Friday, June 05, 2020


The death occurred unexpectedly at his home in Pittstown, New Jersey on June 2nd of  John F. Cryan Jr, aged 60.  Born in Newark (Vailsburg), NJ, he was the son of the late John F and Mary Cryan Sr. John F. Cryan was a native of Baslic, Castlerea and visited the area on an annual basis with members of his family. He was a great supporter of the Castlerea Rose Festival and the Castlerea Brass and Reed Band.


John Jr was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Giblins Association, the Knights of Columbus and an honorary member of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  An owner of five restaurants throughout his life, he continued the legacy his father had begun more than 60 years ago.  At the age of 14, he began working in his father’s taverns and subsequently became a master businessman and restauranteur. He garnered great respect and long-lasting friendships through his restaurants in Cedar Grove, Bergenfield, Wayne, Belmar, North Branch and since 2012, Cryan’s Tavern in Annandale, NJ.  He had a charismatic personality and a charm that was undeniable. Everyone wanted to be his friend, and no matter which place he owned, John would turn it into New Jersey’s very own “Cheers” where “Everybody Knows Your Name”.

He loved spending time in Florida and visiting all the Cryans in Castlerea.  He was so proud of his Irish heritage.

Along with his parents, John Sr. and Mary (Carr) John was predeceased by his brother, Michael and his twin brother, Edward.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Christine; his two sons, John F. Cryan III and Robert Cryan, both of Pittstown; his daughter, Brielle Cryan and her partner, William Denton of Annandale; his brother, James Cryan and his wife, Noreen; two sisters, Mary Donohue and her husband, Joe; and Eileen Birch all of Union County, his 2 Godsons, John Cryan and John Cryan, many loving nieces and nephews and his Life-long buddies from Vailsburg.


A private entombment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover on Monday, June 8th and a Celebration of His Life will take place afterwards.


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