Dennis Phillip Ryan
Ryan, Dennis Phillip, 88 years, of Victoria Street, Springhill. Dennis’s family is sorry to announce his passing on May 31/19. He was the beloved son of Margaret Devona (Johnson) and Phillip Arthur Ryan. Dennis spent his life in Springhill working in the coal mine for 8 years, followed by several years in construction of the Springhill Medium Security Institution, the Springhill Junior-Senior High School and the Springhill Golf Course. The last seventeen years of his working career were with the town of Springhill’s Street and Water Department. He retired in 1993.
Dennis was proud of his heritage and loved to collect flags, pins and other memorabilia for his Irish roots (Ryan) and Norwegian roots (Johnson). In his younger years he travelled one summer to B.C. with his uncle, many times to Provincetown Mass. with his family, to visit his Aunt Ina, and many summers and weekends at his parents’ cottage in Port Philip. As travel became difficult, he found joy in card parties and church suppers and sitting on his front porch to greet friends and neighbors.
His later years brought physical limitations and he was fortunate to have had many wonderful friends, neighbors, and home care workers who made it possible for him to stay in his family home until this past year. His last months were spent in Gables Lodge, Amherst and High-Crest, Springhill. The care he received was exemplary and we thank all who helped Dennis in his senior years.
Dennis is survived by first cousins including, Ivan Johnson (Margaret) Kathleen Ryan, Croydon Wood and others, and many second, third and fourth cousins too numerous to mention. He touched many lives and we will miss him.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of A.H. Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane Street, Springhill (902-597-2361) from where family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 1 pm until the time of the funeral at 2 pm. Reception to follow. Rev. Wayne McCarther presiding.
Sharing of memories and condolences for Dennis may be sent to the family by visiting his online memorial at www.brownsfuneralhome.com or through the A.H. Brown Funeral Home Facebook Page.