It is with great sadness that the family of Kevin Ryan, 81, announce his passing on March 12, 2023, after a difficult battle with cancer. Kevin is survived by his partner and the love of his life, Joy Asher, of Fredericton. In addition, Kevin is survived by his sons, Jim Ryan of Fredericton, NB, and Mike Ryan (Sharon) of New Jersey, USA; granddaughters, Jessica and Cassidy Ryan of New Jersey; sister, Eileen Morrison of Broad Cove, NS; and nephew, Douglas Morrison of Middle New Cornwall, NS. Kevin was predeceased by his parents, John and Esther Ryan, and brother-in-law, Ken Morrison.
Kevin was born in 1941 to John and Esther Ryan in Montreal, Quebec. After graduating from Loyola College in Montreal, he embraced his passion for broadcasting and landed his first job with CBC Radio, working for the Northern Service at Frobisher Bay, Nunavut Territory. This was the beginning of what would become a decades-long career, doing work that he loved.
Over time, Kevin transferred to Fort Churchill, Manitoba, and then to the larger CBC operation in Whitehorse, Yukon. While there he recognized the part CBC Radio could play in the life of Yukoners and welcomed his own role in that work. Kevin was particularly adept at live broadcasts from remote locations—something done fairly often by the Whitehorse station. Whether broadcasting a student quiz show in a remote mining town or covering Yukon River raft races in Dawson City during Discovery Day celebrations, he was a fearless correspondent who handled live situations with grace and dealt with unpredictable circumstances with the same enthusiasm and expertise that made the people he interviewed feel welcome and comfortable.