Obituary of John Gordon Ryan
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Father, Brother and Friend John G. Ryan, better known by those who knew and loved him as "Johnny Peanut Butter" and "Johnny Not Not." Johnny unexpectedly passed away, peacefully, on December 25, 2022.
Johnny was born in Arichat, N.S. on Jun 9, 1954. He grew up in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. and spent most of his life there. In 1978 Johnny, with the love of his life and their firstborn, moved to B.C. and spent decades there. They settled in Delta, B.C. and together they raised their five children. In his final decade he returned home to Port Hawkesbury to take care of his mother, whom he loved so dearly.
Johnny is predeceased by his parents, Gardiner and Catherine Marie Ryan. His sisters, Priscilla Ryan, and Anita Roberts (Bob).
He is survived by his five children, Melanie Ryan-Cannon (Mike), Amanda Kidd (Dennis), Jonathan Ryan (Shanna), Kathryn Ryan (Kevin) and Daniel Ryan (Delanie). His seven grandchildren, Michael, Madisan, Liam, William, Mia, Tyson and Jordan. Two great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Emma.
Johnny also leaves behind:
His cherished friend and mother of his children, Joanne.
His siblings; Joseph “Jr.” Ryan (Wanda), Peter Ryan (Mary), Stan "Gerard" Ryan (Carol), Mary Davis (Raymond), Edna Hogg (Garnet), Marilyn Horgan (Tim), Ann Ryan (Robert), Bernadette Clarkson (Sean).
His treasured cat, Little Monkey.
His Dear friends Basil Chisholm, Glen Cass and "Cranky Dave" Ryan.
He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends that he truly adored.
Johnny will be fondly remembered for his love of Old Cars, Hockey, Country Music and Tim Hortons. He was well known for being a hard worker; always tinkering on anything that he could. He surely was a Jack of all trades. His ability to create something extraordinary out of the simplest thing was both amazing and inspiring! He had a cheerful and energetic personality that enabled him to make friends everywhere he went. His sense of humour was as big as his laugh, but his heart was even bigger! Johnny's love for family and friends was endless! And of course, we can't forget his love of peanut butter! “DUH!”
He will be so dearly missed by all his family and friends!
You are Forever in our Hearts JPB
The Family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Leo Pereira and the Nursing staff at St. Martha's Hospital for taking such good care of our Father and Brother. We are also filled with so much gratitude to Martin and staff at the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home for taking such good care of our Father and the amazing care and compassion shown towards us. A special thank you to Peter, Mary, Basil, Shayla, Bernie, and Mark for all they have done for Dad and the family during this difficult time.
In honour of Johnny's wishes no services will be held. A private burial of his ashes will take place early in the new year.
In lieu of flowers and to assist the family with cremation and burial costs, donations may be made to the go fund me page, or the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com
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