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Honorable Paul E. Ryan

Obituary for Honorable Paul E. Ryan

July 9, 1932 - March 18, 2018
Rockland, Massachusetts | Age 85


Honorable Paul E. Ryan, 85, retired District Court Judge passed peacefully on March 18, 2018 at the South Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockland. He was born on July 9, 1932, son of the late Thomas F. and Margaret V. (McAleer) Ryan, he was born and raised in South Boston. He graduated from South Boston High School.

A Veteran of the Korean War, he proudly served in United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He attended Suffolk University for his Bachelor's Degree and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1960.

Attorney Ryan started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, then as an Assistant Attorney General for the State, and went into private practice in 1960. Nominated by Governor Edward J. King, he was sworn in as Special Justice of the Barnstable District Court on February 6, 1981. Later sitting as the Presiding Justice of Taunton District Court, he spent his final years initiating and managing the Civil Conciliation Program at Stoughton District Court. A successful program aimed at decreasing the back log of civil cases, it was later adopted by other courts in Brockton, Quincy, Hingham, Wareham and Plymouth.

Judge Ryan was a dedicated Public Servant having served as the Chairman of the board of Selectman for the Town of Rockland, he also served as Town Moderator and on the Conservation Committee. He was a member and Past Grand Knight of the Rockland Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Husband of the late Marie F. Lahaise) Ryan, he is survived by his children, Janice Novicki of East Bridgewater, Richard E. Ryan, Paul J. Ryan, Donna Ryan, Diane M. Ryan and Pamela J. Ryan all of Rockland. He was the brother of Grace McInnis of Hanson and the proud grandfather of Ryan Novicki of East Bridgewater, Alycia M. Ryan, Christopher J. Ryan and Victoria J. Murray all of Rockland.

The Ryan family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate his life on Thursday March 22, 2018 in the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St. in Rockland from 5:00-8:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday March 23, 2018 in Holy Family Church in Rockland at 9:00 AM. Donations in his memory may be made to the Rockland Education Foundation, P.O. Box 764, Rockland, MA 02370. For directions or the share a memory on his "Tributes" page, please visit,

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