Tim Ryan of Scartlea, Kilsheelan, who died suddenly at South Tipperary General Hospital on October 14, is deeply mourned by his loving family, many friends and neighbours.
Tim sadly passed away at the age of 66, nearly a year and half after retiring from Glanbia’s Fethard agri-business branch.
He was born on May 11, 1945, the third eldest of seven children of the late Annie and Nicholas Ryan of Scartlea.
On leaving school at the age of 14, he worked for a period on the Power farm at Horse Pasture, Powerstown, Clonmel before securing a job at Ballypatrick Creamery.
During his 43 year career as a storeman with Avonmore and later Glanbia, he worked at the company’s creamery/agri-business branches at Suir Island, Clonmel; Springmount and Derrygrath.
The last eight years of his career were spent at the Glanbia branch in Fethard and he retired in May, 2010.
Tim was an avid GAA fan and loved nothing more than following the fortunes of the Waterford hurling team and his club team, St Molleran’s of Carrickbeg.
He loved going to hurling and football matches and just days before his untimely death, he enjoyed watching the Carrick Davins and Mullinahone play in the South Tipperary Senior Hurling Final and on the same day attended the Waterford football championship match between The Nire and Stradbally.
Tim was a regular at Waterford senior hurling team championship matches every year and loyally supported his county team through the good times and bad. He always travelled to the big matches on the bus from Wall’s Pub in Carrickbeg.
On his retirement last year, Tim’s colleagues at Glanbia in Fethard presented him with a gift of a Waterford team jersey, and at his funeral it was placed at his coffin alongside a hurley signed by Waterford hurling stars Dan and Maurice Shanahan.
Tim was a quiet, kind, easy going and very popular man, whose sudden passing has shocked and saddened all who were lucky to have known him.
The huge crowd of mourners that gathered to pay their last respects to him at his funeral was a testament to the high esteem in which he was held.
Tim’s remains were removed from Walsh’s Funeral Home in Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday, October 16 to St Molleran’s Parish Church in Carrickbeg.
Requiem Mass was celebrated the following morning by Fr Peter Ahearne, PP of Powerstown, Clonmel.
Readings at the ceremony were recited by James Ryan and Tim’s niece Ann-Marie Mifsud and prayers of the faithful were read by his nephew Dermot Ryan, nieces Martina Ryan and Claire Ryan and by Michelle Doyle.
Mala Raggett sang the poignant “Parting Glass” at Communion, and in tribute to Tim’s great love of Waterford GAA, “Dungarvan My Home Town” was played at the Offertory and “The Deise” song was sung by Mala as his coffin left the church. Tim was buried at Churchtown Ceremony following the Requiem Mass.
He is survived by his loving brothers Nicholas, Paddy, Tom and Michael, sisters Nellie and Rita, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He will be dearly missed by all his family, particularly his brother Nicholas and sister Nellie, whom he lived with all his life at the family homestead in Scartlea, Kilsheelan. May he Rest in Peace.