Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home

115 Lacey Road, Whiting, NJ


John A. Ryan Sr.

October 15, 1928July 11, 2019

John A. Ryan Sr., 90, of Whiting, NJ passed away Thursday July 11, 2019 at Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ. Born in Passaic, John had lived in Nutley before moving to Whiting in 1997. John was a Supervisor with NJ Bell for over 35 years retiring in 1987 where he worked his way up through the telephone business. During and after his career John belonged to many clubs and organizations, the Telephone Pioneers, the Civic Association of Windmill Village North in Sarasota Florida where he also was the President during the 30 years he and Loretta wintered there, District Deputy of the Knights of Columbus, Grand Knight and President of the Knights of Columbus Council 835 out of Belleville, NJ. He was the past Vice President of the Father’s Club at Essex Catholic High School, a driver for the Reach for Recovery with the American Cancer Society and the Columbus Institute John wore many hats, but some of his favorites were family vacations in Cape May for over 30 years, spending time with his family especially his wife Loretta of 69 years, and John always had an upbeat and positive attitude towards life and lived by his favorite expression “Any better wouldn’t do.” John had always said that his greatest gift his parents ever gave him was his faith and that has remained constant in his life. He is a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Whiting. John was also very proud of his service in the Navy from 1946-1948 aboard the destroyer USS Jeffers. John is survived by his loving wife Loretta of 69 years, his three children, John Ryan Jr., of Charleston, SC, Jim Ryan and his wife Kristin of Clayton, NC, Susan Moody and her husband Brian of Holliston, MA and his five grandchildren, Tim, Mike, Ben, Jack and Julia. John is also survived by his sister Patricia Murphy of Calabash, NC and a host of loving nieces and nephews and relatives and friends. The family invites you to attend a visitation on Monday July 15, 2019 from 2-4pm & 7-9 pm at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 115 Lacey Rd., Whiting, NJ 08759. A Mass will be celebrated Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:45 am at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church, 30 Schoolhouse Rd., Manchester Twp., NJ 08759. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research by visiting www.stjude.org Online condolences may also be sent by visiting www.andersoncampbellwhiting.com


  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Mass Tuesday, July 16, 2019


John A. Ryan Sr.

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William/AnnMarie Thomas

July 16, 2019

Goodbye to you uncle John.You lived a good full life. Was good to see my cousins Jim.....John and Susan.Thanks for being one of my fathers best friends.You sure knew how to throw a party.Sad youre gone.

Gregory L. Mitchell

July 15, 2019

So sorry to learn of John's passing. Although both Brenda and myself have known John and several of his in-laws for a good number of years,I really never knew how active he was in the many organizations he was a member of. Surely they were made better for his expertise as John was a careful thinker and planner.Although we both worked for N.J.Bell Telco I never had the pleasure of working under his command. I do know however how highly he was regarded on the job. Men of his caliber no longer work for our company.He proudly served his country in the U.S.Navy as well. Although we never had opportunity to visit as much of late,I do feel that I've lost a good close friend. I might add that John shared the same birth date 15,October as my late Mother,perhaps there is some divine connection? Only the Lord would know. Respectfully,Gregory L. Mitchell "Mitch"

George and Joan Lister

July 14, 2019

Loretta we want to extend our condolence to you. A long time has passed but one never really forgets good times. We are sure that you have wonderful ones to remember. We will keep you in our prayers. George and Joan Lister

Ellie and Ed Savage

July 14, 2019

Dear Loretta,
We are saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of our dear friend John. We share many good memories from our times in the Winds community. We are sure that Our Lord greeted John, but most likely also Jack and Harry. May John rest in peace with Our Lord. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but Love leaves a memory no one can steal."
Love and Sympathy, Ellie and Ed

John and Josephine Griffith

July 14, 2019

Dear Loretta and Family

It's hard to find the words that might bring comfort at this
time of loss.
I will miss my talks with John as I passed by during my walks.
He will miss missed by many including myself.
John & Josephine

Lillian Clare

July 14, 2019

Loretta and family.
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of John. He was a wonderful man and will be truly missed at the Winds. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lil Clare

Tom Cole

July 14, 2019

Our condolences to you Lorreta and your family. Edam St. will be empty without John.
Tom Cole & Elsie.

David betty Sullivan

July 13, 2019

Dear loretta, you have our thoughts and many good memories of John and good times we shared with you both. Our prayers to you and family. Thinking of you. Love Betty and Dave