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To Marie and family and Jim and family and extended relatives and friends, we extend our deepest condolences on John's passing. He will always be remembered from his extraordinary performances in Trinity. He could indeed bring you to tears or laughter. Before his illness he was an interesting man to have a conversation with - whether he agreed with you or not. This feels like the end of an era. May his soul rest in peace.

Greg and Joan Veitch

2020-06-04 13:40:15

Sincerest condolences to Marie & Brendan and family and to Jim Ryan and his family. John, and Anita, were always there to help us out during our times of sorrow and mourning and will never be forgotten for their great compassion, love and concern. Rest in Heavenly Peace, John. Bernice, Ryan and Vanessa Wade.

Bernice Wade

2020-06-04 13:53:21

Marie and family so sorry to read of John’s passing. Our condolences to all. Those printed words do whole heartedly depict the true person that John was.. a teacher, an actor, a teller of tales and stories, a man with amazing talent and a kind heart ...i’m sure he’s wearing that familiar grin as he takes his final curtain.. you’ll miss him ...God Bless

Mike and Jeanette Mahoney

2020-06-04 13:57:24

Our thoughts and prayers are with John's family at this time. We have been residents of Woodfords Comfort Manor for the past 3 years and we're aquatinted with John.

Bob and Audrey Lindstrom

2020-06-04 14:51:31

Marie, Brendan and families. John’s obituary eloquently depicts his many lifetime achievements while delivering the sad news of his passing. I have fond memories of John and Anita dating back to our days as university students. They were a perfect pairing in life and in art. John has rejoined his soulmate! May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Anne Marie Carroll

2020-06-04 15:18:35

Condolences Marie on the passing of your brother John .

Donna Lawlor

2020-06-04 15:23:28

Since I heard the news all I can think about are the early days of our teaching careers when John, Anita and I were exiled to the boonies and drove to Holyrood together on many weekends. Anita’s wicked driving and John declaiming poetry. Great singalongs. So sad to have lost them both much too soon but such great memories. Condolences to all of you from Sharon and Ted. Hope we can get together soon and remember him properly.

Sharon Kirby

2020-06-04 15:34:12

To the Ryan and Hunt families, it saddens me to learn that John has left us. I remember being so utterly impressed by his natural gift for acting and his power of possesssion over an audience. Now the curtain is drawn on Act 111 so may John rest in perfect peace and be rejoined with Anita.

Rosemary Taplin

2020-06-04 15:56:13

So sorry to hear. John was a brilliant and talented man

Lori Ann Walsh

2020-06-04 16:08:28

R.I.P., Old Friend.

Claude House

2020-06-04 16:09:35

Marie, Brendan & Family: Our Sincerest Condolences on John's passing. We remember him at family socials/weddings with a recitation or song. Always the "ACTOR". Marie, you have been so supportive to John during his illness and will miss him dearly, as will your family. May John & Anita have eternal peace. Love, Anne & Keith

Anne Peddle

2020-06-04 16:33:57

Tom and I were saddened to hear of John's death. We enjoyed his company often over the years and know he will be missed. To you, Marie and Brendan, (and all of John's family) we extend our sincere sympathies. Hopefully knowing that others are thinking of you during this sad time will bring you some comfort. Sending our love, Sheila and Tom

Sheila and Tom Duggan

2020-06-04 16:41:59

I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I’ll always remember him as a fellow member of Centre Stage Players and as a great actor. What he and Anita accomplished in “Sea Marks” will be remembered by those who seen it for a very long time. I’m one of the people who did lose touch, but I often thought of him with a smile. My sincere condolences to John’s family.

Bev Doyle

2020-06-04 16:50:51

Sorry to hear about john

Mike &betty

2020-06-04 17:03:27

My condolences to the Ryan and Hunt family who were amazing caregivers for John To the end. John’s humour and storytelling were amazing, and dearly missed. John and Anita were loved by many. I hope they are putting on a show together today! xoxo

Karen Veitch Winsor

2020-06-04 17:06:09

My sincere condolences to Marie and all of John's relatives and friends. John made his mark. He definitely made his Mark.

kevin Joseph lewis

2020-06-04 17:12:28

Marie & Family, Very sorry to hear of “Uncle John’s “passing . Over the years through birthday’s etc it was always nice to have a chat with this interesting man . You .. a great sister always made sure he was taken care of. Sending my deepest condolences to you , & Brenden, Ryan,Cherri Lee,John, David ,Arron & Clair & their families. Anita waiting on stage .. Elvis has left the building All my love Tricia & Wendy

Patricia Kelly

2020-06-04 17:46:23

Condolences to the family RIP

John Mahoney

2020-06-04 17:49:58

Marie, Brendan and family, My sincere condolences on the death of John, . I was truly saddened to hear the news. I have lots of fond memories dating back to university years, and before and after that time. Thinking of John automatically brought to mind memories of Aunt Bride.Once again, my sympathy and all the best. treasure the memories. Jim McGrath

Jim McGrath

2020-06-04 17:50:33

Marie and family, we are sorry to hear of John’s passing. May he rest in the peace of the risen Lord. Rose and Bill Healey.

Bill Healey

2020-06-04 17:52:19

Deepest sympathy at your loss. May he rest in eternal peace

Bernadette Boland & Wayne Cantwell

2020-06-04 18:00:02

May your beautiful soul rest in peace John. Always remember you and Anita with a smile and great memories

Juanita Lidster

2020-06-04 18:02:03

Very sorry to hear of johns passing. John was a very outgoing and sociable person with many talents . I really enjoyed my conversations with him on my visits to colliers. John was mc at our wedding and had the guests in tears laughing with his humorous wit and charm . Deepest sympathy to Marie and all the family from myself Betty and Mark.

Ken Burke

2020-06-04 18:19:23

To Marie,jim and families sorry to hear of john passing a lot of fond memories. Enjoyed his acting very much.he had a lot of talent

George Power

2020-06-04 18:28:14

So very sorry to hear of John’s passing...sincere condolences to Marie and the rest of John’s family. ...a legend! Rest in peace John.

Diane Cole Slade

2020-06-04 18:33:12

Marie so sorry to hear of the passing of John, cherish your memories.

Kit and Mike Griffin

2020-06-04 18:42:24



2020-06-04 18:45:40

Marie,Brenda,and all the Ryan and Hunt families!Our deepest condolences on John's passing!


2020-06-04 18:45:52

I always loved it when John would help Anita with our high school drama festival performances. He always made us laugh. So very sorry for your loss.

Bridgette McCaw

2020-06-04 18:46:47

Sorry to hear about John's passing,condolences to the family he is now happy with his wife & parents RIP John

Bill & Annie Jackman

2020-06-04 19:24:09

My sincere condolences to Marie & all members of the Ryan & Veitch Families during this difficult time . John was such a sincere & down to earth guy. Soar with the angels John . God speed .

Bernice & Hubert Wall

2020-06-04 19:24:28

Deepest sympathy to the families and friends.

Barbara Murphy

2020-06-04 20:05:59

Marie and family, our sincere condolences to you on John’s passing. John and Anita were icons in the arts community. Rest peacefully John.

Ed and Marguerite Mahoney

2020-06-04 20:06:41

Sincere condolences to Marie, Brendan and family and all of John’s family. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Angela and Bernard

Angela Doyle

2020-06-04 20:08:34

Condolence to the Ryan family.i've known Mr. Ryan for the past two years and enjoyed talking to him and listening to his stories he will be missed greatly. I will pray for his soul. Rip

Gina whelan

2020-06-04 20:18:21

Marie, Brendan and family. Shannon and myself are very sorry to hear the news of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Dana Brazil

2020-06-04 20:38:31

Condolences to the family John was a member of the first graduating class from Roncalli in Avondale Rest in peace my friend

Paul and Jean Kelly

2020-06-04 20:45:28

Marie and all John’s Family, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing! His beautifully versed obituary certainly reflects his passion for the arts and a great love of people! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Joyce Fewer

2020-06-04 20:54:36

so sorry to hear of Johns Passing. May he rest in peace

michael bennett

2020-06-04 21:09:16

Marie, Brendan and family, we are deeply sorry to hear of John's passing. Thinking of you during this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace John.

Frank & Mary Barron

2020-06-04 21:25:38

Marie,Brendan and family-so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We know how much love and support you have given John and the care you’ve provided throughout the past years. His beautiful obituary provides a glimpse of who he was and how he’ll be remembered.. Take comfort in your memories of him in your lives. God Bless Evelyn and Gerrianne

Gerrianne Devereaux

2020-06-04 21:40:29

Marie, Brendan and Family : So very sorry and sad to hear of John’s passing . Thoughts are with you and our deepest condolences to you all . We hope you find special comfort in the memories you all hold close to your heart . R.I.P. John Gerry and Bren Lewis Con. Hr.

Gerry Ryan Lewis

2020-06-04 21:42:25

Marie, Jim and family we are so sorry to hear of John‘s passing. Many fond childhood memories. He certainly lived his life to the fullest and most certainly without regret Hugs

BettyAnne & Eddie McCarthy

2020-06-04 21:57:56

To Marie, Brendan and the Hunt family, also Jim and family, So sorry to hear of John's passing. We have been friends for a long time and will miss him. May he rest in peace. Geraldine Whelan Hawco and the Whelan family

Geraldine Whelan Hawco

2020-06-04 22:06:13

So sorry to hear of Johns passing. Condolences to the Ryan and Veitch families. Keep your memories of him close to your heart and he will always be with you. RIP John

Agnes and Harold Furey

2020-06-04 22:11:20

Marie, my heartfelt condolences to you and all your family .

Pat Walsh

2020-06-04 22:12:29

Our condolences Marie, Brendan, Jim, Gail and to your families on John's passing. The last years were difficult for John.He was blessed to have the care and support of a family with kind and giving hearts, with a wonderful leader such as Marie, always there to answer the call. May John have every opportunity to recite his poetry for heavenly audiences! Ron and Marie Mazure

Ron and Marie (Veitch) Mazure

2020-06-04 22:15:16

Our sincere condolences on the passing of John. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. He was a very talented man and his memory will live on. RIP John

Clarence and Pat. Joy and family

2020-06-04 22:30:43

We are surprised to hear of John's passing. He will always be remembered as a talented , pleasant, positive person. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Ron and Marie Power

2020-06-04 22:40:02

Marie I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. While I worked at Woodford’s I found John to be quite a character. I enjoyed conversing with him. He will be missed.

Della Wade

2020-06-04 22:45:09

My deepest condolences to Marie, Brendan and family. John was a character for sure. Learned, insightful, infectious smile, bellowing laugh and a great friend. I knew him for 53 years and miss him already. Tom Hawco

Tom Hawco

2020-06-04 23:06:15

I knew John through the drama. Wonderful down to earth person & great actor. He will be surely missed by many!!

Jocelyn Ralph

2020-06-05 01:48:48

Sorry to hear of John’s passing.Fond memories of John and the Ryan Family. Rest Easy John you will never be forgotten. Anne Wade

Anne Wade

2020-06-05 07:07:30

Marie and Family - Sorry to hear the news of John. I have lots of fond memories of time spent with John and Anita. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Elinor Veitch

2020-06-05 07:44:32


michael hawco

2020-06-05 08:10:24

Sincere condolences Marie and Brendan on John’s passing...my sister Dorothy was his friend,and I think her friend Frances Whelan was his close friend.....RIP John...

Virginia and Jim Myers

2020-06-05 08:15:07

To Marie,Brendan and Family, We are saddened to hear of John's passing. We thoroughly enjoyed watching John perform in Trinity and Revue but will mostly miss the lively conversations we had with him and Anita whenever our paths would cross. He made our evenings a little brighter like the Old Lamplighter of long long ago. Walter and Lynn Quinlan

Walter Quinlan

2020-06-05 08:21:20

Deepest Condolences, RIP John

Matt & Mary Lou Whelan

2020-06-05 08:40:09

Marie& family So very sorry to read of John's passing Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time You & Brendan are always in our prayers Rest in peace John.

Maureen Woodford

2020-06-05 09:21:31

I am so sorry for the loss of John and Anita, my condolence to the families of John and Anita..may their gentle souls R.i.P. Amen..

Teresa Kennedy

2020-06-05 09:27:20

Marie & Brendan- I got to know John & Anita in my “early days” of hanging out at the Beach Cottage debating every topic from music to politics. He certainly sharpened by debating skills. So much fun and such a good soul. Many fond memories. John & Anita are finally together. RIP John.

Laura Dunphy

2020-06-05 10:07:33

I offer my condolences to all of John's family.

Ronald Joy

2020-06-05 11:13:56

so sorry to hear of John,s passing. our condolences and prayers to all the family. his obituary say it all. may his gentle soul rest in peace. god bless. BOB & PHIL BENNETT.

philomena gushue

2020-06-05 11:36:01

My sincerest and deepest sympathies. My father always spoke so fondly of John and my memories of him are larger than life. Wishing you comfort and peace in this difficult time. JoAnna McGrath

JoAnna McGrath

2020-06-05 12:22:56

Marie, So sorry for your loss. I know you and John were very close so the loss is all the greater. Condolences also to the Hunt and Ryan families. Regards Roseanne and Alex

Roseanne and Alex

2020-06-05 13:59:05

Marie and Family: Deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear brother, John. He was a fine actor. Marie you were a very good sister to John. He is at peace with the love of his life, Anita. God rest his gentle soul. Rosalind and Gordon Ryan

Rosalind Power Ryan

2020-06-05 15:07:18

Sincere condolence to Marie and family. I have known John since he was a young child, he was a very nice and kind person. I have many memories of John. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP John.

Mary mcDonald

2020-06-05 16:10:18

MY sincere condolences to Johns family on his passing.Ifirst met John on his first year at school. And it was my first year teaching as well. John was such a smart little boy. GOD BLESS to all of you Margie and Rose.

margie whelan

2020-06-05 17:10:43

Our sincere condolences to |Marie, Jim and families on the passing of your brother John, We always enjoyed John at the varies plays in Trinity.RIP in John, Marg and \val


2020-06-05 19:14:57

Deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. I first met him and Anita when he was writing for the Newfoundland Herald and I was just starting a musical career. He was a great supporter of and advocate for all Newfoundland artists, with whom I had the pleasure of working on several of Rising Tide’s Revues. He was hard-working, cheerful, and devoted to stage craft, never happier, it seemed, than at the end of a successful show and graciously accepting applause from an appreciative audience. Sincere condolences to the family, and I’m doubly sorry not to be able to pay my respects in person at his service. Rest in peace, John, and I’ll always remember you, especially when I’m “out on the water”.

Jim Payne

2020-06-05 20:18:04

Marie, Brendan and family We were deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. Such a remarkable man - interesting, pleasant, superbly talented and always a gentleman. May your precious memories bring you comfort and peace. Sincere condolences to you all. Mary and Patrick Whelan

Mary and Patrick Whelan

2020-06-05 21:30:08

So sad to hear of John's passing. John and Anita were such a big part of our lives when we lived in Conception Harbour;we spent many nights...and, early mornings sitting, chatting and laughing around the kitchen table. Oh, the fun we had! We had an instant extended family through John with Marie,Brendan and the beautiful Hunt family. Sorry for the sadness you are feeling right now. May John rest in peace as he travels home to reunite with his leading actress.

Janet Lahey and Gary Lahey

2020-06-05 21:41:53

Marie & family: Our sincerest condolences of John’s passing. Great memories will live on. Eileen & Ellie Veitch

Eileen Veitch

2020-06-05 21:50:34

To Marie and the Hunt & Ryan families,we are sorry to hear of John's passing. Our sympathy to you all. He leaves a legacy in the Newfoundland drama scene. May he rest in peace. Walter and Shirley

Walter&Shirley LaCour

2020-06-05 21:59:52

To Marie, Brendan and family. Marie so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother.My thoughts are with you all.

Patricia Fagan

2020-06-05 22:21:49

Dear Marie, Brendan, The Ryan and Hunt families and John's friends. I want to let you know I was one of the lucky ones to see John Ryan perform on stage and watch him in Trinity. When I saw his picture I was immediately brought back to Trinity. John was gifted. I always felt that John wasn't performing or acting; he was living the part. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Sincerely, Gladys

Gladys McDonald

2020-06-06 08:43:20

So very sad to hear of Johns passing. I have so many memories of his mamy years working with Rising Tide.He was a marvellous actor, dedicated, passionate,with a fierce love of life, of traditions, of homeland.Thousands watched and watched and admired him perform over the years with us. He gave his all to every performance. His mighty strength and was always on evidence.John's joy of life was immense.We are preparing our 42 years of Rising Tide for the archives this summer and yesterday morning he pulled a photo out of a box and it was John in the Pageant. It was a moving moment. I like to think he was saying good bye.I wish you the best as you hold on to your memories.

Donna Butt

2020-06-06 08:58:48

MY prayers go out to the Ryan family and friends at this sad time in life ! RIP John !

Tyrone Flannigan

2020-06-06 10:37:56

Marie, Jim and families, I was very sorry to hear about John.Thinking of you and remembering many great childhood visits to Colliers.

Marie Brine

2020-06-06 11:35:10

My sincere sympathy to Marie and all John’s family as you mourn the loss of your loved one. He was a very pleasant man who always made time to chat wherever we met over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May John rest in the peace of Christ.

Anne Doyle. Avondale

2020-06-06 15:44:29

Our deepest condolences to all of John’s family and friends. Rest In Peace John.

Ann and Terry Wade

2020-06-06 17:53:24

For the many years of entertainment, on an offstage, we all thank you John and Anita. Hoping you find each other soon on the other side of life’s main stage curtain.

Terri andrews

2020-06-06 18:57:14

Marie, Jim and families; So sorry to learn of John's passing. Sincere condolences to you and all family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Rest in Peace John.

Gus & Ellen Hawco

2020-06-06 21:24:55

Heartfelt condolences to Marie, Jim and families.. We are saddened to hear of John’s passing, but will always remember him fondly from our time at school together ‘on the ridge’, ‘down the harbour’, and then on to high school in Avondale. Over the years, since then, during our regular visits back to Colliers, it was always a pleasure to stop by to have a ‘chat’ with John and Anita. In recent years, we still enjoyed the opportunity to stop and chat with John, whether it was on the church steps after mass in Colliers, or at the folk fest on Colliers ball field.... Rest In Peace, dear friend... School buddies, Frances and Johnny Whelan

Frances Whelan

2020-06-07 12:47:15

Marie, Brendan and family. Noel and I sent our deepest condolences. Sending you our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Jean and Noel Hunt

Jean & Noel Hunt

2020-06-07 13:16:06

Our deepest sympathy to all the family Marie and Brendan.I have Many great memories of John in school in Colliers. And later years of Him in Trinity,he was a great actor. R.I. P. My Friend. Eric & Geraldine Beckett

Geraldine Beckett

2020-06-07 14:43:03

Marie and Brendan & families So saddened to hear of John’s passing, please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers as you lay him to rest. He was a kind and gentle soul, and well loved by everyone, our condolences to all the family. RIP John Genevieve also sends her condolences and prayers to the family. Beth & Reg Coombs Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Beth & Reg Coombs

2020-06-07 15:17:33

Marie and Family, please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of John to forever hold in your hearts.

Sharon Kieley

2020-06-07 17:01:03

It's a sad but inevitable experience to hear of an old friend's passing. I was a "trouper" with John on a few stages especially at the summer plays in Trinity and I've also been in the audience as he performed. I especially remember his performance in the two-person play "Sea Marks." Several summers I shared a house with John and Ed Keilly while we three were performers at the Trinity summer theatre festival. Long may your big jib draw John.

Frank Holden

2020-06-07 18:02:18

It was definitely a shock to hear of John's passing. As was said in his obituary, John could bring tears and laughter to many of his friends and family. During our university years, he brought many sessions of laughter to me and later I experienced many more emotions when he put on those excellent performances on stage. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to all his family.

Herb Dunphy

2020-06-07 18:23:43

Marie, Brendan & family So sorry to hear about John. A very bright light extinguished much too soon!

Pat & Gerard Furey

2020-06-08 03:53:53

Marie, Brendan and Family - Our sincere sympathy on John’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Marie & Brian Hurley

Marie Hurley

2020-06-08 09:51:44

Marie and Jim and families my deepest condolences on John’s passing. We shared a childhood in Colliers and later developed a passion for theatre and books. I regret we never fulfilled our plan to act together. John was a man filled with a love of life and a zest for living. His voice will always be in my head.

Gary Walsh

2020-06-08 10:08:50

Marie, Family & Friends I meet John in 1970 when Anita & I shared an apartment in St. John's. She was going to MUN and I was working at the Arts and Cultural Center. John was always a very interesting and special person. He had such a easy way about himself. John always had an opinion to share on any and all subjects. We had the privilege of attend a few on the plays with John and Anita.They always give an excellent performance. We saw John and Anita the day before she passed. We had just arrived for our daughter's graduation from MUN and we drove out to see Anita. Spending over 3 hrs with them both reminiscing about the past; they were true soul mates. So very sorry to hear of John's passing. Sending heartfelt sympathy to you all. Keep you in thought and prayer. Sincerely

John & Madonna (Lewis) Mortensen

2020-06-08 12:01:44

Marie, Brendan & family, Our deepest sympathy on John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jacinta & Gary

Jacinta Besso-Waterman

2020-06-09 10:40:09

John's passing will certainly leave a void in your lives. Marie you've been such a devoted sister, he was so blessed to have you in his life . He is at peace now being united again with Anita. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Joyce Kieley & Ed Dwyer

Joyce Kieley

2020-06-09 20:49:19

My sympathies to Marie, Jim and your families and John's loved ones. A one-of-a-kind man who has left quite a legacy and wonderful memories. His home was Colliers and our town is so much less without him. Rest easy, John..???????? Nora Phillips

Nora Phillips

2020-06-11 11:22:25

Marie and Brendan and all of Johns family and friends. Sorry to hear of Johns passing ,especially in these unusual times.I imagine John and Anita are together again ,wherever gifted and talented people like them go,,entertaining all around them.Sending love.

Catherine Veitch

2020-06-16 12:44:53

Marie and family, our deepest copndolences on the passing of your brother John. He was a wonderful entertainer and we enjoyed seeing him many times in Trinity.

Georgina Osmond

2020-06-30 16:15:14

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