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John Gately Ryan


Last updated 12/30/2019 at 9:05pm | View PDF

John “Jack” Gately Ryan, 77, died peacefully in Hinsdale Dec. 25, 2019.

Jack lived his life with an unfaltering devotion to his family and his faith. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, friend and colleague.

Jack was a proud member of the Gately family. His grandfather, James Gately, was the owner of Gately’s People Store in Chicago, which was described as “the biggest store on Michigan Avenue.” Jack began his career at retailer Carson Pirie Scott. Soon after, he opened Heritage Bank of Schaumburg with his brother, Thomas, and presided as chairman of the board. Jack was also an active resident in Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, S.C .; Loblolly Pines, Hobe Sound, Fla .; and The Burr Ridge Club. Jack was a graduate of Xavier University where he also received a business graduate degree.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Richard and Joan.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Judith (Cusack); his five children, John Gately Jr., Magdalene (Todd) Nelson, Patricia (William) Knox, Thomas (Anne) Ryan and James Hayes (Deanna) Ryan; his 11 grandchildren, Jack, Charlie, Patrick, Andrew, Elizabeth (Teddy), Ryan, Michael, Lizzie, Cate, Elle and Reese; his siblings, Thomas, James Sue and Kerry and their spouses.

Visitation is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Fireplace Room at Saint Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale.

A funeral Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the church.

Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Michael J. Fox Foundation at

Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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