Gerald J. “Jerry” Ryan, Jr., age 70

of Dennis

Gerald J. “Jerry” Ryan, Jr., age 70

Gerald J. “Jerry” Ryan, Jr., age 70, of Dennis, formerly of Quincy, passed away, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, surrounded by his wife and children.

Born in Boston, to the late Doris T. (Bellenoit) and Gerald J. Ryan, Sr., he was raised in Quincy. Jerry was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1968, and received a BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in 1973. He began and ended his career working for the City of Boston’s Department of Public Works as a civil engineer, retiring in 2011 as Chief Engineer of the Public Improvement Commission. After retirement, he was a member of the Dennis Golf Courses since 2012 and an active member of Friends of Dennis Pickleball.

Jerry had a love for storytelling and was known for his sarcastic and self-deprecating sense of humor. He never missed an opportunity to have ice cream for dessert. He had a kind heart, and when he asked how you were doing, he genuinely cared and listened to your answer. He was tremendously handy and used his talents to transform the Cape house into a dream home. He loved Jeopardy, fantasy football, giving generous gifts chosen at the eleventh hour, singing for a crowd, and a properly loaded dishwasher. He was extremely loved and will be missed.

Beloved husband for forty-three years of Joan C. (McCaffrey) Ryan, the sunshine of his life.

Devoted father of Stephen P. Ryan and his wife Marissa, Michael D. Ryan and his wife Holly, Kaitlin B. Ryan and her fiancé Matthew Johnson.

Loving grandfather of Mirabelle, Sullivan, Fitzgerald, Sydney, and Liam.

Dear brother of Margaret A. “Peggy” Orlando and her husband Thomas, Karen R. Kane and her husband Timothy, Kathleen A. Ryan, Richard P. Ryan, Timothy J. Ryan, Sharon T. Ryan (is the baby), and the late Kevin P. Ryan and his surviving wife Patricia.

Jerry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, July 24, from 4 – 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Dennis will take place at 2 p.m. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to Dr. Greg Cote’s Angiosarcoma Research and Dr. Alessio Fasano’s Celiac Disease Research at MGH at, or VNA Hospice at, or L’Arche at


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  • My deepest sympathy. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • Gerry was a gentleman and will be missed by all

  • Dear Joan & family,

    I have the heaviest heart for you all. I really do know how deep and painful this loss is for each of you. Jerry was a fine, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, and Friend. Holding on and visualizing the memories of him in each of these roles will comfort you in the days to come. I vow to be a “prayer warrior” for all of you as you journey the difficult path of grief.

    With Love, Pat

  • Sending our love to Joan and the entire Ryan family. We have so many
    fond memories of good times spent together. Jerry will be sorely missed.
    Heaven certainly gained another angel. xoxo

  • Dear Joan, children and all The Ryan’s,

    Please accept my condolences on Jerry’s passing. I remember his quick smile and his even quicker wit. Keeping you all (especially dear friend Karen) in my thoughts and prayers. Best, Liz Duval

  • Deepest condolences on the loss of a genuinely good guy.
    Love David & Lorraine

  • Dear Joan
    This is such a huge loss for you & your family. He was a wonderful, funny guy. May time and many happy memories help you though this difficult period. He will be missed. With love & prayers, JoAnne

  • Joan and Family,
    Sending our deepest sympathy to all of you.
    You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So very sorry for your loss.

  • I’m so sorry. Sending so much love <3

  • Joan and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Gerry was such a wonderful and caring person. He always went out of his way at family parties to ask about our kids and families and took a genuine interest in other people’s lives. He will be missed. Please let us know if there is anything you need or that we can do for you.

    Joe and Kelly Innello and family.

  • I am so sorry , Jerry always brought a smile to my face every time he came to visit.He was a kind and ,sincere person. Who did tell great stories. !!! RIP

  • I was saddened to hear of the loss of Gerry. He was a kind man and always nice to me and my wife here in Quincy. We have only been in Quincy for a few short years and having Gerry and Joan as wonderful neighbors made it even more special. God bless you Gerry and may you Rest In Peace.

    Annie and Kevin McCarey

  • Ryan family, so very sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an angel and left all of you with wonderful memories. Know that we are thinking and praying for all of you .

  • Peggy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Joan,

    Joe and I were so sad to hear about Gerry. He was a class act. RIP

  • Joan & family- so sorry on the loss of Jerry. He will be so missed by family, friends & acquaintances.

  • Dear Peggy & Family- So very sorry for your loss of Jerry My thoughts & prayers are with God Bless

  • Dear Joan and Family
    My deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of Jerry. He I will always be remembered for his kindness fun loving spirit. Love and prayers for all of you on this tremendous loss.
    Love Loretta

  • I am truly sorry from my heart and offering my deepest condolences to The Ryan Family and especially to Joan for your loss..This has been truly one horrible year thus far ..You all are still a strong family and will get through this tragic time. Time is your main healer peace always Daniel J Crowley.

  • Jerry was a wonderful man, a father, grandfather and husband of Joan. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers. In Christ Love <3

  • Dear Ryan Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss…Jerry was such a wonderful man. Sending my thoughts & prayers to you all.

    Beth Donovan

  • May your hearts be filled with love from all who knew Jerry and loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ryan family at this very hard time. God bless!

  • Jerry has given us such fond memories Not a beach day will go by without thinking of him.

  • So sorry for the Ryan’s loss. I know Jerry will truly be missed. Prayers to help get through this trying time.

  • Jerry was a wonderful person and gift to so many. He was courageous in his battle and determined to fight his disease with every last ounce of him. He was a warrior whom I had the privilege to share space with and who’s smile made my day. May he be at peace and may his loving family find strength in his love and memories.

  • We are so deeply saddened by the loss of Jerry. Jerry was our neighbor. I always looked forward to seeing his friendly face and stopping for a conversation with him while on a neighborhood walk with my 3 young children. Jerry really cared about people and had so much love for his family. I enjoyed hearing stories of him raising his own 3 children in this neighborhood. I saw the excitement and love in his face as he told me stories of his young grandchildren, who are similar ages to my own children. He was truly a special person. Joan and family, we send prayers of comfort, peace, and strength during this most difficult time.

  • My heart is broken! Jerry was a good friend and neighbor for over 40 years. What good memories we have of all the great times we spent together. Heaven has gained another Jenness Street angel. Joan, Steve and family, Mike and family , kaitlyn and fiance know that my love and prayers are with you all now and always.

  • Mike and Holly …Our deepest sympathy for your loss . Your Dad always had a smile and was such a pleasant man. Mike So sorry for your Mom and siblings ❤️

  • Dear Joan, Mike and family
    I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Joan know that I’m here if you need an ear or anything else
    💚🌈🦋🙏 Mary

  • Joan and Family,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Jerry was such a nice man. He was always so kind and friendly to everyone. It was evident how he loved you all with his whole heart and that you can cherish forever. We are sending all our love and thoughts to your family. 💙

  • Ryan Family, we’re very sorry for your loss. Mr. Ryan was a true gentleman and will be missed dearly. Sending our thoughts and prayers.

    -Stephen, Christina, and Luca