Patrick 'Paddy' Ryan
Born In: Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: May 27th, 1936
Passed in: Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: September 7th, 2012
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Ryan age 76 of Reserve Mines. Paddy passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 peacefully and with dignity at the home of his daughter and surrounded by his loving family following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Reserve Mines, Paddy was the son of the late Jack and Elizabeth (Hines) Ryan. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Reserve Mines.
Paddy is survived and will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Sheila (McLeod) Ryan. He will be sadly missed by his loving children, sons, Jack and Brian (Reserve Mines) and his daughter, Jenny (David Shaw) of Tanglewood. He was a wonderful, loving and proud ‘Poppy’ to Jenny’s children, Sean and Christian Murphy and Brian’s children, Jayden and Brieley, whom he truly adored and brought great joy and laughter to his life.
Also left to mourn his sudden passing are his sisters, Sadie (Ryan) LeClair, Montreal, Mary (Ryan) McIntyre, Burlington, Ont.; brothers, Bernie (Bernice) and Larry (Kay), all of Glace Bay. By marriage he is also survived by his in-laws, Kevin (Donna) McLeod, Reserve, Peggy (Terry) Nauffts, Joe (Rita) McLeod, all of Ontario and Melvin (Sonny) Windsor of Reserve, as well as numerous nieces and nephews who hold fond and happy memories of Uncle Paddy.
Besides his parents, Paddy was predeceased by twins, Patrick and Patricia in infancy; brothers, Jim, Billie, John, Martin and his sister, Alice (Ryan) Windsor.
Dad was a member of the International Labourers Union and was a well respected, dedicated construction worker. He was a proud member of the Reserve Mines Volunteer Fire Dept. for 45 years. In his pastime he loved fishing, hunting, spending time with his family and taking drives all over his beloved Cape Breton enjoying his Irish music. He was a gentleman filled with kindness and will be greatly missed not only by his family but by many close friends and neighbours.
Visitation for Paddy Ryan will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. A funeral mass will be celebrated 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Church, Reserve Mines with Fr. Norman MacPhee officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.
Donations in Paddy’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.
Online condolences to the Ryan family are available through www.vjmcgillivray.ca.
“Although we loved him dearly,
we could not make him stay
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best”