I knew John for 4 years as we went to Xavier High School and graduated together in 1974. We were not the closest of classmates, but I consider him an Xavier Brother. I always admired him as the strong, handsome quarterback. I was there at the football rallies to cheer him and the team. He was a good guy, not a stereotypical jock type who cared only about himself, but a thoughtful, respectful person. We were so young back then, but I knew he had what it took to be a hero, on the football field and in real life and he is a hero. I am lucky to have known him, if for only a little while. The world lost a good man. Good bless my Xavier Brother.
Anthony Grosso, classmate
I met Mr. Ryan when I used to work for the club that he belonged to in Skillman, New Jersey. He was always a gentleman, and treated me and the rest of the staff with the utmost respect. Managers of clubs always say, "If I could have a club full of a certain (type of) person, my job would be a breeze!" Mr. Ryan was that type of person, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family.
David Whalen, employee
John Ryan was an inspiration to watch as a basketball coach. He was quiet and efficient, and he will leave a large hole in the area sports scene. I cannot begin to imagine the pain of his family.
Robert McGwier, acquaintance