James N. Ryan
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Amesbury, MA - Jim passed away unexpectedly at his home in Amesbury (formerly of Everett). Son of the late James and Catherine (Furlong) Ryan and brother of the late Helen Ryan. Beloved husband of nearly 68 years to Lucille M (Carli). Born and raised in Everett, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, achieving the rank of Sergeant. After an honorable discharge, he worked for many years as Asst. Chief, - Bureau of Local Tax Assessment - Commonwealth of MA. Jim enjoyed and participated in local politics and served as Councillor-Ward 3 in Everett and later Assessor in Amesbury. He was a proud member of Lodge of Elks - Everett/Saugus, and Past-President -Franco-American Social Club.

Jim and Lucille raised their family in Everett and Amesbury before relocating full time to Lake Attitash in Amesbury. He is survived by his wife, Lucille, son, James Paul and his wife Deborah of Saugus, daughters Kathleen of Newburyport, Joanne and her fiance Jim Gannon of Danvers; Janet Faulkner and her husband Bill of Amesbury and Clearwater, FL. He was the proud and loving grandfather to Lauren (Mauriello) DeFrancesco and her husband Craig, Nicholas Mauriello and his wife Andressa, Stephanie Ryan, Jane (Mauriello) Sollee and her husband Steven, Emily and Alina Ryan, David Ryan and his wife Melissa, Krisanne Butler and her husband Matt; and great grandchildren Max and Myles DeFrancesco, Maeve and Maya Ryan, Madison, Will, and Evan Butler, and had been awaiting the arrival his great-granddaugher Nora Lucille Sollee. He is also survived by many extended family members and friends.

He most enjoyed spending time at his home on Lake Attitash watching the activities at his bird feeder, the boating, the ducks and swans, and the changing seasons. His home had a revolving door always welcoming family for both planned and impromptu visits and at his home in Safety Harbor, Florida spending time with friends. He enjoyed travel and his annual cruises to Bermuda with family. Jim will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the charities close to our hearts: American Heart Association, P.O. 417005, Boston, MA 02241; Autism Speaks of Boston, 85 Devonshire St 9th floor, Boston, MA 02109; Society of Multiple Sclerosis - New England Chapter, 101A 1st Ave, Waltham, MA 02451; It's My Heart New England, P.O. Box 111, Danvers, MA 01923.

Visiting Hours: An Hour of Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 4 from 8:30-9:30 am at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St. in AMESBURY, MA. Funeral Mass will follow at the Holy Family Parish Church, 2 School St., in Amesbury at 10:00 am.
Published on February 29, 2020


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Susan Rochwarg and Jeffrey French
Mar 04, 2020
We're saddened to hear about your loss with Janet's Dad such a big part of your lives. May his memory live on forever in your hearts and his indelible imprint on the spirit in you and others whose lives he touched. May you be comforted by love surrounding you.
tom campbell and family
Mar 01, 2020
sorry to hear about jim he was always a great friend to our family
Bill and Susan Lepito
Mar 01, 2020
So sorry Lucille and everyone.
Though we can not be with you we send our love and support. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time.