OBITUARY: David G. RYAN

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David G. RYAN
1937 - 2020

It is with sadness that we wish to advise you of the death of David G. Ryan which occurred at the Montreal General Hospital on Sept. 28, 2020 at the age of 82 years and nine months.
Professor David G. Ryan was first and foremost an outstanding student at St. Patrick’s Elementary and High School in Quebec City. He went on to be a brilliant student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Engineering Physics. He furthered his education, obtaining a doctorate from the University of Birmingham, England. During this part of his journey, he won many awards including the Governor General’s medal and some of the top scholarships in Canada. He then returned to North America to teach physics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and then to settle down as a physics professor at McGill University in Montreal. During his years at Cornell and McGill, he also continued doing particle research studies at various research facilities in the United States and Canada.
David was also an avid sportsman. In high school, he played baseball and curled. While in England, he became an accomplished sailor while crewing with the British champion who skippered their two-man sailboat in multiple regattas. Back in Canada, he curled for many years in the Montreal area curling circuit while being the occasional weekend sailor.
Although known as a quiet person, David loved being with people and for him, it was a pleasure to attend family outings. He was also a very generous person, supporting many community projects. He will be remembered for his kind and gentle manner, for his determination at transmitting education in a comprehensible way, for his great generosity, for his grand humility and also for his communicative chuckle.
David is now going home to join the Lord, where he will also be welcomed by his parents, Marguerite Mill and William John Ryan, as well as his brothers, William “Bill” (the late Barbara Robertson), Robert “Bob” and his dear sister Joan.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his brother Peter (Carol Ann Ross), his sisters, Louise (Paolo Cusan) and Marie (Ralph Tesson) and their late mother Pauline Bois; Patricia Whyte (Robert Ryan) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He also leaves to mourn his Montreal curling friends, his teaching colleagues, countless students who shared his classroom and a very special friend, Ann Frezell.
Because of the present public health regulations, there will be no physical exchange of condolences. A private religious service will be held at a date yet to be determined.
Donations in memory of David may be made to L’Arche l’Étoile de Québec, 218 rue St-Sauveur, Québec, QC G1N 4S1, a wonderful organization which took such special care of our sister Joan for many years.