John Raymond Ryan, Sr., age 69, of Wilmington, NC, passed away January 23, 2013, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
John Raymond Ryan was born June 22, 1943, to Wallace and Bernice Ryan in the Greensboro area.
He is survived by his brothers David Ryan (Judy), Alan Ryan (Phyllis), and Rodger Ryan (Dianne); two sons, John Raymond Ryan Junior (Melissa) and Brandon David Ryan (Angelina). Grandchildren include Travis John Ryan (Monica), Elizabeth Joy Hunt (Steven) and Victoria Jane Ryan and great grandchildren Reagan Joy Hunt and Tyler John Ryan.
The family offers a special thanks to Raymond’s extended Wilmington family including Joel and Sara Brown, Megan Johnson, Kathy Brunswick and Debbie Nolan.
Raymond started his career as a lineman and worked at Duke Power, Sumter Builders and Four County Electric Cooperative before becoming a sales associate with the Tarheel Electric Membership Association. Raymond traveled the state assisting each cooperative in maintaining optimal electric power inventory. Throughout his career his electric skills were only surpassed by his friendly demeanor and ability to never meet a stranger.
Following retirement, Raymond relocated to the Wilmington area where he enjoyed the beach, food, friends, and making all who had the pleasure of meeting him laugh. Raymond always loved spending time with his extended family, making the staff at New Hope Pulmonary Rehab laugh, operating as a one man lookout for Birchwood Apartment Complex, and settling in to his new patio home. Despite failing eyesight, Raymond could always spot a pretty lady, a great smile, and a kind heart.
We will carry his smile and his laughter in our hearts always.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 11 AM Saturday at the chapel of Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.
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