Geoffrey John Morgan Ryan

August 2, 1953 - September 20, 2015
Geoffrey John Morgan Ryan

Geoffrey John Morgan Ryan, 62 of Wilmington died Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Geoffrey was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius J. Ryan and Kathryn Morgan Ryan of N.Y. and by his wife and soulmate Cheryl Edgar Ryan of Wilmington.

Geoff leaves behind his beautiful daughter Chayne Ashton Ryan of Wilmington, his sister and friend Victoria Ryan Bida, niece Kate Bida and nephew Morgan Bida of Rochester, N.Y.

Geoff was a longtime dedicated member of the Wilmington film community and the L.A. Film community. Geoff’s scope of work ranged from working as an assistant director for “A Bridge Too Far” based on his father’s book to films such as “Last Starfighter;” “Surface;” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and many others.

Geoff was also an accomplished songwriter, musician and singer, who was especially fond of Neil Young.

Geoff leaves behind a large film industry family who loved and admired him and he will be truly missed. His kind heart, his smile and his wit will live on in everyone whose life he touched.

Geoff Long May You Run.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at Screen Gems Studios on North 23rd Street in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Geoff Ryan Memorial Fund at

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  • September 27, 2015
    Linda Hudson says:
    My heart is with your family today. Geoff and I recently reconnected on FB, but the conversation had only much left unsaid after 43 years. Some people never leave your heart -- he never left mine. So sad.

  • September 23, 2015
    Beejay Grob says:
    I am so very sorry to hear about Geoff's passing. Chayne & family, may you find comfort. Geoff was a good guy, good friend, and I hope he is at peace. Almost nobody had the same taste in music as we had, it was a good bond. Blue, blue windows behind the stars, Yellow moon on the rise, Big birds flying across the sky, Throwing shadows on our eyes. Leave us Helpless, helpless, helpless.

  • September 23, 2015
    Barbara Efthymiou Harris says:
    I was deeply saddened by his passing. I only hope that he has found joy again by reuniting with his wife. He will me missed by many.

  • September 25, 2015
    Justin Soponis says:
    My deepest condolences. Geoff's smile, heart, and enthusiasm for friendship are legendary. I consider myself lucky to have crossed paths with him in this life, and I appreciate every moment that I had with him. In movie lingo, Geoff was definitely one of the "good guys". A rare and bright star that drew others toward him with simple kindness. I hope to carry his example forward whenever I am able.

  • September 25, 2015
    Dominic Phelan says:
    I had some brief contact with Geoff, trying to get him to talk about Connie Ryan. Although I didn't know him, I'm shocked to read of his passing and wish I'd seen him as more than just the son of a famous father. RIP.