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Family of care worker who passed away from the coronavirus have paid tribute to their ‘genuine, caring and funny gentleman’


Family of care worker who passed away from the coronavirus have paid tribute to their ‘genuine, caring and funny gentleman’

by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

THE family of a care worker who has passed away from the coronavirus have paid tribute to their ‘genuine, caring and funny gentleman.’

Shaun Ryan, 53, from Skelmersdale, passed away peacefully on April 12 at Southport District Hospital.

Shaun was born in Liverpool Maternity Hospital to Tommy and Vera Ryan, one of six children with John, Philip, Stephen, Martin and Clare.

He attended St Richards RC School, Tanhouse followed by St John Rigby College, Orrell, before moving to London for a short while to work before moving back to Skelmersdale and finding his true calling as a carer. He went on to be Senior Care Worker at Stocks Hall, Skelmersdale.

His family said: “He was a devoted single father to his late son Zach, Nathan and Katelyn, they were the most important part of his life.

“He loved his family and was a great comfort to his mum after his father passed in 2008.

“Tributes from his work colleagues and the families of those he looked after are testament to the man he was. A genuine, caring and funny gentleman, he loved being with his friends and thought highly of his work colleagues, where he was happiest when looking after others.

“Shaun was known for his love of hats and dickie-bows, he had a distinctive laugh that was contagious, you couldn’t help but smile when you heard it.

“A massive sci-fi fan, he loved Star Trek, Dr Who and anything related to the universe. He loved solving puzzles, the tricker the better, he was sure to solve them; he had no trouble solving the Rubik Cube. He was an avid fan of the NFL and found a love of gardening, attending Skem College to pursue his interest. He enjoyed darts and pool, playing many a pool match at The Elmridge Arms (Tanner).

“He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all that knew him His family have been blown away by the loving messages and tributes, it is wonderful to know how thought of he was by his friends and colleagues.”

His funeral will be held on April 30 at St Helens Crematorium but unfortunately due to the coronavirus only 10 family members are able to attend.

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