In Memory

John J. Ryan

John J. Ryan

RYAN, John J. Jr. "Jocko" 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 Marines from 1964-1968, where he was stationed in Vietnam. 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 was predeceased by his grandson Joseph Finn and leaves his grandchildren Tara Cowan, Nick Malatesta, Sally, Grace & Jack Ryan. He was 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 at 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. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Services for Mr. Ryan will be private. Please consider a donation to the . To leave an online condolence, please visit

Published in The Boston Globe on May 20, 2020

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05/21/20 09:26 AM #1    

Bonnie M. Lewis (Hayner)

From Facebook:


Today the world lost one of the best hockey coaches I ever had. Jocko not only taught me how to play the game I’ve been playing since I was 4 but he taught me the love of the game, that kept me playing through my college years. It makes me happy to know that I am not the only Arlington hockey player that learned to play the greatest game on ice from coach Jocko. He shaped so many Arlington hockey players into the great players they are today. RIP coach Jocko, thank you for all of your years of service.

05/21/20 05:35 PM #2    

John Troike


My deepest condolences.  If I had to trust anyone to cover my 6, it would be  John and the USMC



From a NAVY rio who returned to the Carrier every time.  The marines and Army didn't have that luxury





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