George Ryan of Christie Beach passed away at the Meaford Hospital surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the age of 83.
Born in Guelph on January 4, 1936, George was a son of the late Edward and Sarah (nee Winter) Ryan.
He will be missed dearly by his beloved wife of 61 years, Charlene (nee Johnson) Ryan.
George was the kind and patient father of Steve and Cheryl Ryan, Shelley and Rolf Wiebe, Susan and Kelly Hodgkinson, and Stacey Ryan.
He was the wonderful Grandpa of Shayna Ryan (Matt), Tiffany Hodgkinson (Nathan), Chandler Hodgkinson, Emma and Sadie Ryan, and Great Grandpa of Ashton and Piper.
George was the dear brother of Jean Crick (late Findlay) and Mary Lee (Wes). He was predeceased by his brother Ted Ryan (late Mary and Millie), sister Elizabeth Snyder (late Bob), and his sister Ethel Whiten (late Wally). He will be remembered fondly by his many nieces, nephews and their families.
George recently said with a big smile ‘I’ve had a good life’, and he truly did enjoy his life. In 1975 George and Charlene bought their place at Christie Beach and eventually they made it their permanent home. The perfect place for them, he enjoyed tending to his garden, woodworking, and socializing with family and friends around the campfire. Hosting gatherings and parties was definitely one of George’s favourite things to do. He loved to visit and chat and he was able to do that as the owner of Jet Variety in Meaford for more than 18 years and also while he worked for Barbetta Orchards at the apple stand. George was a proud lifetime member of the Kinsmen, and was always willing to help out in any way that he could.
A celebration of George’s life will take place at the Beaver Valley Community Centre on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1 o’clock with a time for refreshments and sharing memories of George following the service. A private family interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. East, Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
Celebration of Life: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1 o'clock at the Beaver Valley Community Centre.