April 23, 1936 ~ October 22, 2021

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Old Saybrook, CT

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Dennis Joseph Ryan, 85, on October 22, 2021 at Gladeview Health Care Center, Old Saybrook. Dennis was born on April 23, 1936 in New Haven to the late Dennis J. and Della Gallagher Ryan. He grew up in Fair Haven, and attended St. Francis Grammar School and Wilbur Cross High School. He was a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, and was part of the Honor Guard for the second inauguration of 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Upon returning from active duty, Dennis joined the New Haven Police Department and rose to the rank of detective. He was an avid sports enthusiast and talented athlete, playing softball for many years. Dennis was also an accomplished bowler, winning many trophies. Dennis is survived by his son, Dennis (Jessica), of whom he was very proud, four wonderful grandchildren; Katie, Brendan, Cameron and Carly, and his cousin, Ann Marie (Campion) Erickson, her husband Craig, and their daughter, Kerry Ann Erickson-Felps (William Felps). He is also survived by numerous cousins in both the U.S. and Ireland, and many special lifelong friends, especially William Mitchell. The family would like to thank the staff of Gladeview Health Care Center for their excellent care.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will be private. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed. Arrangements provided by Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dennis’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org.

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Mass of Christian Burial: November 3, 2021 10:00 am

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
2819 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

203-248-0141

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  1. I was so sad when I heard of Dennis’s passing. I work at Gladeview and he was one of my all-time favorite residents – even though he gave me a hard time about my being a Red Sox fan!!! I will miss him dearly, but am so glad to have met him …. I will cherish our friendship forever. RIP, my friend ….

  2. Dennis,

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a great street cop & a great Detective. It was an honor working with him

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