Dr. John Ruan was born St. Croix June 16th 1771 and died on the 2nd day of July 1845 aged 74 years and 16 days. He is buried at St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Bristol, Pa.
His obituary follows-
Dr. John Ruan.- The name of this venerable man and aged Christian, will awaken emotions of affectionate respect in the hearts of many in this community. He left our city some months since, amidst the infirmities of a broken constitution, and the decrepitude of declining years, to close in retirement a long life of usefullness and honor. He was born in Santa Cruz, and "born again" in Philadelphia; being one of the many trophies that crowned the ministry of the lamented Bedell.
His character was naturally elevated and noble, much under the influence of generous impulses, and manifesting in an unusual integrity, firmness, degree, and decision. His manners were frank and cordial, and his deportment characterized by a courtesy so unvarying, that it shed around the path along which he moved in society, a peculiar brightness, and enlivened every corner of the dwelling in which he lived with a cheerfulness that resembled the light of day. He combined the skill of the Physician with the kindness of the Philanthropist, and the charities of the Christian were in him rendered still more pleasing by being associated with that polished amenity which only is the result of early familiarity with the best forms of social life.
As a medical man he was honored and beloved; and there was one thing about him which gave to his society for us an especial charm. He resembled more than any other man we have ever known, a venerable member of the same profession in the West, whose manly bearing and elevated character, we at least may not permit ourselves to remember without emotions of filial veneration; one who is delighted to disperse amongst the poor, the avails of his toil in the service of the rich; who was generous almost to a fault while living, and of whom when he was dead, his biographer asserted, with much truth, that "in the conflict with disease his hand was never palsied by the selfish thought that his labour might be unrequited." Such men are not usually the most affluent; nor yet always the most renowned of their fraternity; but their record is on high, and their reward is heaven.
Dr. Ruan experienced in his sickness the comfort of these doctrines, on which, while in health, he had wisely placed his undivided confidence. He rejoiced in the presence of the "Good Physician, and proved the efficacy of his spiritual remedies." He died amid the hopes of the Gospel. His remains were committed to the earth at Bristol, where others of his kindred lie. His pastor, the Rev. Mr. Clark, of St. Andrew's, conducted the devotional services in the Church, the address on the occasion was made by the Rev. Mr. Ridgely, and the Rev. Mr. Perkins, rector of the parish, closed the exercises at the grave.
- Episcopal Recorder July 1845
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