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Dr. Alan David Campbell Ryley
August 23, 1955 - June 20, 2014
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<div itemprop="description">Dr. Alan David Campbell Ryley died peacefully June 20, 2014 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. <br />Renowned surgeon, outdoor enthusiast, and story teller, Alan was the heart of a large loving family, and a beloved friend and colleague. His death has left a devastating hole in the lives of his entire family. <br />Predeceased by mother Jocelyn Ryley, Alan is deeply missed by his wife Andrea Esson, sons Graeme and David Ryley, Andrea&rsquo;s children, Taryn, Neil and Simon Ashby, Alan&rsquo;s father A.C. (Pat) Ryley, brother Jeff Ryley (Nancy Garratt), sister Jenny Levitt (Bruce) and sister Bay Ryley (Dave Seglins), and his sisters and brothers-in-law Iain Esson, Nancy Esson and John Kitchen, Gillian Esson and Marvin Tansley, Sarah Briggs and Michael Clouthier, and Andrew Briggs and Lori Gagnon. <br />Cherished &ldquo;Gramps&rdquo; to Ben Murray. Beloved uncle to Sam, Megan and Kate Ryley; Claire and Georgia Levitt; Amy and James Seglins; Emma, Zoe, Sophie and Harriet Kitchen; Eleanor, Antoinette, Lilianne and Wilfrid Tansley, and Josephine Briggs. Much loved cousin to the extended Ryley Clan. <br />Alan touched many people and saved the lives of countless patients as a General Surgeon at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington. He took great joy in mentoring and teaching medical students and postgraduate surgical residents, and happily dispensed sage advice to everyone he met. Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, and Assistant Professor of Surgery, McMaster University, Alan served for many years as board member and Chair, Political Action Committee, of the Ontario Medical Association, and board member of the Canadian Medical Association, Cynapsus Therapeutics, and the International Wine and Food Societies of both Toronto and the Americas. <br />He held dear his extended family of colleagues, nurses and doctors, and his communities at St. John&rsquo;s Anglican Church, Craigleith and Osler Bluff Ski Clubs, and the Hamilton Golf and Country Club. <br />Alan loved skiing, golf, canoeing, and the outdoors, born from his early years as camper and naturalist at Big Bay Point and Camp Kandalore. Cherished for his funny stories (often repeated and embellished), he loved to garden, cook, taste wine, and talk about wine. <br />Many thanks to Alan&rsquo;s extended team of medical experts, particularly Dr. Eugenia Piliotis, Dr. Channy Muhn, Dr. David Loach, Dr. Patricia Hannon, and the dedicated and exceptionally caring nursing staff of 14B and 15B, at Princess Margaret Hospital. <br />Family and friends will be received at the DODSWORTH AND BROWN &ndash; &ldquo;ANCASTER CHAPEL&rdquo;, 378 Wilson St. East, Ancaster on Tuesday June 24, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. Family asks for condolences, memories and photos to be shared at . A Funeral Service will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday June 25 at ST. JOHN&rsquo;S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 272 Wilson Street East, Ancaster. <br />No flowers please. Donations in honour of Alan may be made to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, or St. John&rsquo;s Anglican Church. <br /></div>