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KENNETH RYMAN (KEN)

Born: Jul 16, 1950

Date of Passing: Oct 18, 2021

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KENNETH RYMAN
July 16, 1950 - October 18, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kenneth James Ryman. He surrendered to cancer October 18, 2021, after six long years of illness.
Ken was a husband, brother, uncle, friend, and father to five amazing children Shannon (Matt), Shayla, Shaun (Kaitlyn), Shelby, Sheena (Jacob).
Married to Sylvia for 43 years, he loved hosting family get-togethers and reminiscing over good times and great family vacations. He enjoyed fishing, coffee dates with his buddies, daily chats on the phone with his sister Leslie, and looking for deals in the weekly fliers.
Ken started working for Safeway at the age of 16 and worked his way up to manager where he retired at the age of 62, only to return to Safeway a year later and work another year.
He loved to cook for people and would claim to be famous for his prime rib roast. He could often be found having a smoke on the front veranda with a neighbour or barbequing for a family dinner with his kids.
He was always the life of the party with his off-the-wall humour and would love to tease his brothers-in-law, Barry and Karl. In life Ken won the lottery of family love. He will be sadly missed by us all.
Special thanks to Riverview 3East staff and Grace Hospice staff for taking such great care of Ken (and his family) these last two months.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to CancerCare Manitoba in Ken's name.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Our condolences go out to Silvia & Family. I worked for Ken at 719 for a short time and though it was for only 9 months it was long enough to get to know how wonderful of a man he was. Ken was a knowledgeable Store Manager and I certainly received a lot of information from him every passing day. He was smart, and could be quite funny. He had a good sense of humour, and a smile, I mean when he smiled it could light up a room. We’ll miss you Ken, God Bless and Rest in peace. - Posted by: Mike & Barb Signore (Friend) on: Nov 02, 2021

  • We extend our sincere condolences to Sylvia and family on Ken's passing. We're so grateful to have gotten to know your lovely family way back when, which friendship endured despite being separated by three provinces. Ken's unique humor and direct/unmistakable speech will be missed. R.I.P. Ken - Posted by: Carl & Penny Pentilchuk (Friends) on: Oct 27, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathy to Sylvia and all the family in the death of Ken. We were shocked in reading the obituaries and found another friend that was gone. Rest in Peace Ken - Posted by: Wayne and Margaret Perkins (Friends Co-workers) on: Oct 26, 2021

  • I was saddened to hear of Ken's passing. As one of the kids growing up in the old neighbouhood, I remember all the Rymans as great people. I always looked up to Ken as he was a little older than me. I remember him as always being kind to me and the other kids on the street. It looks like he has left this world much too early. To the family, keep your memories of the good times alive, hold on to them and to each other. Rest in peace Ken. - Posted by: Aubrey Settee (neighbour from Chalmers Avenue) on: Oct 25, 2021

  • I first met Ken when he came to relieve the assistant manager at store #591. At that time we flipped the ends and tables to reflect the following week's ad on Saturdays. Ken was so organized and had all the grocery clerks working together to get this big job done in a short period of time. I learned a lot. Later as a store manger there was a time when we had input into the store's sales goals for the following year. Ken, always thinking outside the box, had so many reasons where his sales goal had to be lowered. Whether it was a new 7-11 Store or a Mac's Convivence store opening in his area, he had it all documented and defended his position with conviction. Not sure the DMs always fell for it but he certainly made the rest of us smile. I learned a lot from Ken over the years. What I remember most about Ken Ryman is that he loved to talk, loved to go out for a smoke, loved fishing and loved to laugh. Sylvia and family, Ken was a well respected store manger with in the Safeway organization. May God bless your family at this time. - Posted by: John Dahl (Friend and Co-worker) on: Oct 25, 2021

  • My condolences to the Ryman family on the passing of Ken. I first met Ken when he was a lead man at 711, River & Osborne, early in his career. I was going around the stores showing a training film to night crews. I had a chat with Ken and I was quite impressed with his desire to get ahead in the company. He informed me that his store manager was happy with his work and the manager inquired with upper management about his career aspirations. Word got back that he would be on nights. Ken's file did not show anything negative. I found out from meeting a upper management person, that Ken had an appearance perception. I went around the corner on the hallway and had a chat with DM Bill Vivian about a person who had Assistant Manager potential who was going nowhere in that district. He picked up the phone, called one of his store managers and a trade was made. I met Ken at some years later and we talked about it. He told me that out of the blue, he was suddenly transferred and given opportunity for advancement. Yes, Ken did not let me down. He went on to run some of Safeway's largest and newest stores in his career. We did share some good memories. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Colin Dederick (collague) on: Oct 24, 2021

  • We were very saddened to learn of Ken's passing. I have had the good fortune to have known Ken all of his Safeway career. He was an outstanding store manager loved by his many employees and customers. Over the years I have really enjoyed his friendship. Our condolences to Sylvia and family. Love Alice and Glen Shaw - Posted by: Glen Shaw (Fellow Safeway employee ) on: Oct 24, 2021

  • Always enjoyed all the conversations with Ken, he was a great boss to everyone. Loved to talk about fishing and some of his secret cooking recipes. He was one of the few that made Safeway a great company to work for. Sylvia and family my condolences to you all. - Posted by: Frank Lucarz (worked together at Canada Safeway) on: Oct 24, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to the family. Rob and Lori Acquisto - Posted by: Lori Acquisto (Co-worker) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • I had the opportunity to work with Ken many times. He always had time to share stories or coach me in my career. Ken always gave of himself and his knowledge. I called him many times for help and he never said no. We were In the same district and went in many fishing excursions. Ken was always having a good time and enjoying life. In recent years he would stop by the office and give me feedback on the store or just catch up on the news. He was a great guy and will be missed by all who had the chance to cross oaths with him - Posted by: John Laudinsky (Friend) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Sylvia and family. Condolences to your family. Jerry and Lynn Butler Previous neighbors at 87 - Posted by: Lynn and Jerry Butler (Avril Lane) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Ken was a friend for many years who Al first met at Safeway on a night crew. We instantly hit it off as friends in 1972. Fishing, camping, parties and more. Ken was the life of the party as has already been mentioned. He introduced me to my wife on a blind date. There were many years that our families holidayed together and many occasions we gathered together for events like the Safeway News Years Eve, Trainman's Ball and various house parties. I can vouch that Ken cooked a great Prime Rib and he would let you know. A man with a constant sense of humour. Ken adored his family. Simply put Ken was "Top Drawer" - Posted by: Al & Aline (Friends) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Although not for long enough, it has been an honor to meet and get to know Ken and his family for the last 10 years. Our sincere condolences to his family… - Posted by: Chris & Caprice Douglas (The “in-laws”) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to Ken's wife Sylvia and his children. We worked with Ken for a number of years, since the early 1980's. He was so proud of his family. Later years he was at Store 719 and I would pop in and have coffee with him. He was always talking about how his kids were doing. Such a wonderful family guy. When he was set to retire he told me he couldn't wait to have dinner ready for his wife when she got home from work. He will truly be missed. RIP Ken With our Heartfelt sympathy Candyce and Don Hawkins - Posted by: Candyce & Don Hawkins (Co worker / friend) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • I worked with Ken at Polo Park. He was a joy to have as a store manager. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Loverne (Safeway co-worker) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • He was a good man and boss, he was a friend to Ron and he was very special when Ron was dying, now Ken you and Ron can be together, very sorry to Silvia and the family a great loss. Debbie DeVos - Posted by: Debbie devos (Freind) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Ken was a great boss to have and I enjoyed working with him at Polo Park. He always talked about his great wife and family. My deepest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Penny Penner (Co-worker) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • To Sylvia and Family, So sorry for your loss. Jim & Val Michaluk (friends of Karl & Irene) - Posted by: Val & Jim Michaluk (Acquaintance) on: Oct 23, 2021

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