Sportsman, leader and family man
John Clifford Ryan Born: January 11, 1938 Died: September 22, 2018 With the death of John “Doc” Ryan, the community has lost one of its shining jewels.
John meant a lot of things to a lot of people but he was first and foremost a family man, to his wife Lynette and sons Gary, Ian and Peter and his extended family.
Born in Perth, John and his family moved to the Pemberton region where his father was a doctor.
It is in honour of his father that John’s nickname was “Doc”.
A big part of John’s life was his involvement with the Lower South West Football Club and the Imperials Football Club.
Current Imperials president Anthony Stubberfield said “Doc” started playing for the club at a young age.
“His dad sent him and his two brothers Colin and Tony to football training one night in the late 50s, thinking it was Tigers’ night for training,” he said.
“When they arrived, Imperials were training, so they joined in and played for Imperials.”
It was a fortuitous event that kickstarted John’s involvement in the club, which included being part of the 1961 Imperials Reserves Premiership side with his brothers.
“In the 70s when the Warren Junior Football Association aligned itself with the LSWFL clubs, Doc was a driving force behind the creation of the association, as well as president of Imperials Juniors and he also coached,” Mr Stubberfield said.
“Doc was made a life member of the club in the 80s.
“As a club president and volunteer, Doc was a regular spectator at all Imperials seniors games, including to the 2018 Grand Final.”
Mr Stubberfield also said everyone listened when Doc spoke and he always showed great respect to opposing players and club officials.
“Doc wasn’t one of the best, he was the very best,” he said.
“To the family, our deepest condolences to Lynette, Gary, Ian and Peter, our club is forever grateful for having Doc Ryan a part of it for so long.
“The Imperials Football Club and the LSWFL is a far better community for having had Doc Ryan as an integral part of it, he will be sorely missed.”
One of John’s other passions was his involvement in the Manjimup Bowling Club, which began in 1991.
Over the years, John was the club president from 200408 and again from 2016-2017 and earned his life membership in 2009.
John was a top-tier player and was a member of the Blackwood Bowling League Championships in 1991/92 and 2002-03 for fours champions, 1995-96 for triples champions and 2006/07 pairs champions.
Manjimup Bowling Club men’s president Paul Wood said John also represented the club at Country Week and carnivals on numerous occasions.
“John has worked tirelessly over many years to raise the profile of the Manjimup Bowls Club,” he said.
“He was well-known throughout WA from the north to the South West for his bowling sportsmanship and goodwill.
“To Lynette, Gary, Ian and Peter, he will be sadly missed by the club, both on and off the green, just a true legend of a bloke.”
John was also a State and National blind bowling champion and in a Manjimup-Bridgetown Times article on October 25, 2017, he thanked his wife Lynette.
“Thank you so much to my director, my wife, I don’t go anywhere without her direction,” he said.
John was more recently one of the first two people from the region announced to be part of the 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games as a member of the relay.
John Ryan, pictured after his Australian Blind Bowlers Association national championship win in 2013. A keen sportsman, he was first and foremost a family man.