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RYAN, Donald BRUCE James August 17, 1941- October 2, 2013 "Gone Fishing with White Caps to Join Mario" . It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bruce on October 2, 2013 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Comox, BC. Bruce was born in Vancouver, BC to his mother, Dorothy Plumb, where he was soon after adopted by parents Don and Doris Ryan of New Westminster, BC. After graduating from Lester Pearson High School he attended the University of British Columbia where he studied Commerce. Bruce's passion for fishing began as a young man when he began deckhanding for Canadian Fishing Company. He later worked as a dockworker and longshoreman at Pacific Coast Terminal. Bruce's employment with Continental Explosives brought him and his wife of 30 years, Cameron Spencer Ryan (predeceased him in 1996), to Nanaimo, BC where they raised their boys, Drew and Darcy. Bruce's later employment brought him to Menzies Bay Division in Campbell River as a driller blaster for MacMillan Bloedel. Bruce's love for the outdoors prompted many family camping and fishing adventures. Bruce spent the last nine years of his life with his loving wife Donna Vye, living in Comox and on their 50 foot yacht, Rana III in Nanaimo. Together they fulfilled many of their dreams fishing, boating, traveling, visiting family and friends, and making wondrous memories. To the end of his life, Bruce shared his passions and interests with friends and family. Bruce is lovingly remembered by his wife Donna Vye (Clements), son Darcy of Nanaimo, BC (Jesse), son Drew and Christine of Tofino, BC (Tylan and Tayte); sister Maureen of Twin Lakes, BC (Donnie and Julie), and many other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Bruce's Life will be held at the Nanaimo Yacht Club on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Cancer Agency or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at

Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2013
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