The unexpected passing of John Ryans, whose death occurred on Tuesday afternoon at his home, Main Street West, following a day's illness, came as a shock to the entire community where he was well known and highly regarded. Although Mr. Ryans had not been in the best of health for a number of years, he had, during the past year and a half been operating a service station in the town, where he had been about his duties as usual until a day or two preceding his untimely death.
A son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Ryans, with whom he resided, deceased was born in Glasgow, Scotland, October 23rd, 1908, coming to Grimsby 19 years ago. He was in his 34th year.
A member of St. John's Presbyterian Church, he was at the time of his passing president of the Westminster Club of that church. His musical talents were recognized in the fact that he was among the most valued members of the Beamsville Citizens' Band, and when Grimsby Band was enjoying prominence in the district, he was a member of that organization.
Left to mourn his demise, besides his sorrowing parents, is a sister, Mrs. Gerald Orr, also of Grimsby.
The esteem with which the late Mr. Ryans was held in the community was evidenced by the large number which gathered to pay tribute at the funeral which was held this afternoon from the Stonehouse Funeral Home. Rev. G. Taylor-Munro officiated at the home and at Queen's Lawn Cemetery, where interment took place. The following were casket bearers: Alex Beer, George Bishop and Gordon Woods, of Hamilton; D.E. Anderson, Andrew Smith and Orval Eickmeier, of Grimsby.