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Obituary for John Pierce Ryan

John Pierce Ryan, 74

Westfield – John Pierce Ryan, 74, passed away on August 15, 2019 at his home in Westfield. Born in San Francisco, CA, he grew up in Brooklyn before settling in Westfield in 1977.

John was a veteran, having served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during Vietnam and earning 2 Bronze Stars. He worked as a lawyer for the City of New York prior to retiring.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Shugrue Ryan; his brother Robert; his children, Timothy, Brendan, Jason, and many grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Pierce Joseph Ryan and sister, Mary Beth Ryan.

Visitation will be at Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield on Thursday from 7-9PM and Friday from 2-4PM and 7-9PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 9:30AM at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America ( and Family Promise ( For additional information, please visit