THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Patrick J. Ryan
Issue Date: February 28, 2018
Patrick J. Ryan, 82, of Niagara, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at his home.
Born March 27, 1935, in Houndswood, Cross in the parish of Cong Co Mayo, Ireland, he was the second eldest of nine children, to the late Thomas and Annie (O'Brien) Ryan. He attended Cross National School and later worked on the farm, the Electricity Board and in land reclamation.
At age 20, he and his 17 year old sister, Kathleen, moved to London and worked as a laborer in construction. He had a serious motorbike accident in London and spent a long time in Barnet Hospital with his injuries. His sister met her husband Jimmy there and remained in London, so Patrick traveled alone to his aunts in Chicago in 1957. He then returned home to Des Plaines, Ill and served in the United States Army.
He married Bridget Staunton from Co Mayo in 1968 and she preceded him in death in 1998. He worked as an engineer for a gas power plant for 30 years, retiring in 2001.
In Nov. of 2007, he lived between Chicago and Niagara until moving permanently to Niagara in later years.
He loved watching TV, going for walks and was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Niagara.
Survivors include three brothers, Edward (Geraldine) Ryan, John Joe (Agnes) Ryan and Anthony (Lea) Ryan, all of Ireland; a sister, Anne (Frank) Boyne, Australia; a brother-in-law, Jimmy and many nieces and nephews, including, Gary Ryan, Andrew Ryan, Mark Boyne, Paul Ryan, Karen Ryan, Fiona Ryan, Mark Ryan, Michael Ryan, Jonathan Ryan, Sandra Riordan, Kevin McGloin, Irene Daniel, Patricia Brady, Noel Feeney and Linda Feeney.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bridget, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Kathleen (James) Feeney, Mary Ann (Michael) McGloin and infant, Eileen and a brother, Michael (Mary) Ryan.
Visitation was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara on Monday, Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Fr. Ray Valerio officiated with burial in Sacred Heart Cross Cemetery in Ireland. Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.