Mabou Ridge
With sadness and fond memories we announce the peaceful passing of Alphonsus Liguori Ryan in his 80th year on June 12, 2011 at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital after a lengthy battle with heart disease.

Born in Inverness on December 19, 1931, Alphonsus was the son of the late Alphonsus William and Sarah Ellen (MacLeod) Ryan.

Alphonsus was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly No. 2997, Mabou as well as a member of the Sunset Co-op. He was a lifetime fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Argonauts. He worked for Inco until injury forced an early retirement. He will be remembered for the pulp he hauled, construction work, the hockey he coached and the hard work in the hay fields. He was a “Jack of all Trades”, for he would do anything for anyone. Alphonsus will be especially remembered, for the love and strength he gave to his family.

Alphonsus was a beloved husband of 50 years to Mary (Hickey) Ryan affectionately called “Jo”, “Princess” and “Mon Amour”; cherished father to Mary, Brockville, ON, Patrick, Fort McMurray, AB/Mabou, NS and Ann, Dartmouth, NS; beloved grandfather to Chelsea and Brittany, both in Ingonish, NS. He will be missed by brothers, Bryden, (Maxine), Great Village, Jack, Port Hood, AJ, Ottawa and Jim (Pat), Ottawa; sisters, Trudy Sanford, Orleans, Sadie (Bowden) Murphy, Port Hood, Helen (Art) Surrette, Dorval, Mary Elizabeth (Mike) Nahirny, Brampton and Noreen (Andy) Leochko, Winnipeg; aunt, Sr. Mary MacLeod, Sydney and many cousins.

Besides his parents, Alphonsus is predeceased by his son, Michael and brothers, Bernard and Jerome.

Visitation for the late Alphonsus Liguori Ryan will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, June 17, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Mabou. Funeral mass to celebrate the life of Alphonsus Liguori Ryan will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Angus Morris and Fr. Duncan MacIsaac concelebrating. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

Donations in memory of Alphonsus may be made to St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund, Mabou, N.S. or Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Palliative Care.

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

Near restful waters he leads me and gives me repose.

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