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John J.

John J. "Jocko" Ryan Jr.

July 28th, 1946 May 16th, 2020

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Obituary for John J. "Jocko" Ryan Jr.

John J. "Jocko" Ryan Jr, age 74, of Arlington, MA passed away on May 16,2020 at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford MA. Johnny was born and raised in Arlington MA. He was the son of the late Rose (Barnes) and John Ryan. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1964 and served in the US Marine Corp from 1964 to 1968 where he served two consecutive tours in Viet Nam.

Jocko is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Barbara (Clark) Ryan of Arlington; children: Karen Malatesta of Wrentham, Kim Cowan of Methuen and John Ryan III and wife Olga of Tucson AZ. Jocko is predeceased by his grandson Joseph Finn and leaves his grandchildren Tara Cowan, Nick Malatesta, Sally, Grace & Jack Ryan; he is also predeceased by his brother Pete, and leaves his brothers Jim, Matt, Tim and his sister Diane Bradley along with several nieces and nephews.

He was an active member of the Arlington Hockey Club and Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball for over 40 years. You could often find him at the rink, coaching, running a hockey tournament or helping with the learn to skate program or on a baseball field. He could also be found on a Wednesday night @the First Parish Unitarian Church on Mass Ave offering a message of hope and recovery. He taught CCD, was a Eucharist minister and an active member of St Eulalia Parish of Winchester. He helped and supported many in the community until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He had a love for people a grateful heart and was always willing to help.
The family would like to thank the VA in Bedford & the No Veteran Dies Alone program for their outstanding caring and support.

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Bill Barrett

Rest In Peace my longtime friend and former teammate.🙏🇺🇸⚾
Comment | Posted at 10:06pm via Condolence
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Donna C Adams

To The Ryan family: We are so sorry to hear of Jocko’s passing. Our paths crossed on the hall fields and in the rink. Our son James learned a lot from Jocko. Thanks for all he gave to the Arlington youth. Mr Robes and Jocko are coaching one heck of a Babe Ruth game in heaven today. Our prayers and sympathy are with your family. Donna, Jim and James Adams.
Comment | Posted at 01:23pm via Condolence
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Bill Pigott





Rest in peace Jocko Thank you for your service to country and community
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Janice Muccio-Taylor

I knew Jocko yrs ago he was a great guy i remember how he loved Hockey, baseball.My condolences to his family, his sister Diane, Timmy, Matt. God Bless you all, Janice Muccio Taylor
Comment | Posted at 02:49am via Condolence

Janice Muccio-Taylor

I knew Jocko yrs ago he was a great guy i remember how he loved Hockey, baseball.My condolences to his family, his sister Diane, Timmy, Matt. God Bless you all, Janice Muccio Taylor
Comment | Posted at 02:49am via Condolence
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