Ryan Ganley passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 13, 2012, with his loving wife and dear friends at his side.
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His year-long struggle with a terminal illness has ended and he is at peace. Ryan Thomas Ganley was born in Fairbanks on June 27, 1968, to Thomas and Harriet Ganley.
He spent his early years attending school in Salcha, where he excelled as a cross-country skier. Upon the death of his parents, Ryan moved to Sayre, Pa., in 1981 to live with his uncle and aunt, Dr. Richard and Sarah Ganley. He attended Notre Dame High School in Elmira, N.Y., graduating in 1986, and continued his education at Ithaca College from 1987 to 1991.
While at Ithaca, Ryan met his life-long partner and love, Tracy Metviner. Together they traveled an adventurous trail to Steamboat Springs, Colo., working at the Grubstake Restaurant. Eventually they settled in Portland, Ore., where, with his business partner and best friend, Dave Kawika Kahoilua, they established the Bamboo Grove Hawai'ian Grille, a hugely successful restaurant on Carolina Street.
Ryan and Tracy married in 1998. They are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Kaeli, now 8 years old, and 4-year-old Jadyn. His "three girls," Tracy, Kaeli and Jadyn were his greatest joy and gave him the strength he needed to push on in his final, difficult months.
Ryan made many friends along the way. His love of music, good times and laughter will be remembered and cherished by everyone who had the luck to know him. Knowing time was short, Ryan traveled when he could in his last year and brought great joy to his friends and family, from Portland to Steamboat to Las Vegas and Alaska.
Ryan lived the creed set forth by the gonzo author he so admired, Hunter S. Thompson: "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a Ride!'"
Ryan's wish is for us to celebrate his life, Irish wake style - with lots of laughs, shots and beers, memories and great tunes in the jukebox. A date has not been set, but it will not be for a few weeks to allow our friends from afar to make plans.
Meanwhile, no gifts or flowers please. Instead, please consider making a donation to the National Brain Tumor Society in Ryan's name. Here is the link direct to the G Team page: www.braintumor.org Click Here
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 18, 2012