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Born: May 24, 1972

Date of Passing: Sep 14, 2020

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May 24, 1972 - September 14, 2020

It is very unnatural for a parent to out-live their child. That's not the way life is supposed to go. On September 14, I had to say goodbye to my youngest son, Ryan, and it was the hardest thing for me and my family to do.
Ryan was a loving son, a caring brother to Rob and Colleen, a fun-loving cousin, and a loyal friend. Ryan was a listener; easy to talk to and share things with. He was compassionate, a genuine good-hearted soul. He was generous to a fault and always willing to help. If you were in need, he'd be there for you. Ryan was born in Winnipeg and was a lifelong resident of Birds Hill. He attended Birds Hill School, Robert Andrews Junior High, and graduated from River East Collegiate. Throughout his life, he held various jobs as a landscaper, carpenter, handyman, delivery driver, warehouse worker, an experienced heavy equipment operator, and for many years he worked at Auto Line Products. But his true passion was rebuilding and restoring high performance and classic cars, especially his beloved Ford Mustangs. For many years he was the pit crew leader - the carburetor whisperer, as he was known - for his dirt-track, stock car racing buddies. His skills were many. As a mechanic and welder, Ryan could fix anything and make almost anything too. Growing up, he spent many hours with his friends, the "Bracken Bunch", riding on their Big Wheels and BMX bikes. He overcame his early fear of falling through the community club skating rink ice, to fall in love with hockey, playing with the East St. Paul Aces until his teens, even winning the hardest shot award. He was always fixing things around the house. He enjoyed reading and yardwork, was an avid collector. He loved music; heavy metal, electronic dance, alternative rock, Johnny Cash, it didn't matter the type, music made him smile. Ryan cherished visiting and spending time with our very large extended family; when you have a hundred cousins, it helps to get along with them. Our Tsehany reunions were near and dear to his heart, especially the shaving cream fights. He was a special cousin and lifelong friend to the Seniuk family, Karen, Connie, Cathy and James, three doors down from our house.
Ryan was a very spiritual man, and in the end, was grateful for the chance to see his Heavenly Father. Special thanks to Rev. Father Alan Wizinsky for guiding Ryan along his spiritual path. Ryan dealt with some serious health issues for the past many years, and it broke my heart to watch him suffer as he persevered through it all. In the end, it became too much for his body to handle.
We all thank the doctors and nurses at the St. Boniface Hospital 5th floor Critical Care and Cardiac Units. Your dedication and compassion was so appreciated. Special thanks to cousin Connie Brown for all her help and care, Jessica Brown for all her support, and Ryan's Aunty Gloria and Uncle Bill Seniuk for everything they've done to help all of us. Thanks as well to cousins, Larry Kimacovich and Randy Kohuch for all their help and support at this difficult time.
Ryan leaves to mourn his mother Stella, brother Rob, sister Colleen, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his father Gordon Prokopowich in 2013.
In these COVID times, a private ceremony is being planned. However, there will be a public viewing Tuesday, September 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St.
Pallbearers will be: James Seniuk, Larry Kimacovich, Terry Kimacovich, Gerald Kimacovich, Rudy Peters, Brian McCloud, Richard Lambert and Troy Lesiuk.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ryan's name to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
During the last few hours I spent with Ryan, he said to me, "Mom, are you ready for this? I'm ready to go. No worries, Mom." Even at the end, Ryan was worried about me and his family, and not about himself.

Rest easy my son.
We love you and miss you very much.

Vichnaya Pamyat
May your memory be eternal.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • We are so sorry for your family‚Äôs loss. We lived next door to Ryan on Hoddinott and he was a kind, generous, quiet and hardworking guy. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences. My heart breaks for your family. - Posted by: Joel and Dana Bride (Neighbour) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • You have left us far too soon, our hearts pour out to Ryan's family. Ryan was a true gentleman and his love for his family was second to none, we will miss you brother. - Posted by: Syd Ross and family (Friend ) on: Sep 23, 2020

  • Dear Stella, Rob and Colleen Our hearts were heavy when we heard that Ryan had passed. Far too soon for a young man with the passion for life. We remembered the Ryan with curly blond hair, big blue eyes running on his tippy toes around the house. We do not ever remember Ryan without a smile on his face, quietly, shyly entering a room, His obituary, written from the heart, captures the person that we all know. Kind, loving, compassionate, caring with immense love for his Mom. May God give you strength and comfort as you continue life without him, just as he would want you to. I am sure he is looking down on you and that he will watch over you from above, just as he did in life. Love you always, God Bless Wish we could be with you at this time. Vichnaya Pamnat Joanne, George and Andrew - Posted by: Joanne Sluzar (Cousin) on: Sep 22, 2020

  • Stella my condolences on the passing of your son. I feel your sorrow. I never did meet any of your children but I know how you feel. I know it is hard when you lose one of your children as my sisters did. - Posted by: Lawrence Shewchuk (Skala School Fellow student) on: Sep 19, 2020

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