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Michael Barry Ryan, B.A., LL.B, QC
On July 29, 2012, Mike Ryan, aged 69, was tragically killed by an alleged impaired driver. Mike was returning home from his son's wedding.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Janet, his sons Sean (Lindsay) and Peter (Meghan), his sister and brother-in-law Kelly and Chris Richter, Janet's children and grandchildren, Janet's dad, Ken, cousins Rick and Brian Neill and their wives, his best friends Roger and Jean Mitchell and family and, Jack and Myra Mitchell.
Mike was predeceased by his parents, Barry and Marie Ryan, Janet's Mom, Betty and Janet's grandson, Duncan.
Mike was born and raised in Regina, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and went on to Dalhousie University to obtain his law degree. He originally practised law in Alberta, then moved back home to become the long time Director of the Regina Legal Aid Clinic, retiring in 2010. He was working as a Senior Justice of the Peace for the Ministry of Justice at the time of his death. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1996.
Mike cherished his sons. He was a great father and was very involved with his sons from the day of their birth. He was so proud of their accomplishments, and the men they have become. When he married Janet, he became a father to her four children, a much cherished grandfather to all of their children and a friend to Janet's dad, Ken and her mom, Betty before her passing.
In addition to his practice of the law, everything Mike did, he did with great skill. As a woodworker, his furniture, lamps and carving were beyond compare. Embracing the Japanese culture, he became an accomplished brush painter. As a vintner, his attention to detail and care produced many fine wines. He was an accomplished golfer. He enjoyed travelling and visiting different places.
Mike was an active community volunteer throughout his life, as instructor, board member and president with the Regina YMCA, and also with the United Way and the Boy Scouts. He contributed greatly to all of these organizations with his sharp mind, his organizational skills and his commitment.
Mike's tragic passing will leave a hole in the hearts of his family and create a void in the lives of his many friends.
At Mike's request, there will be no funeral. There will be a private family celebration.
To those who knew and loved Mike, wherever you are, we invite you to gather in your favourite place, to raise a glass or two in his memory.
In lieu of flowers, anyone so wishing please make a donation in Mike's name to the Regina Family YMCA, 2400 - 13th Avenue, Regina, S4P 0V9.

Published in The Regina Leader-Post from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2012
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