Kevin Fitzgerald Ryan

kevin fitzgerald ryan
GREECE: Suddenly, February 19, 2008 at age 24. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Gerald and Mary Ryan; his brothers, Stephen, Chris(Patty), Daniel(Cindy), Joseph(Holly) Ryan; his sisters, Tricia(Chris)Dugan, Lisa(Charles)Griffin and Katie(Timothy)O'Connor; his maternal grandmother, Rosa Dobbertin; 22 nieces and nephews who looked up to Kevin with much love and admiration. He was predeceased by his brother, Mark J. Ryan; and sister-in-law, C.J. Ryan; and dear family friend, NYS Police Trooper Andrew J. Sperr. Kevin was a Senior Engineer with Hamilton Sundstrand and resided in East Granby, CT. He was a 2001 graduate of Aquinas Institute and a 2005 graduate of The University of Rochester and was pursuing a Master's Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Friends may call Friday, 4-7, February 22, 2008 at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road (North of Maiden Lane). His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 11:00 at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 North Greece Road. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make contributions in his name to the Trooper AJ Sperr Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Lawrence School, 1000 North Greece Road, Rochester, NY 14626 or to the Aquinas Institute, 1127 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY 14613 in his memory.

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  1. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer

  2. An Irish Funeral Prayer:

    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Everything remains as it was.
    The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no sorrow in your tone.
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effort
    Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
    There is unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
    All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again

  3. An Olde Irish Wish:

    May the raindrops fall lightly on you brow
    May the soft winds freshen your spirit
    May the sunshine brighten your heart
    May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you
    And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

  4. CJ, Mark and AJ got ya bro. You are in good hands. We will miss you more than you know. Our family suddenly seems so small. Your memory will be kept alive by all the nieces and nephews who loved their favorite Uncle Kevin. Charlie and I will never forget you ordering the ‘old stand-by rump steak’ in every German restaurant in April 1998. You had so much to give and have left us way too soon. I love you.

  5. Dan and the entire Ryan Family and Friends,

    Kevin had the most amazing zest for life both in the office and outside. He lived everything to the fullest. His energy, quick mind, commitment and humor will be greatly missed. We are going to be lost without his daily early morning update whether work related or not! My thoughts continue to be with you.




  7. Dear Gerry and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family duing this difficult time. We were so sorry to hear of your loss.

  8. Dear Ryan Family,

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of Kevin. I didn’t know him but it sounds like he was a great person who was destin for great things. Myself and many members of SP Horseheads send our thoughts and prayers.

    Paul Campbell

  9. Dear Ryan family,
    It was with great sorrow that we heard about Kevin’s death when we returned to school from break. We are praying for all of you and hold you in our hearts during this difficult time.
    In Jesus,

  10. Dr Ryan,
    I received with rude shock the sudden passing away of Kevin.I understand this is extremely difficult for you and your family.Please take heart.May God give you and your family the fortitude to cope with this immense tragedy and grant his soul eternal repose.Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  11. Dr. and Mrs. Ryan and Family,

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I did not have the privilege of knowing Kevin, he seemed like an amazing person. I am sure he will be missed by all who loved him. Take comfort in your memories and know that many are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Christy Miller–Unity Cardiology Department

  12. Dr. Ryan & Mimi, Words cannot say how I feel at this moment about the news of Kevin’s passing. Why such a loving and wonderful Family has to suffer such pain as you all have had to endure these past few years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you now and always,
    Sharon, Tracy, Brenda, Alicia & Tammy

  13. Dr. Ryan and Family,
    We are sorry for your untimely loss. You are in our prayers at this time and please accept our deepest sympathy. We wish you much strength to overcome this difficult time in your lives.

  14. Dr. Ryan and family. I am so sorry to hear of Kevin’s death. Please know that we will keep your family in our prayers. God Bless, Wanda Heberger
    (unity hospital-medical records)

  15. Dr.Ryan,Mrs.Ryan and family we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Kevin. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May Jesus comfort all of you in this most difficult time. Love,Bob and Ginny Weed

  16. Gerry, I struggle to find words to convey my sorrow at the loss of your beautiful boy. You and your family are in my thoughts and in my heart.

  17. Happy Birthday Bro. Miss you. Going back to Germany next week…. Will always remember your trip to see us there with happiness. Not sure why you left so soon, but I know you are always with us. I love you and miss you Kev. You are always in our thoughts.

  18. Heartfelt condolences on the loss of such a wonderful young man, a blessing to his family, friends and community. Kevin’s warmth and humor will always be remembered by our family. He was never afraid to get down and dirty in the mud at our crazy football parties…

    A gentle soul that loved the opportunities given him. He will be missed by so many.

    The Blodgetts

  19. I am truly sorry for your loss. Though I did not know Kevin, I did have the best 4 years of my life with Dan at AQ. And I’m sure Kevin is the same caring and fun loving man as his brother and will be truly missed. May he cast never ending smiles upon his family in his new role in life as your ‘ ANGEL ‘

  20. I am very sorry and shocked about your loss. My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your boy. As his teacher, I recall Kevin in the classroom, in Spring 2004, and how he managed to do so very well and smilingly in all the exams and projects in Heat Transfer at UofR. He aced the 3rd midterm, and he aced the final project, too. I am very certain that he is in good hands, an ace!

  21. I can only imaging the sadness and sorrow you feel at the sudden loss of Kevin. It seems like only yesterday that he was here at the UR, preparing for a very bright and happy future as a newly minted mechanical engineer. Seeing his picture, and those in the tribute, remind me of his personal ability to bring a smile to any situation. I remember him as a sincere student who did his best and gave each task a sincere effort. I remember his cheerful disposition. Whenever I would see him in the hall, or on the quad, or at some of the many events, I would always feel good about the interaction. Kevin had that kind of rapport with people. I was stunned to hear of the accident which so tragically took him from us. I like to think of my students as friends and I am sad to have lost Kevin. My heartfelt condolences to you, his parents, and to you, his siblings, and to the entire Ryan family. Dave Quesnel, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, U of R.

  22. I give you this one thought to keep
    I am with you still – I do not sleep
    I am a thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain
    I am the gentle autumn rain,
    When you awake in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circled flight
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not think of me as gone –
    I am with you still in each new dawn.

    There are no words that we can say to comfort you at this time. We are deeply saddened by your loss and pray for your family. May you find peace,
    Steve and Dawn

  23. I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to Kevin’s family and friends. Kevin was a student in my sophomore thermodynamics course at the UR, and I remember him as a good and serious student and a fine young man. I was pleased to know that he was launched so successfully in his engineering career, and I am confident that his contributions, although tragically cut short, will be remembered. All of us in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering feel his loss deeply.

    John H. Thomas
    Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences and of Astronomy

  24. I want to offer my condolences and my prayers for your entire family. Kevin was a wonderful young man and he will be missed. I’m sorry that I am unable to be there for the funeral, but I will be offering up a Mass and Eucharistic Adoration for Kevin and the entire Ryan family. With love and prayers, Beth Blodgett

  25. Katie and the entire Ryan family – We are so very sorry for your sudden and tragic loss of Kevin. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. – Jimmy, Theresa, and kids

  26. Kev,
    We celebrated your birthday at Dan’s this past weekend. You would have loved it. Charlie and I spent the rest of the week in the ADK…seeing the cabin was tough, but I wanted to show Charlie and the kids where you loved to go. You left too soon Kevo. Love you.

  27. Kevin was such a great asset to the Hamilton Sundstrand community. He touched and impacted so many people at HS and Pratt & Whitney. His energy and his wide range of interests was very inspiring. I will always remember Kevin for his constant smile and his positive attitude. I extend my deepest condolenses to Dan and the entire Ryan family.

  28. Kevin will not be forgotten. In many respects, he remains an inspiration to all of us, with his love for life and for those he knew. Dan and family, please find some peace in knowing this.

  29. Kevin, I have been talking to Dan and Chris from time to time. I ran into Chris at the BigM in Hilton. Well he ran into me. He slammed the shopping cart in my leg. When I turned around to see who it was, I seen you! I have a few photos on my fridge of you and Mark. I think about you two a lot! I just spoke to Tom Ryan about a week ago. We shared some funny storys. I pray that you, AJ and Mark are in heaven together. We had some fun times together. GOD BLESS MY FRIEND…

  30. Kevin, I miss you as my friend. It’s been hard dealing or accepting that I will not hear your voice. I hope you hear mine! And I pray that I will see you again.

  31. Kevin, the older brother I never had… I don’t even know what to say other than I miss you and love you more than you know and will never forget everything you’ve taught me. Keep my Dad, Aunt CJ and AJ company up there. I know you’re laughing at me for messing up the reading. Love you.

  32. May God give to my dear childhood friend Lisa and her entire family, the courage and strength to go on after such a shocking and sad loss. I will remember Kevin as Lisa’s adorable, mischievous and always smiling baby brother. My prayers are with you.

  33. May Kevin reside is peace with the lord. May the ryan family find peace and comfort remembering his life and his love.

  34. My condolences to Dan and all of the Ryan family. Kevin’s enthusiastic love of life will never be forgotten by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. I hope you find comfort in the memory of all the good times that you had together.

  35. My heartfelt condolences for your so very tragic loss. Kevin was in my ME104Q Life Structures class during his first semester at the UR, a course designed to introduce students to the world of mechanical engineering. He did well in my class and went on to do even better in many other engineering courses. Remembering his smile and his friendly manners, I mourn with you the beautiful and promising young life that has been taken from us. My family and I will keep you and Kevin in our prayers.

    Renato Perucchio – Professor of mechanical engineering

  36. My prayers and thoughts go out to the whole Ryan Family. Kevin has been such a close friend of mine since i can remember. From our years at Saint Lawernece , our time working on the farm, through high school and college kevin has been there for me. I was allways so proud of what he has done with his life and admired his dedication to his work and family.
    Kevin i will miss you. Thank you for being such a good friend.
    Rest peacefully my friend.

  37. My prayers are with the Ryan Family. Kevin will be remembered for his smile and energy at Hamilton Sundstrand. We will miss him. God bless the Ryan family.

  38. My sincere condolences to Dan and the Ryan family. He will be remembered for his great outlook on life and big smile.

  39. My sympathy to you are your family. Kevin was a great person and this event was a true tragedy. I had the pleasure of working with Kevin while at Hamilton. He will be sadly missed. With deepest sympathy.

  40. Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds,  and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of  wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or ever eagle flew 
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    May you find some comfort knowing that we all grieve with you.

  41. Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire Ryan family. Kevin will truly be missed by the HS family. Continue to seek God for comfort and know that you are always in our prayers.

  42. Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May your family strength help you find peace.

  43. Our hearts have been broken once again. Kevin was an inspiration to all who met him. Fond memories of his late brother Mark and I along with Kevin loading a Farmall Cub on Manitou Road will be with me forever. I can picture them now doing similar fun things up in heaven. What a team! Smiling, joking and hands covered with grease. Rest easy dear Kevin. I was so fortunate to have had you as a friend.

  44. Our prayers are with you all at this terrible time. Although we did not know Kevin, he must have been a great light in your lives. May God carry you through these days of heartache.

  45. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ryan family. Words cannot express our deepest sympathies.

  46. Ryan Family:

    May the road rise up to meet you,
    May the wind be ever at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    And the rain fall softly on your fields
    And until we meet again, May God hold
    you in the hollow of his hand

  47. Ryan Family–I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your youngest son. I have a fond memory of him as 2 years old (can you believe it) when he was already ‘Uncle Kevin’ and Lisa and I used to hang out at the house together. Even though I didn’t know him as a young adult, if he was anything like he was as a child, he was a vibrant soul. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all the way from Arizona. We miss you guys. Love, Karen and family

  48. To the Ryan family, my deepest condolences to you at this most difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you and will continue to be so.


  50. We are so sorry for your loss. Kevin was a wonderful person and will be missed by the many whose lives he touched. You are all in our prayers. Our deepest sympathies, Chris and Jeannie Kmetz.

  51. We were so sorry to hear of your sons’ passing so suddenly. Our heart and prayers are with you.

  52. With deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the Ryan Family-
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Just remember, keep close the fond memories, for they will last forever. Heaven just got another Angel.

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