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 23, 2020
    jack cogan says:
    SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS CATHY & FAMILY R,I,P.joe

  • September 23, 2020
    Lisa Heaton says:
    So sorry for the loss of your sister in law and your brother. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. Mad dispatcher love We got your 6 sister

  • September 24, 2020
    Marie Eason says:
    Ashley, Falon, Tyler. My heart breaks for you all. To lose your Mama, and then your Daddy so close together. But the best thing going forward, is to make them Proud. Be happy, do good. Make a good life for yourselves. That's what they would both would want for Ya'll. Two good people taken way to soon. But for some reason. That was GOD'S PLAN. Prayers for you all. Joe's mom and sister's also. Love ya'll. If ya need anything we are here.


  • September 25, 2020
    I remember the day Joe and Sheila my sister first told me they were going to get married. I surprised them both.My husband Lloyd and I went to pick them both up and told them we were going to mrytle beach.But much to there surprise we throughed them a engagement party.Tge look on there faces was amazing. They hot married.And they both stood by each other for 20 years .And they have beautiful children and grandchildren together.Them two loved each other so much.They loved there children and all there grandchildren. Joe and our family was very close.We will miss both Joe and my sister Sheila Ryan who passed away a month ago.So Joe and Sheila yall are back together again.Two love birds.I love yall and miss yall everyday.