The Old Paradians’ Association has been notified of the passing of a former student of the College Jack Ryan (1944).
The following tribute to Jack has been paid by his friend and fellow Old Paradian Patrick Whitehouse (1961).
Jack Ryan was born in 1930, one of four children to Patrick and Anne Ryan. He was raised in Northcote - an area with which he was associated for most of his life.
Jack was schooled at CBC East Melbourne, but left in wartime in 1944 - as did a number of young men in those years.
He took up an apprenticeship in panel beating and eventually opened his own panel shop in Westgarth which he managed until his retirement when he turned his mind to other interests.
In 1970, Jack married Dorothy McKenna - a local Northcote lass - and they were together until she passed away in 2019.
For many years after Jack’s departure from the panel beating profession, he and Dorothy turned their interests to the hotel industry. Together they owned and managed several outlets over a number of years.
Following his loss of Dorothy, Jack experienced a period of ill-health which gradually intensified until his passing on July 29. He was 90 years of age. Jack was a good and loyal friend rememberedby family and friends particularly his sister-in- law Kate and her husband Peter.
Rest in peace Jack,
The Old Paradians' Association has also been notified of the passing of former student Fr Michael Wheeler (1954) in Epworth Hospital on Tuesday, August 11.