Obituary of William (Bill) Laughlin Ryan
William (Bill) Laughlin Ryan
Passed away peacefully and surrounded by family in the residence of MaryAnn and Jim on April 24, 2021 at the age of 82. Bill is reunited with the love of his life, Vivian (2021) who he was happily married to for 61 years. Loving Dad to Michael, MaryAnn (Jim), Jason (Blair and her daughter Harper), as well as Jay Lanthier who was like a son to him. He was one of six brothers and seven sisters. He is survived by brothers Patrick and John and sisters Barbara (Michael), Elaine (Jan) and Annette (Fred). He was predeceased by brothers Darcy (Betty), Frank (Alice), James (Lorna). Also predeceased by his sisters Caroline (Charles McNeil), Mary (Dennis Milner), June (James McNeil), and SR Marcella (Sisters of Charity). Bill will be greatly missed by his friends and family and also missed by his grandpup Mugsy.
Bill was a member of a large Irish Canadian family from Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He left Glace Bay as a teenager and enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. Bill served in Germany during the Cold War era 1957-1959, along with other NATO forces. He served with distinction during this period and was awarded the Special Service Medal. Bill participated and coached baseball and hockey in Port Colborne where he resided for most of his life. He also continued his passion for sports watching Baseball, Hockey and the NFL. Bill was known as the “Armchair Manager” for the Blue Jays. Bill was a kind, giving, generous, selfless, and supportive father. The love for his children and family was never ending.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mayer and the staff of the Mayer Institute in Hamilton for their genuine care and compassion. A special thank you to Candy Bureau for helping to love and support Bill and his family when they needed it most.
Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) has been entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of donations, Bill and his family would encourage you to “treat yourself” and enjoy a good meal or spend the money to create new memories with loved ones. Online condolences may be shared to Bill’s tribute page at EssentialsNiagara.com.
His Journey’s Just Begun
Don’t think of him as gone away –
his journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets –
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost –
and he was loved so much.
- E. Brenneman
In honour of my father, love your daughter, MaryAnn