Sports­man, leader and fam­ily man

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

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.

Pic­ture: So­nia Kohlbacher

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.

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