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Born: Dec 04, 1946

Date of Passing: Apr 20, 2021

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Noreen Mary Ryan passed away on April 20, 2021 at St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 74.
Noreen "Nori" Ryan was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia on December 4, 1946 and spent her childhood on Mabou Ridge, Nova Scotia at her family's dairy farm. She moved to Montréal once she had finished school and met and married Harvey Marc Bourgeois.
Nori was happily employed by the Provincial Government of Manitoba in both Justice and Health departments for more than 25 years. While working and raising two sons she obtained her bachelor's degree in Human Resources from the University of Manitoba. Nori and her second husband, Andrew Leochko, took the opportunity to manage a Manitoba Hydro project for three years in Nigeria doing important and meaningful work, and making connections with people and families from around the world. Nigeria gave Nori and Andy the opportunity to travel extensively, and they visited 26 countries, including Scotland and Ireland where she was able to embrace and reconnect with her Celtic roots. Nori was an avid baker and cook who delighted in hosting large dinner parties and making her signature dishes, particularly tourtière and countless dainties. Nori deeply loved children and it was her grandchildren for whom she was especially devoted.
She loved to golf with her husband and spent cherished hours making dear friends and enjoying fresh air and exercise.
Nori was predeceased by her parents, Alphonsus and Sadie (Macleod) Ryan, and siblings, Bernard, Lagouri, and Jerome Ryan.
Left to mourn her passing are her husband Andrew Leochko, and his brother Harry; sons, Derek (Zara), Kevyn (Teri); and stepchildren, Mark (Lisa), and Lisa. Also mourning her loss are her siblings, Gertrude Sanford, Helen Surette, Sarah Murphy, James Ryan, Jack Ryan, Bryden Ryan, Mary Elizabeth Nahirney, Archibald Joseph Ryan, along with many cousins, nephews, and nieces. She delighted in being called "Grammy" and will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Sophie, Kalina, Finn, Ava, Ella, Piper, Madden, Sawyer, Erik, Zachary, and Scarlett.
A private service will be held for her in June, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Noreen's memory to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

Author Unknown

You never said I'm leaving
You never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why.
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Andy, Mavis and I were deeply saddened to learn of Nori's passing. The love and mutual admiration between the two of you was so evident. We enjoyed our association with both of you. May God give you the strength to deal with the difficult days ahead. - Posted by: Will Tishinski (Friend) on: Apr 30, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. Nori was special. Infectious smile!! Terry & Drew & Shaun Leochko - Posted by: Terry Leochko (Cousin) on: Apr 27, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Noreen’s family. I had the privilege of working with Noreen in Swan River and Winnipeg. She was a dedicated professional but above all was highly devoted to her family. Noreen was always very kind and thoughtful and was so kind to visit me in hospital when I was recuperating. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Louis Goulet (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2021

  • Noreen and I worked together at Manitoba Justice Victim Services. She was a consummate professional, a caring individual and a very classy woman. She also had a fun loving nature and a great sense of humour. There’s no doubt her passing will leave with leave a void with her loved ones. My deepest sympathies to Andy and her sons and their families. - Posted by: Gayle Michalyshyn (Former colleague ) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Andy and families. Nori will be lovingly remembered. We had the pleasure to have worked with both Nori and Andy on the MHI Nigeria project, and Kimberley's classroom was twinned with Nori's chosen International school in Kano, Nigeria. Much time, love and consideration went into that effort from both sides. Nori and her beautiful Nigerian classroom did shine oh so brightly. A very special memory that we hold dear was Nori's visit to Kimberley's classroom. She was dressed in traditional Nigerian clothing and came bearing both amazing stories and the gifts of traditional wood carvings for each student. This is just one story of Nori's loving heart. With our sincere sympathies, Dan & Kimberley Massaroni. - Posted by: Daniel and Kimberley Massaroni (Friends and associates) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to all the family on the passing of a beautiful, precious lady. May the wonderful memories you have of her sustain you in your sorrow. May she now Rest In Peace! ❤️ - Posted by: Art & Adeline Kopp (Neighbour & Friend) on: Apr 24, 2021

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