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Date of Passing: Oct 04, 2004

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TIMOTHY JOSEPH (TIM) RYAN 1943 - 2004 Died in Winnipeg on Monday, October 4, 2004. Tim Ryan, beloved husband of Dianna, after a courageous eight-year struggle with cancer. Besides his spouse Tim is survived by two adult children, Shelagh of Kuwait and Brendan of Winnipeg, MB. He will be sorely missed by sisters, Denise Kelly (John) and Corinne Grundy (Ron), St. Catherines, ON; Ruth Lowden (Doug), Winnipeg, MB; Terry Small (late Glen), Ottawa, ON and by brothers, Harley (Maggie Reid), London, ON and Mark, Schreiber, ON. He is also mourned by Diannas family; mother-in-law Marie Buck (late Larry) and sister-in-law Darlene Aiken (Peter), Barrie, ON; Larry Buck (Carolyne), Anola, MB and Robert Buck, Castleton, ON. Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Tim Ryan settled in Winnipeg in 1965. After a number of years in the pharmaceutical industry, Tim founded Bonnechere Systems Inc. specializing in government relations and board development for non-profit and charitable community groups. Always active in our community, Tim spent 25 years as President of the Saint-Boniface Mohawks Senior Hockey Club, chasing the elusive Allan Cup, and was a shareholder of the Winnipeg Warriors (now the Moose Jaw Warriors of the CHL). As well he spent a quarter of a century as a Director of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association and was Marketing Director for the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum from 1996 to 2002. He was a founding Director and President of Total Community Development Inc., a not-for-profit organization that raised millions of dollars for the Manitoba sports community during the decade 1976 to 1986. As Executive Vice-President of our most successful Pan American Games in 1999 and consultant on the Arctic Winter Games in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 2002, Tim Ryan exhibited the kind of leadership that will be sadly missed by the Manitoba sports community. In addition to his work in Manitoba sports, Tim was a founder and director (1982-1986) of the Manitoba Learning Centre, an organization for children with learning disabilities. He was Fundraising Director for Knowles Centre in Winnipeg from 1984 through 1994 providing care for troubled adolescents throughout Northern Ontario and Manitoba. In 2000 he became a founding director of the Graffiti Art Program for street kids. During the period 1997 to 2001 he was also a Director of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. In 1995 Tim joined the board of the national charity, Epilepsy Canada, becoming national President in 1999 and serving until 2003 when ill health prevented him from further participation. Through this time he travelled extensively as an advocate for people suffering from epilepsy. He also sat on the Board of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy, the professional arm of the International League Against Epilepsy. Tim Ryan was an indefatigable lifetime Liberal, President of Saint-Boniface Federal Liberal Association for a decade; President of Radisson Provincial Liberal Association; unsuccessful candidate for St. Vital in the 1995 provincial election; President of the Liberal Party in Manitoba 1993 to 1995 and Chief Financial Officer of The Liberal Party in Manitoba 1992 to 2000. Elected Vice-President (Prairies) for the Liberal Party of Canada, he sat as a Member of the National Executive from 1998 to 2003. He chaired numerous elections campaigns in Ontario and Manitoba. When there was a job to be done Tim Ryan was always there to do it. Tim was recognized for his community work by a Silver Medal for Community Involvement 1992; Volunteer of the Year Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association 1995; Honorary Life Membership in the Liberal Party 2002; Golden Jubilee Medal 2002 and Pioneer Award, Epilepsy Canada 2003. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, October 9 at Saint-Boniface Cathedral, 190 rue de la Cathedrale, St-Boniface, MB R2H 0H7. Viewing will be at 9:00 a.m. and mass will be at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Ed Bonin presiding, assisted by Deacon Philippe Le Quere. Mrs. Allison Molgat will deliver the eulogy immediately after the religious service. Burial will be in St. Andrews Parish Cemetery in his beloved Ottawa Valley at a later date. Special thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers of the St. Boniface General Hospital Palliative Care. In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9, or Epilepsy Canada, 1470, rue Peel, Suite 745, Montreal, QC H3A 1T1. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam PronouncedAir esh day go row a ann-im May he rest in peace. WERESCHUK FUNERAL CHAPEL 582-0929

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 07, 2004

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I miss you and think of you often. - Posted by: Shelagh Ryan (daughter) on: May 16, 2013

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