to have worked for Frank at J&J when he was President of Chicopee. Not only was he a talented professional, he was a true gentleman and class act. So sorry for your loss.
August 1, 2020
Frank was a leader that contributed to the success of Johnson and Johnson.
With skill and determination, he was a model of leadership for his peers and
subordinates. He always had time for a big hello or a handshake.