John W. Ralyea Jr.

October 28, 1940December 27, 2020

John was born in Buffalo, New York and, as a young man, spent his summers at the beach in Port Colborne, Ontario. John received a degree from Le Moyne College and attended graduate school at Duquesne University. On May 22, 1965, he joyfully married Barbara Joyce Pieczynski. He worked in banking for 37 years, first in Buffalo and then in Pittsburgh, until his retirement in 2002.

In his spare time, John restored many pieces of worn antique furniture to their original beauty. He was an avid swimmer and poker player. John overcame severe polio as a child and became a dedicated Rotarian as an adult.

John was preceded in death by his father John, Sr., his mother Lenore, and his brother B. William. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, his children John (Bridget), Paul, and B. Joseph (Laura), his brothers Daniel (Susan), Richard (Diane), Peter (Bonnie), and his sister-in-law Sally. He was the very proud grandfather of John, Jeffrey, Kyle, Luke, and Kyra, and he cherished many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial mass will be celebrated Monday January 4, 2021 at 11am at St. Catherine of Sweden, 2554 Wildwood Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101.

Arrangements are under the direction of the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1032 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp. (412-364-4444). Online condolences may be shared at Family suggests donations be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.


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Beverly Meldon

January 6, 2021

Hello Barbara--- Sooo very sorry to hear that John passed away. What a wonderful person he was. He was a quiet .gentle ,generous man and very much LOVED by EVERYONE he knew! He will be GREATLY missed------Much Love to you & your family -----Beverly Meldon 1/6/2021

Kathrine Cramer

January 4, 2021

Barbara, I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the priveledge of getting to know you and John on the Caribbean cruise, and a wonderful time in New Orleans together.

Your friend,

Kathrine Cramer

Mark Yungbluth

January 4, 2021

Condolences to Barb and the entire family. I remember Jay as a calm, strong, gentle person. So sorry to hear of his passing.

Linda Sheppard

January 3, 2021

I was very sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a major part of so many of my summers at the cottage in Port Colborne - sun-bathing, swimming, water skiing, Chrystal Beach - it was all so much fun. And maybe Dan will even remember the skiff fund :). And indeed, we did have that very bad summer when John had the great misfortune to contract polio and then the recovery struggle. We remember that with continued admiration. Very fond memories of John and his family. Thanks Peter for letting me know.

Brock Meldon

January 2, 2021

Condolences to the family and sorry for your loss. RIP.
Brock Meldon

Ann Gibson Parker

January 2, 2021

Dear Barb,
What a very special man John was. Kind-hearted with a loving spirit. Mom(Rita) loved him so dearly and he gave her many warm times together. She will welcome him home.

Nancy Walter Cymbalisty

January 2, 2021

Dear Ralyeas ,
Good memories of our families at Camelot Beach so many years ago . Senchoways Walters , Moorhead’s , Smiths, Neffs .
I remember John well .
Still walk the beach ( what remains of it);every year in October when I visit Port Colborne . So happy to have reconnected to Bonnie and Peter recently to share our stories .and memories .
Condolences to all the Ralyea family as you celebrate John’s long life .
Nancy Walter ,Yellowknife , NT .

Kathy Troyan

January 2, 2021

I’m speechless 🥲. Mrs. Ralyea, Paul, John and Joe. Your family lost a very nice man. My heart is breaking with you.

Sandy Sippel

January 1, 2021

Dearest Barbara, God bless your days and nights and know that David and I continue to pray for you and your Sons and their families.
We have been on Memory Lane and we are so thankful for the years that we did have together.The years have passed quickly although it seems like yesterday ;The memories are as fresh and so enjoyed.
God's love and ours, Dave and Sandy Sippel

Rosalie Gierczynski

January 1, 2021

I know we haven't seen each other for years and I never had the honor of meeting your husband. I remember you well and know what it is to lose a spouse. You have my deepest sympathy and know that my prayers will always be with you. Take care and stay well.
Your cousin,