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Memorable Manitobans: George Russell Ryan (1883-1955)


Born in 1883, son of James Ryan and Mary Ann Morris, he was President of Ryan Brothers Limited, manufacturers of refrigeration equipment, since the formation of the company in 1906. On 24 January 1906, he married Sybil Wesley Handscomb (c1884-1945) at Winnipeg, daughter of Charles W. Handscomb. They had five sons: James Wesley Ryan (1907-1984), John Russell “Jack” Ryan (1911-1961), William Gordon “Bill” Ryan (1914-?), Robert Handscomb “Bob” Ryan (1914-?), and Kerry Alan Ryan (1918-?). The family lived at 57 Middle Gate (1909-?) and 29 Ruskin Row (?-?). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, and Grace United Church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 920 Palmerston Avenue, on 10 February 1955 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ryan House (57 Middle Gate, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: R. R. Scott House (29 Ruskin Row, Winnipeg)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Refrigeration firm president G. R. Ryan dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1955, page 44.

“Ryan estate valued at $506,483,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 1955, page 5.

Obituary [John R. Ryan], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1961, page 60.

Obituary [James Wesley Ryan], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1984, page 51.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 September 2019

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