Peacefully at the Almonte General Hospital in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 28th, 2019; William Anthony “Bill” Ryan, a lifelong resident of Pakenham passed away at the age of 88 years. Beloved husband of Doreen (nee Fishenden); Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Lois (nee Herrick). Dearly loved father of Michael (late Sharon), Bernie, Carmel McCann (Rob), Shauna Ryan, Kelly Cavanagh (Brent) and Darcy (Ivy MacGarvie). Cherished and proud “Grampa” of 15 grandchildren. Dear brother of Rita Ryan, Pat (Madeleine), Emmett (Verna), Rosaleen Anderson (late Jack), Eleanor Lecours (Peter) and Adele Ryan. Son of the late Bill Sr. and Carmel (nee Stanton) Ryan. Also predeceased by a brother, Gervais (late Eleanor) and 2 sisters: Mary Stanton (late Ritchie) and Alice McGrath (late Des). Bill was Pakenham through and through. He enjoyed family gatherings, community and took part in anything happening in the area. He loved and enjoyed his heavy horses, lumbering, the outdoors and of course music and entertaining. A kind and gentle soul has gone to rest. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Turcotte, nurses, staff and volunteers at the Almonte General Hospital for providing such great care of Bill and the family. Bill’s final care has been entrusted to the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North where visitation was held on Monday, March 4th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in his beloved St. Peter Celestine Church, Pakenham on Tuesday morning, March 5th at 11 o’clock. Interment will take place at St. Peter Celestine Parish Cemetery, Indian Hill Road, Pakenham later in the Spring. In memory of Bill, please consider a donation to the Almonte General Hospital or St. Peter Celestine Parish, Pakenham.