In Celebration of

Terry Ryan

December 18, 1933 -  August 31, 2017

Died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 83, on Thursday, August 31, 2017 after many years living with Parkinson's Disease.

He leaves his four children; Michael, Peter, Patricia, and Kate; four grandchildren (Amanda, Sarah, Siobhan and Matthew); four surviving siblings, and many close friends.

Terry was born and raised in the Beaches area of Toronto, with the family owning and operating a well-known and much beloved hardware store - Ryan's Hardware.

He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1956 and travelled to Canada's far north shortly thereafter.

Terry was best known for his contributions to Inuit Art. He spent over 50 years managing the affairs of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. He played a seminal role in introducing Inuit art and artists to an international audience. Among his many honours, he was awarded the Order of Canada in 1983, and the Governor General's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2010.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., (at Windermere east of the Jane subway), on Thursday September 14, from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Road on Saturday September 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. Reception to follow at Feheley Fine Arts, 65 George Street.


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Nancy and Dan Brambilla (Michael Ryan's sister in law)

Entered September 4, 2017 from Toronto

Dan and I are so sorry for you loss. Terry will be missed but his contributions to this world will go on forever. As you know, we are here for all of you. Sending love and deepest condolences.

Frank and a Laurie Michetti (Ryan) (Niece and her husband. (Basil Joseph's daughter))

Entered September 4, 2017 from Sarnia

We wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family.
Terry is now free from his suffering. I truly believe he is catching up on lost time with my father, Joe, his brother George, and his parents.
Keep the wonderful memories alive.
With sincere condolences,
Frank and Laurie Michetti and family

Annie Petaulassie (Friend and former boss of my late husband Enook)

Entered September 4, 2017 from Iqaluit, Nunavut

I have known Titiqtugaqti his nickname in inuktitut which means an artist. Terry was our friend and was a respectful to inuit in all ages young and old in our community. We were saddened to hear his pass and would like to send our sympathy to his families, we will keep you in our prayers.

Annie Petaulassie

Stephan (Nephew)

Entered September 4, 2017 from SCARBOROUGH

So great to have rekindled a relationship in your last years . Great stories . Such accomplishments . So privileged to have been of the same lineage . Time waits for no man . You battled bravely . Your reward is in the next world . Your Mother Father Joe George will be glad to see you again . There is no End only another beginning . Till we meet again . Your nephew , Stephan

William Ritchie (Friend)

Entered September 5, 2017 from St.Michael's Newfoundland

I will miss you Terry. You saw something in me that others hadn't. You nurtured my strengths and smoothed over a few of my rough edges leaving others. You helped me to see the good in people, the evil in others, you were a great mentor. Your legacy lives on and I am only disappointed that I can no longer seek your council, laugh at your jokes and listen to your stories. Nancy Campbell said it the best, Wonderful impactful life! God bless.
Will catch up with you later.


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