Passed on: July 29th, 2012
We are sad to announce the sudden, tragic death of Mike Ryan of Regina on Sunday, July 29, 2012, but with happiness we celebrate his wonderful life. Mike was born and raised in Regina. After graduating from U of S, he went to Dalhousie in Halifax where he earned his LLB. Mike practiced law in Edmonton, but his love for home brought him back to Regina where he became Legal Director of Regina Legal Aid for over 37 years. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996. Since retirement he has been a Senior Justice of the Peace. Family was very important to Mike, his own and his “adopted” family with Janet. His 6 grandchildren were his pride and joy. They loved to come to Grampa’s so they could do woodworking with him in the “man garage” and go swimming at the Y. Mike was accomplished at many skills: woodwork, Asian brush painting, wine-making, ... Mike was very active in the Regina YMCA as director, president, and instructor. Mike was predeceased by his parents, Barry Ryan and Marie Simons, his grandson, Duncan Kerry Olson, and mother-in-law Betty Williams. He is survived by his wife, Janet; six children: Sean (Lindsay) Ryan, Peter (Meghan) Ryan, Chris Puersten (Jaren and Jayme), Terry Puersten (Tricia Olson and Belle), Angela (Jerry) Deaust (Brandon, Logan and Karys), David Puersten (Candice); sister Kelly (Chris) Richter; and father-in-law Ken Williams; and many good friends. At his request, no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Regina Family YMCA, 2400 – 13th Avenue, Regina, S4P 0V9. In living memory of Mike, a memorial planting will be made by W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Home. Please sign the memorial register book at website: www.wjjonesandson.com (Obituaries).