We lost our beloved, patriotic hero.
James Holcomb Ryan, "Jim," "Jimmy," "Pappy,""Poppy," "Pap," "Seamus," "Rydog" slipped peacefully away, surrounded by his large family on the evening of November 12, 2021. Jim was born in Bronxville, New York to Olive Mae Ryan and Joseph Lee Ryan on September 9, 1933. Jim spent his early childhood in Shaker Heights, Ohio, before his family settled in Brentwood, California.
From St Paul's the Apostle, to Emerson Jr High, to University High, then a loyal alumni of UCLA. Fittingly, Jim was social director of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He rowed crew, played intramural football, played in the Fife and Drum Corps as he studied business. He joined the Coast Guard reserve while at UCLA. After graduation he immediately attended Officers Candidate School, His active service began as a Coast Guard Search and Rescue pilot, where Lt Ryan flew seaplanes with takeoffs and landings on the high seas of Bermuda.
Following his father's path in Real Estate, Jim joined Coldwell Banker Commercial, and after much success was encouraged to open Ahmanson Commercial Brokerage, for the Ahmanson Family. His honesty, integrity and ability to bring people together allowed him to thrive. Jim dedicated his entire career to the commercial/industrial real estate. He truly loved making a real estate deal. He was quick to mentor others to embrace a real estate career.
A short dessert blind date brought Jim and Judy together as soul mates forever from that day forward. They moved to Manhattan Beach in 1971, beginning their life together with three young children. Quickly, three more sons were born into the Ryan family. The patriarch, a devoted family man, opened his heart and his home, always welcoming young ones in need into the Ryan household.
His extremely full life included annual camping trips, and worldwide travels, and his passion for wine with a 500 acre vineyard, The Monterey Vineyards. As an avid Sportsman he participated in marathon running, short triathlons, golf, skiing, volleyball, soccer, slow pitch, body surfing, encouraging his family to participate in everything. After retiring, Jim loved golf and the men's clubs at both The Los Angeles Country Club and Toscana Country Club. As volunteer extraordinaire - He passionately served coaching his son's teams and sporting events serving local hospitals, and chaperoning at the children's schools.
A gentleman who touched so many lives. An endearing sparkle in his eye and a warm, embracing smile welcomed everyone to his loving, kind and gentle spirit. Jim worked hard, played harder, and adored his large family, who always came first. Jim and Judy shared a magical love story for over 50 years.
Jim is survived by his wife, Judy; his three sons: Kyle James Ryan (Paula), Sean Casey Ryan (Tricia), Braden Heath Ryan (Emily); his daughter, Lee Allison Ryan; and his two stepsons: Geoffrey Binney (Elizabeth), Dave Binney (Maryl). Also surviving are his 13 grandchildren: Geoffrey, Katherine, William, Christina, Baylor, Brendan, Pierce, Presley, Casey, Blake, Melia, Andrew, and Claire.
A memorial celebration will be held on January 7th, 2022 at 3pm. at St. Cross Episcopal Church, 1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, The family will be hosting a festive gathering following the service at Manhattan Beach Country Club, 1330 Parkview Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. All details on everloved.com
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Live streaming available at Stcross.org/memorial.
Published by The Beach Reporter on Dec. 16, 2021.