Hon. John J.P. Ryan

August 31, 1932May 1, 2013

The Hon. John J.P. Ryan Judge John J.P. Ryan, a lifelong resident of Stamford, passed away on May 1, 2013 in Newton, Massachusetts. Born in Stamford on August 31, 1932, he was the son of the late Daniel E. and Mary Conroy Ryan. He attended Stamford Public Elementary Schools and graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1950, Fordham University in 1954, and Fordham University School of Law in 1957. He met his wife Julia Theresa Ryan in Stamford in 1953. They were married in 1956 and resided together in Stamford until Julia’s passing away in 2009. John is survived by his three children Ellen Ryan, John Ryan, and Sheila Ryan Barnett and his two grandchildren Elizabeth and Gannon Barnett. He is also survived by his nephews Thomas Henneberger, Daniel E. Ryan III, Michael T. Ryan, Patrick J. Ryan, Thomas J. Ryan, James D. Ryan and Kieran M. Ryan; his nieces Elizabeth Ryan Lane, Mary Katherine (Kate) Ryan Herman, Susan Ryan DeBrisco, Margaret Ryan Massimi, Sharon Ryan LaCrosse and Denise Ryan; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his two brothers Daniel E. Ryan, Jr. and W.Patrick Ryan, his sister Mary Ryan Stafford, and his niece Marianne Williams. Prior to joining the bench, John practiced family law and later served as Chief Clerk of the Stamford Common Pleas and Superior Courts. He was appointed a Superior Court Judge in 1980 and became a Senior Judge in 1997. John, or Jack to almost everyone, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. We will always remember his love for long walks and longer drives, his special sense of humor and the great conversations, and how he loved to play with his grandchildren. John passed away in peace with his daughter Sheila and her husband John by his side. The wake will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street in Stamford. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1200 Shippan Ave. in Stamford on Wednesday, May 8th at 10 a.m. To leave an online condolence please visit Ryan, John J.P.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 7, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hon. John J.P. Ryan

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Julie Pinto-Dworkin

June 10, 2014

I just found out that this dear man has passed away. He and I carved our names into a court bench before it was dismantled to make way for a new courthouse. He was smart, funny and adored by anyone who came in contact with him. My father-in-law got very ill while my husband was on jury duty. Judge iRyan was presiding and immediately dismissed him. I did not know him at the time so it was not a favor. It was his compassion. Working with him for more than a year side by side I really got to know him and his love for his family. He was very supportive and helped me in every way. I think of him often. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Carrie Quinlan

May 26, 2013

Love and prayers. Jack was so kind to me when I was a law student. Wonderful memories of such a warm man. Peace to his family. Carrie Quinlan (Julia's cousin)

John Ryan

May 12, 2013

May 12, 2013

My sincere condolences to to the Ryan family. Of the many things that could be shared about Judge Ryan's time on the bench one thing in particular stands out. Judge Ryan was always the go to Judge when you needed a Judge to talk to a group of school children. He always gave freely of his time to visiting students and always answered every question and never hurried them out of his courtroom.
He will be missed.
John Morrow

Eddie Rodriguez, Jr.

May 7, 2013

Judge Ryan was a one of a kind. A no nonsense Judge who was very kind, compassionate and practical in his handling of cases.
As a young lawyer from Bridgeport, I had many occasions to appear before him. During a trial and while cross examining the plaintiff in a civil action, I can still see him watching my feet walking around in his courtroom. It was a stormy snowy morning and I wore my combat boots to court with a three piece suit. His eye glasses almost fell as he kept staring at my boots, yet he never said anything about my clashing attire unti after he'd rendered a decision. He was so funny with his dry humor, but always respectful.
He will be sadly missed by the bench as well as the bar.

Joseph Valdes

May 7, 2013

My deepest condolences to Judge Ryan's family. More than a decade ago, I tried a few cases before Judge Ryan. He was such a gentleman. He was fair to both parties, considerate to the jury and staff, and fatherly with his patience and advice to young lawyers. He will be truly missed.

May 7, 2013

My sincere condolences to John's family and friends on his recent passing. I had the good fortune to be his classmate at Prep, work with him as a judge and appear before him as a lawyer. He was a good man and a fine judge. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Jim Stapleton

Fred Miller

May 6, 2013

Your Dad was a wonderful friend and mentor to me when I worked in the Stamford Courts. My wife Louise and I offer sincere condolences. Fred Miller

May 6, 2013

Your dad was a wonderful friend and mentor to me when I worked in the Stamford courts. My wife Louise and I offer sincere condolences. Fred Miller

May 6, 2013

Jack was such a great man,attorney and
friend. He will be missed. His family had the gift of living a significant part of their lives with a wonderful person.

Michael Cantore