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William John (Bill) Ryan

February 1, 2022

On Tuesday 1st February 2022, aged 79 years.  Loved husband and friend of Jenny, loved and respected Dad of Kerry and Karyn, Shaun and Stacey, and the late Sara.  Loved son of the late Doreen and Kelvin and a loved brother and brother-in-law of Colleen (deceased) and Vince Knapp (Australia), Marlene and Joe Nicholas (Nelson), Tex Ryan (Hokitika), Christine Ryan and Roy Gurney (Ahaura), Brian and Carol Thorpe (Hawaii), June McIntosh (Greymouth), Barbara Johnson (Hokitika), Mike and Anne Thorpe (Hokitika) and Sheryn and Mike Anderson (Hokitika).  Treasured Pop of Brenton and a good friend to many.  Messages to the Ryan Family 199 Hampden Street, Hokitika 7810 or may be left on Bill’s Tribute Page at  Following Bill’s wishes, family will hold a private service followed by burial at the Hokitika Cemetery.


  1. Geoff and Doreen Marshall

    To The Ryan family
    So sorry to hear of Bills passing.
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time

    • Kelvin & Shirley Grant

      To Jenny and family, sad to hear of Bill’s passing, our thoughts are with you all at this sad time 💔 lots of love Kelvin & Shirley Grant

      • Cheyenne

        Rest In Peace great uncle bill , love you very much! Best wishes and condolences to the rest of the family.
        Love Cheyenne (great niece)

  2. Diane & John Craig

    To Jenny and Family. So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Sincere condolences to you all

  3. Murray and Shona Marshall

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing, our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Jenny and her family. Such a character he was, lots of lovely memories.xx

  4. Annette Hartshorne.

    To Jenny and family sorry to hear of the passing of Bill my thoughts are with you all. Annette Hartshorne.

    • Russell and Kay Mitchell

      To Jenny and family our thoughts are with you, sincere sympathy from Russell and Kay

    • Belinda Munn

      To the Ryan family, so sorry to hear of Bills passing. Sending much love.
      Belinda Munn x

  5. Helen and Les Rzepecky

    Sorry to hear of Bills passing. Our thoughts and prayers to Jenny, Kerry, Shaun and extended family at this sad time. Regards.

  6. liz and kyle scott

    Jenny and family
    So sorry to see the passing of Bill he will be sadly missed love to you all Take care xx

  7. Marilyn Le Compte

    My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time

  8. Margaret Thorpe

    To Jenny and family. So sorry to hear the news. All my love, and hugs to all.

    • Kylee Habgood

      My thoughts are with you Jenny, Kerry and Shaun. Bill was such a character and I have great memories of him at Kowhitirangi.

      • Carole Jones

        To Jenny and family I send my sympathy and love to you all at this time of sadness RIP Bill

      • Greg Taylor

        condolences to jenny and the Ryan family from the Taylor family great memories of Billy in the valley

  9. Joy Meyer

    Condolences to Tex and families.xx

    • David and kay

      So sad Billy tea cup no more cups of tea and a laugh we are thinking of you jenny and the boys and.all the family from David and.kay taylor

  10. Lois Donnelly

    Sincere condolences to you Jenny, and all the family. Thinking of you. X

  11. Paulette Arnold

    To Jenny Shaun Kerry and family
    So sad to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all x
    R.i.P.Bill x

  12. Ngaire McGregor

    To Jenny and family, I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a good work mate at Seaview. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Sincere condolences

  13. Wes Armstrong

    Condolences to the ryan and Thorpe families with the sad loss ofBill


    What a lovely man, so many memories in Kowhitirangi, thinking of you Jenny and family xxx

  15. Vincent Knapp

    Condolences ,Jenny , Kerry , Shaun , and all the Ryan family sorry to hear of Bills passing , All the best. sorry I Will be unable to get there

  16. Rob Thorpe

    To Jenny, Kerry, Shaun & family, all our love & thoughts are with you. Sadly I am unable to come down, but will be home end of March & will catch up. All our love Rob & Kaaren.

  17. jenny jones

    I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing our thought are with you Jenny & your family .please except our deepest sympathy .

  18. Linda Gardyne

    My thoughts and love are with you Jenny and family. Big hugs and deepest sympathy xxx

  19. Alvin & Kay Godfrey

    Our sympathy to you and your families Jenny, Kerry and Shaun – we’re thinking of you all at this difficult time of Bill’s passing

  20. Dave and Fran Amberger

    Thinking of you Jenny, Kerry and Shaun, so many good times in kowhitirangi ,always cups of tea and memorable laughs, wonderful times in a great community

    • Phillip & Adrienne Wall

      Our thoughts are with you Jenny and family. Sending our conolences.

  21. Suzanne Alexander

    To Jenny, Kerry, Shaun and families. Our thoughts are with you all at this time, Bill was a great man who I still remember fondly growing up in Kowhitirangi. Memories remain forever.

  22. Eileen Mcleod

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing. Condolences to Jenny and Family.

  23. John and Glenwyn Nancekivell

    Jenny and Ryan, Thorpe families, So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing,

  24. Sister Tui Cadigan RSM

    Sincere condolences to Jenny and family and the extended Ryan and Thorpe families . A gentleman in every sense of the word may he Rest In Peace

    • Doug & Yvonne Cochrane.

      Sincere condolences to Jenny and the Ryan family on your sad loss of Bill.
      Memories of his farming days and always happy for a friendly chat.
      RIP Bill.🌷🌷🌷

  25. David (Spud) Gorrie

    So sorry hear of Bills passing I have great memories as mortals we come and go but memories live forever so will Bill in mine . love to all spud

  26. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy. Such a polite quiet man. RIP

  27. Gary &Jill Sinclair

    Sincere Condolences to Jenny and family at this difficult time RIP Bill

  28. Bev Manera

    So sorry to hear of your loss Jenny and whanau. Life can be tough sometimes eh? Trust that Bill is in a better place now and at peace.

  29. Raewyn and Ross Taylor

    To Jenny Kerry and Shaun and families. So sad to hear about Billy’s passing. We will miss that cheeky laugh. What a character he was. Great memories of the Kowhitirangi valley and living next door to ya Billy. Never forget *what time will ya be back* -quarter to!! You bugga!!!! Xx

  30. Brenda McArthur

    Dear Jenny and family, my heart goes out to you all at this sad time. I remember Bill fondly at the Thorpe reunion in Hokitika. Much Aroha to you all xx

  31. Gloria and Gary McGill

    To Jenny and family; Please accept our deepest sympathy the the sad loss of Billy. Very fond memories of time spent with Bill whilst we were at Kokatahi

  32. Colleen and Rob Jamieson

    Deepest sympathy Jenny and Families

  33. neville Adamson

    To Jenny and family ,
    My sincere condolences to you all in your sad loss.

  34. Angela & Graeme Anderson

    Jenny and family. Our sympathy in the passing of Bill. Many memories of the day,s working on the Ambulance in South Westland. R.I.P Bill

  35. Pamela and Justin Wells

    Jenny, and the Ryan Family, Our deepest sympathy to you all in the sad loss of Bill. Thinking of you

  36. Chris and Wendy Roberts

    To Jenny and Family we are terribly sorry to hear of your sad loss, our thoughts and love are with you all at this sad time, RIP Bill
    Our deepest sympathies
    Chris and Wendy


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