John Andrew Ryan 23 June 1945 - 26 October 2017
John Andrew Ryan (JR) moved from Sydney, Australia, to Christchurch, New Zealand in the 1970s as a Registered Valuer to follow a career in valuation. Not long after arriving he was appointed to head of valuations for Trust Bank Canterbury, a position he held for a number of years.
In the early 1980s he commenced work in private practice on his own account, trading as J A Ryan & Associates. In 1987 he joined Telfer Hallinan Johnston & Co, which became Robertson Young Telfer and then TelferYoung (Canterbury) Limited. John was a partner/director of these companies until 2011.
During his time at TelferYoung, John worked in the urban sector and specialised in the residential market where he was a senior residential valuer. John joined FordBaker Valuation Limited in February 2012 and assisted the residential team in what was a very heavy workload due to the earthquakes.
John used his vast knowledge to assist and mentor younger valuers and maintained his client base until his retirement in October 2016.
He served on the committee of the Canterbury Westland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and became a Fellow of the Institute in 2011.
John acted in a highly professional manner, always respecting the ethics and integrity of the valuation profession. He enthusiastically engaged in any initiatives and direction which improved the profile of the valuation profession.
He related well to colleagues and clients and was well respected. He was a cheerful character who focussed on the positives and always seized opportunities when they presented themselves.
Accordingly, John was a very popular figure in the valuation and associated professions. He carried those qualities into his private life where he was actively and extensively involved in a range of community organisations where he made significant contributions.
Among those organisations was the Jaycees, School PTA, Canterbury Soccer and the Elmwood Bowling Club. John was always keen to lend a hand, where he could, to make the world a better place. He is survived by his wife Ann, their 3 sons Nick, Cameron and Donovan and their respective wives and grandchildren.
Mark Beatson and Terry Naylor were former colleagues of John.