Dr. John H. Ring Jr.

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It is with profound sadness that the family of Dr. John H. Ring Jr. announce his peaceful passing on Sept. 28, 2022, at the age of 93 at his home in Naples, Florida.

John “Jack” Henry Ring was born in Granville, New York, on Sept. 17, 1929, to Dr. John Henry Sr. and Mary Clara (Finn) Ring.

He was raised in Granville and graduated from the Granville High School in 1946. He then attended and graduated from the former Brown Preparatory School (Saratoga Springs, New York) in 1947, from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) in 1951,and from Union Medical College (Albany, New York) – of which his father also was an alumnus – in 1955.

Following his medical internship, residency training and service in the U.S. Army Reserves, he then established his practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Buffalo, New York.

Jack married the former Nora Costello on Feb. 20, 1960, in Buffalo, New York.

From an early age Jack stood out both for his keen intellect and as an accomplished pianist. Before deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps in the medical field, Jack was accepted to study piano at the world-renowned Julliard School in New York City.

In bygone years, many a Granville patient of his father would mention to family members how they would always enjoy hearing beautiful music while sitting in the waiting room before being seen by Dr. John Ring Sr. That beautiful music was Jack practicing in the adjoining room. To the pleasure of family and friends, he continued to play the piano for the rest of his life.

Jack was a nationally renowned orthopedist who was known to all as an exceptional and compassionate physician. He possessed a reassuring bedside manner and always went the extra mile for his patients.

Over the many decades he dedicated to the medical profession, Dr. Ring served in multiple positions at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, New York. These included past president of the medical staff; chief orthopedic surgeon; and president of emergency hospital medical staff. As an orthopedist affiliated with the NFL Players Association, Jack performed surgery on numerous professional athletes and dancers from across the country. He also generously volunteered his orthopedic expertise to the cerebral palsy clinic in Jamestown, New York.

Jack was an avid traveler, golfer, nature lover, talented photographer and fisherman. At the age of 80 he caught a sailfish off of Florida. Two years later he caught a black marlin off the coast of Mexico.

Jack and his son Joe were renowned as repeat “Member-Member” golf tournament champions at the Cherry Hill Club in Canada.

Over the course of his lifetime, he and Nora traveled throughout the United States and the world. They visited more than 50 foreign countries and all seven continents – including Antarctica. His favorite destinations were the Holy Land, China, Africa and Ireland, and he always cherished returning to his beloved Granville.

As a boy growing up, his favorite Granville “swimming hole” was near Buttons Falls in West Pawlet. During one of his frequent trips to the Granville area it was arranged for him to swim there, one last time, at the age of 80.

To his family, Jack is lovingly remembered as a wonderful, caring and devoted family man whose sharp wit was impossible to forget. He is fondly remembered by friends at the Cherry Hill Club, Fort Erie, Canada. For decades, he and his wife Nora were part of the fabric that made Cherry Hill a great place for all families, members and guests.

He is survived by his wife Nora of Naples, Florida; three children, sons John H. Ring III and Joseph T. Ring and daughter Patricia Ring Hume; four grandchildren, Dr. John H. Ring IV, Ilianna Ring, Joshua Hume and Caleb Hume; one brother-in-law, Colonel (USAR, retired) Edward F. Fish of Granville; and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Mary Clare Ring, his devoted parents and his dear sister Nancy Ring Fish also of Granville.

The interment of Dr. Ring took place on Oct. 4, 2022 at the Palm Royale Cemetery in Naples, Florida.

The family asks that any contributions to honor and memorialize him be made in Jack’s name to the Pember Museum & Library, Granville, New York.