Joseph Bondurant Ryan, J r.
November 27, 1932 - April 4, 2015
Joseph Rya n passed away on April 4, 2015 in Norwalk, CT at the age of 82. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on November 27, 1932, Joe was the son of Joseph B. Ryan and Charlotte Boettger Ryan. Joe is pre-deceased by his parents and his sons Mark and Joseph 8. Ryan III, grandsons Daniel and Joe, and his sister Ta.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ginger, his children Thomas, Cindy, and Michael, his sister Lillie, and grandchildren Chrystalee Castellana, Kelly Ryan Parker, Jenny, Cassidy, Katrine, Erik, Alexa and Emma Ryan.
Joe grew up on the Philadelphia Main Line and graduated from St. Paul’s Preparatory School in Concord, N H and New York University. After serving in the US Navy, Joe lived in Queens, NY and worked for American Airlines. This began his love of aviation and where he met Ginger who was a stewardess on TWA’s Super Connies. They moved to Madison, NJ where they began a family and on to Riverside, CT, ultimately home for twenty-five years. Work took Joe and the family to Detroit and Los Angeles. At that point in time he received an offer to work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the national airline as System Director for Planning and International Affairs. He was most proud of the achievements of the airline while he was there.
Upon his return from Africa, Joe resumed working for American Airlines and then moved into recruiting.
He was active in politics, first for the RTM in Greenwich then in Sun City West, AZ where they retired. Joe was particularly interested in transportation issues and delivering medical care to underserved areas. His earnest pursuit of solutions for these problems will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for any donations to be made to the educational institution of the donor’s choice in his name. Arrangements are being handled by Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk, CT. He will have final rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N Y. There will be a private memorial service.