Mr. John D. Riordan

  • Born: March 18, 1931
  • Died: April 8, 2017
  • Location: Dennis, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

John D. Riordan, Navy Veteran, Attorney at Law, and Plymouth County Register of Deeds, resident of Dennis

John 'Jack' D. Riordan, 86, of Dennis, MA, formerly of Abington and Nokomis, FL, passed away on Saturday, April 8th surrounded by his loved ones. He was the devoted husband of Sue M. DiStefano Riordan, the loving father of Mark Riordan and his wife Ann of Hanover, Sue Ann Hurley and her husband Jack of Kingston, Jeanne Riordan of Dennis, Jack Riordan and his wife Linda of Kingston, Debbie Wright and her husband RD of Roanoke, VA, Dan Riordan and his fiance Nancy Gervasi of Rockland, and Lacy Atkins of Nashville, TN. He was predeceased by his cherished daughter Cathy Riordan of San Francisco, CA, and treasured daughter-in-law, Lynda (Webb) Riordan. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren he adored, 2 newborn great-grandchildren, sister in law June Martin and many nieces, nephews and friends. Jack was the son of the late Michael Riordan and Kathleen (Quill) Riordan and was also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Domingos and Kathleen Lydon, and his brother Brendon Riordan.

Jack was born March 18, 1931, in Brockton where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Brockton High in 1949 where he excelled academically and athletically, and was later inducted into the BHS Hall of Fame. Jack was a 1953 graduate of Fordham University, NY, which he attended for 4 years on a football scholarship. Four days after graduating he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Sue M. DiStefano. He then attended Officer's Candidate School in Newport, RI, before entering the US Navy, where he served until January of 1957, completing his service with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Jack served as an English teacher and football/baseball coach at both Rockland and Brockton High Schools through 1966, and attended Bridgewater State College obtaining his Master of Education degree. With 7 children at home Jack obtained his law degree from Suffolk University and conducted his law business in Brockton until 1976, when he was elected to the office of Plymouth County Register of Deeds.

Jack and Sue raised their family in Abington where they were members of St. Bridget's Parish, and he served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and Democratic Town Committee. Jack also served on the Board of Directors of Brockton Community and Family Resources for many years. In addition, he ardently supported his wife Sue's business, La Femmina Modeling School and Agency, attending the many events for years. Upon retirement Jack and Sue spent many years at their homes in Dennis and Florida where Jack enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren to whom he is known as "Barpie". Always passionate about politics, he taught many around him the importance of staying abreast of current events and world issues. He and Sue were also avid travelers, spending many vacations with dear friends. Jack's warmth, sense of humor, kind heart, and brilliant mind will be missed by his family and friends. The impact he had on those fortunate enough to have known him will long continue.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Bridget's Church in Abington
Tuesday, April 18th at 9:00 am, followed by a celebration of Jack's life at Emerald Hall, 30 Central Street, Abington. A private burial service will take place on Wednesday, April 19th at the Massachusetts National Cemetery for Veterans in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Brockton Family and Community Resources,


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Sue, Mark, Sue Ann, Jeanne, Jackie, Debbie, Danny and all extended families,

My prayers, thoughts and love are with all of you always but especially now. I am honored and lucky that I had the opportunity to know and cherish your dad, father-in-law,and grandfather for so many years. He was beyond the BEST and I am forever grateful to have been able to know him and proud to tell everyone that he was
my dear friend!!

Posted by Trish Wilson and family - Plymouth, MA   April 26, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Riordan's passing, such a wonderful man who raised a wonderful family. I grew up with them living on Green St. in Abington. Will cherish all those memories forever.
Sharon Levangie Lyons

Posted by A friend   April 25, 2017

I remember when I drove from San Francisco to Boston to see Cathy. Jack opened the door and when I introduced myself he, as large as life, patted me on the back and said '..How the hell did you find us!! " (pre mobile phone/computers). Then he proceeded to introduce me to the family like I was a long lost relative. I will never forget his energy

Posted by Paul Garcia - SanFrancisco, CA   April 21, 2017

Dear Sue and family,
My husband Paul and I have very fond memories of a lovely afternoon spent with you, Jack, Eileen and John Elliott, back in 2009, when we visited the Cape from Ireland. My Grandmother Kate was Jacks aunt and we still remember your wonderful hospitality. Jack was a fantastic host and his stories entertained us highly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Posted by Anita Kelly - Douglas Ireland   April 20, 2017


Prayers of peace that passes all understanding to your precious family today. God created him a "gem amongst the stones of this world" His warm, generous, loving spirit is evident In the ripples of kindness and integrity past down through each of you. It is truly more blessed to give than receive and his contributions were exceptional. I am certain his Homecoming with the Lord (& Kathy) was nothing short a "wicked" wonderful Party while on this side of heaven it seems surreal and painfull. There is always beauty from ashes~I'm so blessed to have known him. Peace , love ❤ and blessings to you all~God received a GIFT return mail today~ May you seek solace in the fact that you all will see him again~My love to you and yours.

Posted by Hunter Wright - Roanoke, VA   April 19, 2017

Although I was never in any of his classes at BHS, I always thought that he was kind of a neat guy. He always had that same smile on his face.
My condolences and sympathy for your loss

Posted by Michael Ward - BROCKTON, MA   April 17, 2017

Dear Sue and family our deepest sympathies on your great loss and to the extended O Riordan family.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.
Jack was a great family man and a friend to many who always made you feel welcome.
Our memories recall his many visits to Ireland and many hours of great hospitality when visiting the Cape.
I recall the many conversations on current affairs and his deep interest to clearly understand what was happening and how this would affect his country and the wider world when visiting the Cape and also while on the phone from Ireland late into the night.
Always interesting and memorable.
We pray that God will watch over him as we keep him in our Prayers.
Sean, Clare O Riordan, Lucie, Andrew, Rachel
Douglas, Cork Ireland.

Posted by Sean O Riordan - Cork   April 17, 2017

My sincere condolences to the Riordan family. Jack was my high school English teacher at the old Brockton High School. He was without a doubt the most caring teacher I ever had in school. He will be sorely missed. Terry Blanchard

Posted by Terry Blanchard - Brockton, MA   April 16, 2017

Sue an family So sorry to read of Jacks passing. He and Bill Omalley spent many a night working on campaigns and strategy for lots of elections. A great wit and common sense guy, we will always be remembered. Gordon Gorman

Posted by Gordon Gorman - Boynton Beach, FL   April 16, 2017

Posted by francis & carol gillooly - holly springs nc 27540, NC   April 15, 2017

Our deepest condolences to you all. We were so sorry to hear this sad news. God Bless you all.

Posted by Richard & Linda Straczynski - Bourne, MA - friend   April 14, 2017

Dear Riordan Family, We are very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was such an interesting and charming man. We have many memories of him. May he rest in the peace of God's arms.

Posted by Tom & Carolyn Lampos - Brockton, MA   April 14, 2017

Wish we could be with you Sue and your family. You all are in our prayers and thoughts. He was a wonderful guy inside and out. Always ready to help people and his family. I know he is with my DAD Tommy Augenti having their wine together and having a good old time. He will be missed!!!

Posted by Meredith and Dave Ryder - Melbourne, FL   April 14, 2017

Sue and family, my thoughts are with you. So glad that he lived and I can smile with many fond memories. Jack, so bright, wise and witty. My Buddy,a wonderful man,
proud to call him my friend. Bobby Deighton

Posted by A friend   April 14, 2017

Jack, Sue Ann and family,

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you during this most difficult of times. Mary & I will have you in our prayers.

Paul and Mary Maloney

Posted by A friend   April 13, 2017

My deepest condolences to the entire Riordan family.
Jack was one of those fun, special people that you meet once in a lifetime. I loved and admired how supportive he was of Sue in all she pursued, He was always there for her.
May you all find peace in the cherished memories you all shared with him.
Sharon Graves

Posted by Sharon Graves - East Bridgewater, MA   April 13, 2017

Sincerest sympathy to all the generations of the Riordan family on the loss of a wonderful man. Jack,you were very special to all the O Riordan families and generations here in Co.Cork. We were so privileged to have met you all those years ago and to have kept in touch over the years. May you rest in Peace

Posted by Eileen O Riordan - Co. Cork   April 13, 2017

My condolences to the Riordan family. Jack was a very special person. Always enjoyed his company and his wonderful wife, Sue and kids.

Posted by Doug Fritts - Kingston, MA   April 13, 2017

Dona and I send our condolences to the family. We will keep Jack in our prayers for the repose of his soul.

Posted by Bill & Dona O'Leary - Aiken, SC - Friend   April 13, 2017

Beautiful write up and lovely picture! Jack was a really special guy with a heart of gold. I always admired when Sue talked, he'd smile at her so warmly- you could just see the love. You're all in my thoughts!

Posted by Liz Cerullo (quill) - Bridgewater, MA - Family   April 12, 2017