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Ryan William Woikin

May 27, 1972 - April 8, 2013



Ryan William Woikin, was born May 27, 1972 in Nelson and passed away April 8, 2013, in Nelson, with his parents at his side.

In his life Ryan only knew FRIENDS. And everyone was a friend. Dad was his best friend. His buddies at Bigby Place were his important friends. His workers were his appreciated friends. Ryan started making friends when he first went to elementary school at South Nelson, and continued through Trafalgar and LV Rogers, from which he proudly graduated.

Ryan’s many friend connections were not only with Bigby Place, but also with the Blue Grass Society, and Kootenay Co-op Radio, and his Dad’s band allowing music to be a constant in his life. The Nelson Maple Leafs had Ryan as a proud fan. He was thrilled and so very happy to be allowed to attend an afternoon game not long ago, even though he was hospitalized, and had to take his wheelchair. He loved every minute. And, at the Nelson Royal Canadian Legion, Ryan was able to share his love of the game of snooker.

About 20 years ago Ryan discovered Nelson Special Olympics and the friends that were involved in that. He also discovered that he enjoyed bowling, cross country skiing, soccer, hiking and SWIMMING. Ryan met with success at many Special Olympics Swim Meets from Abbotsford to London, Ontario (his trip of a lifetime), bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals.

Ryan’s memory will be treasured by his parents, Bill and Joan, his sister Tricia, with Dwayne, and Jack and Lily, his nephew and niece. Gramma Jacura, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends will also keep him in their hearts.

Ryan’s family would like to express sincere appreciation for all the friendships and companionships that were offered to Ryan through his life in Nelson. To the ‘kids’ at Bigby place, all the workers that have guided Ryan through the years, and most recently, the fabulous Health Care Professionals at the Nelson Hospital, thank you all.

Our gratitude also to the Legion Ladies who hosted Ryan’s Celebration of Life, the ‘Bigby Band’, and all those who attended.

There have been so many ‘acts of kindnesses towards Ryan and the family recently and through the years; please know that they are appreciated and remembered. Thank you for all being such a big part of Ryan’s life. 


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Uncle John, Aunt Verna, Ken and Wanda
Relation: Family

Ryan, smile, laugh, swim, fish, run free and watch over us all.
Hugs and love to Bill, Joan, Tricia, Dwayne, Jack, Lily……we’re here for you.

From: Verna Saliken
Relation: Family Friend

Sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Woikin family. Ryan was such a great person who always strived to be the best he could be at everything he did. Ryan will be missed dearly.

Verna Saliken

From: James & Marianne Taylor
Relation: Friend

Bill, Joan & Tricia:
Extremely at a loss for words. Ryan was very special and I will sincerely miss HIS happy and honest personality. His greeting of “HI JIM” every time we met always brought a smile to my face.
Jim & Marianne

From: Christine Reuther
Relation: Friend of the family

My deepest symapthy to the Woikin family. May all your memories of Ryan bring you comfort as you grieve for dear son and brother.

From: Dawn Wrangler
Relation: locally

Deepest sympathies for your loss.

From: Natalie Petersen
Relation: Friend

Ryan’s happy personality and warm honest and genuine spirit will always be remembered. I remember Ryan from childhood and school.

My condolences to his Mom and Dad and sister.

May you rest in peace Ryan.

Always remembered
Never forgotten

From: Aline & Eric Winje
Relation: acquaintances of his parents

We were saddened to hear of your son’s passing Joan and Bill. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

From: Bob and Barb Johnson
Relation: old friend

Thanks Ryan for all the smiles, and happiness you added to the lives of other people while you were with us on this earth, you were a very strong swimmer, and person who enjoyed music and life to the fullest

From: Eva De Foor
Relation: Friend

My heart goes out to Bill & Joan at this time. I really liked Ryan a lot. He always had a smile for me, and made me feel like I was the special one. I knew it was him though.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 13, 2013
Beginning at 11:00am

Nelson Royal Canadian Legion Hall
402 Stanley Street
Nelson, BC Canada

402 Stanley Street
Nelson, BC Canada

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