Joseph Michael Ryan

June 12, 1968 - September 20, 2020
Joseph Michael Ryan

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of a cherished father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle, Joseph Michael Ryan of Wilmington North Carolina on Sunday September 20th, 2020 of an ongoing heart condition.

Joe leaves behind to continue his legacy one son: Tyler J. Ryan of Wilmington, NC; three daughters: Falon N. Sandidge husband Sean of Goldsboro, NC; Ashley M. Temples of Gainesville, GA; Amber N. Ryan of Havelock, NC; his mother: Catherine Willock; three sisters: Kristin Kitchen; Sandra Cogan; Crystal Jones; eight grandchildren: Summer; Aaron; Dylan; Madison; Gabriella; Shane; Finley; Seanna; and numerous other family members and friends.

He was proceeded in death by his brother James William Ryan and one month prior by his best friend and wife of 20 years, Sheila Marie Ryan.

Joe was born in Stoughton Massachusetts and has spent the last 52 years loving the New England Patriots, the beach, coffee ice cream, yard work, a good steak and Saint Patrick’s Day. Not necessarily in that order.

Joe was a dedicated father, husband, son and football fan.
He lives on in each of his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings and his devoted mother. It’s not ideal, but he is still right here with us, we just need to look a little harder now.

A private service will be held at the family’s request. The family will receive guests on Sunday September 27th, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Ryan residence, 3704 Merestone Drive in Wilmington North Carolina.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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  • September 22, 2020
    Tom Willock says:
    Joe was as cool as they come. My earliest memory of Joe is from 1986, our bedrooms were in the basement of our house on N Elm St in West Bridgewater Mass, Joe was on crutches, I think due to a knee injury. I had just seen Nightmare on Elm Street, it was late at night and I heard metal scraping against a shelving unit outside my bedroom door. I was sure Freddy Kruger was coming to get me. Luckily for me it was just Joe’s crutches making that noise, I’ve never been more relieved to see anybody. Joe always treated me well, I have only fond memories of him. Rest In Peace. My most heartfelt condolences to those he left behind. I hope you find solace in this terribly sad time.

  • September 22, 2020
    Kathy Cogan says:
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Sorry for your loss. Love, Kathy, Chris, Kailyn and Christopher Cogan

  • September 23, 2020
    Amanda Melton says:
    I am happy to say that I got really close with my Aunt Sheila and Uncle Joe. This has been one of the hardest things to ever hit our family. Joe and Sheila both know how close our family was, which is why I was able to have so many unforgettable conversations with Uncle Joe. He always showed so much appreciation knowing he married into a close family. He loved his kids and grand babies to no end. I hope they are dancing together in heaven and watching over their loved ones. I will never forget either of you ❤️

  • September 23, 2020
    Cheryl Cogan says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Your family has been thru a lot in the last few months.Prayers to you Paul,Cheryl,Kim and Keith and Abby.

  • September 23, 2020
    Heather Ruggia says:
    My prayers and thoughts with you all