Chief Dennis P. Ryan, a longtime member of the New York City Police Department who also served as the NHL security representative to the New York Rangers, died Monday at the age of 66.
Ryan, a resident of Nanuet, N.Y., retired from the NYPD in 1994 after a 33-year career on the force. That same year, he oversaw security for the Rangers as the team won the Stanley Cup.
"The entire Rangers organization is deeply saddened by the death of Chief Dennis Ryan, who succumbed to a long battle with cancer," said Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather. "Chief Ryan was a beloved presence at Madison Square Garden, a lifelong Rangers fan, and an invaluable member of the organization's security team over many decades. His devotion to the Rangers will be long remembered and his character and kindness greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ryan family, including his wife, Mary Pat, his daughter Mary Catherine and his son, Bernie."
Chief Ryan is survived by his wife Pat (McKenna) Ryan, a son; Bernard Ryan and his wife Sue Ann and their sons' Finnian and Shayne of New City; a daughter, Mary Catherine and her husband Michael O'Loughlin and their sons Bryan and Terence, of Dumont, NJ. A sister Elizabeth Bowler, of Nanuet, brother Francis Ryan of Fairlawn, NJ, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family will be present to receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7 to 9 pm at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home in New City, N.Y. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at St. Anthony's Church in Nanuet. Burial will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet, In lieu of flowers, the Ryan family requests to please make donations to "The Help Mikey "O" Conquer Cancer Fund", c/o PBA Local 180, PO BOX 570, Cresskill, NJ 07626.