Ryan, James Tiberius

Ryan, James Tiberius "Tye"

June 14th, 2020

Passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, Tye Ryan, of London in his 51st year. Son of John and Cathy (nee Bowen) (Predeceased 2005).

He was a gift to his family and everyone that he came in contact with.  He had Down syndrome, was totally deaf, couldn’t speak, read or write, but he learned to take a regular city bus to his workshop every day. He waved to everyone. He always put his hand out to shake with every cashier in a grocery store, a pharmacy or even a liquor store. He was moody, but he could sense when you were hurting and he was always there with a concerned look on his face, a pat on the shoulder and a much needed hug. Tye was an inspiration to his younger sister, Rebecca and brother, Tobias. Tye taught them patience, acceptance, humility, and love.  James Tiberius Ryan will be truly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, housemates, neighbours; and especially by his nieces: Linda and Samantha Milligan; and his nephews: Jackson, William and Camden Ryan.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private service will be held at Oakland Cemetery, along with interment of his ashes. A Celebration of Life for Tiberius, with friends and family will be held at a later date. 

If desired, memorial donations to Community Living London, 190 Adelaide Street South, London, Ontario N5Z 3L1, would be welcomed by the family.


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Ted & Cheri BowenAll our love to you John, Rebecca and Tobias and your families. Prayers are with you. We miss you so much Tye. Say hi to your Mom for us. All our love Aunt Cher and Uncle Ted.
Debbie and John CravenJohn, Rebecca, Tobias Tye knows how much loved surrounded him all his life. So sorry for all the family. It will be a wonderful reunion for Tye and Cathy. We love you all.
Eileen RyanJohn and family, I am so very sorry.
Graham BrownDear John, Rebecca, and Toby, I am so sorry to hear of Tye’s passing. He was a wonderful person who brought light and pleasure into everyone’s life. I know his leaving us will leave a huge hole in your lives. I suppose you can get comfort from knowing that Tye was loved throughout his whole life and that he was able to spread love and joy wherever he went. I am thinking of you all. My best to you in this difficult time. Graham
Richard and Kelly PooreOur condolences to you and your family, John. We only had the privilege of meeting Tye once, but we felt like we knew him through your book and your wonderful stories of him. What a beautiful gift he was! Hugs to you from both of us.
Gale & Ed LeydekkersDear Mr. Ryan, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. If there is anything we can do, please call us. I'm so glad I got to meet Tye a few times over the years. I always enjoyed reading your stories about Tye in the Ryan family Christmas letters. Hugs and Love, Gale & Ed
Lynn/Dave KiddPraying for you, Reb,Tobi and family in your time of loss. Tye will be missed John.
Aunt Dot Ryan One is never prepared to lose a loved one … nothing could prepare us to lose Tye! He was such a gift to our family … a reminder of all that is special in this world. Now, he has been reunited with Cathy … God is good!
Lynn and Carl CrossettDear John: Lynn and I are so sorry to hear of Tye's passing. We remember how Tye would come up and give you a big hug when we would meet at the Tolton's for a Montcalm gathering with the families. You, Rebecca and Tobi were well blessed to have Tye for the time you had. He is now in the loving arms of the Father and his mother. God bless
Kristine Roberton SpencerMy condolences to you and the family. I will always remember Tye's big smile. He touched all of our lives on Hines Cres.
Alex and Katherine DickThe times we spent with you and Tye will remain in our memories. May the Good Lord welcome Tye and may He send you, Rebecca and Toby, His love and peace.
Fr. Michael PrieurTye's deep love for others was inspired by the even deeper love his mother and father, John, and brother and sister, had for him. It was unconditional on all sides, and is a beautiful lesson for our troubled times. May he rest in peace.
Jacquie Belecky (nee Morningstar)So sorry for your loss, Mr. Ryan. I remember you speaking often of Tye in class and during our school trip to England. I remember thinking that you were not only the best teacher I ever had, but likely the best parent a child could have as well. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Margaret SmithMy heartfelt condolences to you and your family in the loss of a son and a brother. Prayers in these hard times.
pamela dixonTye was such a friendly soul to me. We were the same age and he was easy to get along with when we were youngsters. I thought about him twice this month, and I wondered why? Life is precious and maybe I was swirling around in his thoughts and he was swirling in mine - days gone by. Well, I love you Tye.....and you were very special to me. I spent a lot of time with my cousins Tracy and Trevor.....and Aunt Sam and Uncle Charlie introduced me to you. We played and had fun....."we had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun....". Love you TYE! xoxo Thank you for being a part of my life xoxo
Gary and Maureen WeilerDear John and family. We are so sorry to hear of Tye’s passing. Our family treasured the many times we spent with your family camping, dinners and many fun Montcalm get togethers. Tye was always part of the activities and always was ready with a big hug. You and Cathy gave him so many opportunities to flourish and he did spread his spread his wings and learned to live his best life. . May he Rest In Peace.
Sandra &George RobertonSorry to hear of Tye's passing. He was an incredible man and will be missed . Our deepest sympathies to you John and your family .
Laura Zeleznik (and Caleb Maudsley)John, I never had the pleasure of meeting Tye, but I know how special he was because I saw the light in your eyes and your beaming smile every time you talked about him. We are so very sorry to hear about this enormous loss. I hope you find comfort in all of your wonderful memories. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Sincerely, Laura and Caleb
Jim and Gene BaynhamOur deepest sympathy to all Tye's friends and loved ones.
Rob & Marilyn WilsonSo sorry for your loss John. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Betty GirouxSo sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. He was an amazing young man. Ryan was in a class which I team-taught with another teacher at Princess Anne. My teaching partner was pregnant the year we had Ryan in our class. We were very surprised when Ryan approached the other teacher, pointed at her abdomen and signed “2” and “same”. Imagine this person’s surprise when she later delivered twins. This was before ultrasounds were so common and she knew nothing of the twins till they were delivered, but Tye did. A truly amazing perception. Undoubtedly there are so many other Ryan stories to help you through this very difficult time. My thoughts are with your family.
Carmela MendoncaMy sincerest condolences in the passing of Tye. He was one of my fist students I worked with at Princess Anne School. Always had a smile on his face. It’s funny as to what we do remember about a student. With Tye, his favourite sandwich for lunch was cold meats with corn relish. You were an inspiration. You inspired me. Rest in sweet Peace. Miss Mazzotta
Vince & Yvonne WeaverYou were a great dad to your little man. We send our condolences and love to you and your family. Let's get together soon and raise a pint to Tiberius
Marlene Burt (Testa)Sending out condolences and love. Our prayers will be with you and your family.
Kim (Barge) FortinMr Ryan. I am so sorry to hear the loss of your son, Tye. I never had the pleasure of meeting him since he was just a wee babe in arms when I started at Montcalm. Please accept my deepest condolences for you and your family. My heart aches for you.
Paul and Sandi MennillJohn! Sandi and I send you our deep and sincere condolences on the death of Tye. We have very clear memories of our times together in the seventies when Tye was a babe and a young boy. His sparkling personality was already evident then and his face would frequently shine with excitement. You and Cathy were rapidly learning about both Down and deafness. You thrived in the challenge of parenthood. And Tye turned out to be a wonderful person. What a great parenting job you have done. We share your grief, and wish you strength, courage, and happiness. Of course, your marvellous sense of humour will also help!
Paul and Diane RyanJohn, Rebecca and Toby our deepest condolences. Toby was a bright light in so many of our lives. We will miss him a great deal. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Robin & Diane CreedenTye has no idea, or maybe he does, the positive effect he had on everyone he met or the way people cared about him. He is safe now with his mom Cathy and uncle Ab.
Paul and Karen ChimentiTye was so special. We loved all our visits. He and Carla were great friends. Tye was a trendsetter. He is now in the arms of his mother. Rest in peace Tye as you so deserve it.
Nancy & Joe VandelooSending our sincere condolences to the Ryan family. We have not seen Tye in many years but have memories of him when he was much younger through Toby when he was our son Gregg's friend all through elementary school. Thinking of you all.
Martha (Sumner) NickoliThinking of you today, John. My condolences.
Jennie BiceSending our love and condolences to your family. My dad let us know about Tye's passing, and we fondly remember him from family camp in Goderich as a wonderful guy with a vast capacity to love and spread joy. So very sorry to hear.
Jory BiceWe are sending our deepest condolences to you and your loved ones. Even though I have not spent a lot of time with Tye, He has still made a big impact on my youth with memories from Family Camp. His strong and loving positive spark will always inspire.
Floyd JamesJohn You were a very caring and loving father for Tye and a special dad for a special son. Now is the time to recall the good times and love you shared over the many years. Sincere condolences during this loss of a loved son.
Richard Startek and FamilyJohn, our thoughts and prayers are with you , Toby and Rebecca. Tye has been a part of our life since he was born. I remember holding him when Cathy brought him home from the hospital. My boys remember being frightened by the " Chopper " when they tried to change the TV channel. A lot of good memories with you , Cathy and the kids. Tye brought a lot of joy to so many. You spent most of your life loving and caring for him. It's your time now Buddy. See you soon.
Karen and John Diesbourg Our deepest condolences to you, John, and your family. We have fond memories of Tye taking in all the action at our Christmas family blowout, charming everyone as he settled in to his chair by the photo frame. - and just grinned. What a guy, he will truly be missed. Our love and prayers always.
Len Lesser Dear John, Our condolences on the loss of Tye. He was a very special young person who taught us all about the meaning of love without constraints , John I remember when we were at Saunders that Tye did not take the bus to his work assignment and you were very concerned for hi s welfare. God must have guided him to you at school. Shalom my friend Len/Ella Lesser
Berenice PepeCondolences to you John and to your family. We all remember when you named your son TIBERIUS!!!
Kathleen LichtiMy Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are. Life means all that it ever meant, it is the same that it ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you. For an interval. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. All is well. (Henry Scot Holland) My deep condolences, dot and to your family, Dot
Tracy CameronThinking of you Reb, Linda and Sammy along with your Dad and you’re brother and his family. He was very precious to you all and was a very kind soul. Our sincere condolences Love Tracy, Jayme and Abby
Jackie Janisse"They whom we love and lost are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are" (St. John Chrystostom) My sincere condolences John, Rebbie and Toby and also prayerful support as you deal with your loss. Tye was a gift that God gave the world and now he has returned to Source.
Cindy (Sexsmith) WarnerMr. Ryan, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember going to meet Tye as a class trip. Tye was about 5 and he was so great to meet. My prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Andrew & Kari SpencerHi John, not sure if you remember us but you helped us with our gardens when we lived on Headley Drive. We remember you talking about Tye and how proud both you and Cathy were of his accomplishments. He was an important part of your lives and we are so sorry for your loss. We wanted to send our condolences to you during this difficult time. Andrew & Kari Spencer
Richard and Gayle GignacJohn and Family, Thinking of you at this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss.
Shirley ShoreSaddened for the loss of Tye.... I met Tye many times when he visited his friend Lana. May he rest in peace and God bless his family
Michelle ChimentiSending my deepest sympathy to you John, Rebecca and Toby. I was so saddened to hear the passing of Tye. I always enjoyed our visits and watching the bond that Tye & Carla shared together! I will miss his beautiful smile and thumbs up! He was so blessed to have such a wonderful family. All my Love, Michelle
Sr. Mary DriscollDear John and Family. My sympathy to you all. Tye will be missed but he is always in your heart.
Tracey (George) JonesMr. Ryan, Rebecca, Tobi and family - So sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time.
Angela MillsJohn, my deepest condolences to you and your family! Tye was such a wonderful guy who always brought a smile to my face! I had the pleasure of getting to know Tye through the Best Buddies program at Western University while I was living in London. We had some fond memories bowling, mini-putting and drinking Tim Hortons coffee together. He was an amazing person that had a tremendous impact on so many people including myself. Sending my love, Angela
Ralph FieldI'm so sorry for your loss of Tye , John ! I will make a donation to the Make-A -Wish of SWO in his memory.
Doug and LauraJohn, you and Tye have been an inspiration for us through the years for the mutual love and affection you showed each other and others. He will be a huge loss in your life but as you look back you have years of many heart warming moments to reflect upon.
Jo-Ann and RickSending our love to John & family. Tye was a very special cousin to me as was his Mom. Whenever I was with Tye, he would give me the most beautiful smile and hug which I will never forget. You are all in our prayers.
Bev and Bill RayJohn We were sad to learn of the loss of Tye. He was truly an inspiration to many. Our family enjoyed his many waves to us while we were residents of Hines for 29 years. God bless you and your family. Bev, Bill, Bev Osborne and Billy Ray
Gregg VandelooToby, Mr. Ryan, Rebecca and family. My condolences to you all. It's been a long time but when I received the sad new I was flooded with great memories I had at the Ryan house that most definitely included hanging out with Tye. Although I didn't know it at the time, as I sit and reflect I realize how your family's unconditional love and inclusion made me a more compassionate person who now works in the human services field. Sorry for your loss and thanks for the life lesson. Sincerely, Gregg
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