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  • Born on 18 May 1893 in Bromley, Osceola, Ontario, James Anthony (Jim) Ryan was the son of Michael and Bridget (née Gannon) Ryan, both of Irish descent. The family settled in the Renfrew area where they farmed. Jim was the eldest child in the family and had the following known siblings: Mary Frances, Michael L, Joseph Victor, Mary Irene, Mary Ethel, Mary Hortense, and Thomas.

    Private James Anthony Ryan enlisted on 23 October 1917 in Brockville, Ontario, occupation given as mill carriage man. Joining the Railway Construction and Forestry Depot he embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 27 November 1917 aboard the SS Metagama. With the Canadian Forestry Corps, District 55, 130th Company, Jim was promoted first to A/ Corporal and then to A/Sergeant at Stirling. Plagued with heart problems, he spent time in Kemnay, Scotland recuperating. With the war’s end, he embarked from Liverpool on 5 July 1919 aboard the RMS Carmania.

    After the war Jim moved to Kenora, Ontario, first working at the Keewatin Lumber Company. He married Eva Grace Perrault, daughter of Joseph and Exilda (née Favreau) Perrault on 24 January 1923 in Kenora. They lived in northwestern Ontario and latterly Kenora, where he worked for the Ontario-Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company, eventually achieving the position of Woods Manager. They adopted a daughter Margaret in 1928 and gave birth to a son James (Jim) in 1934. James Anthony Ryan died suddenly due to heart failure on 29 April 1952 at age 58. Over the course of his life he was active in community affairs. He was a member of the Rotary Club, charter member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Kenora Board of Trade, member of St Joseph’s Hospital Board, and was very active in the Notre Dame Church. Along with his wife Eva, James Anthony Ryan is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora. Eva had moved to Winnipeg after Jim’s death and died at St Boniface Hospital in 1976. Their daughter Margaret died in Toronto in 2007 and son Jim in 2012 in Penticton, BC.

    by Judy Stockham

    photo of Jim and Eva: courtesy of the family
    newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News

    Jim and Eva

    Jim and Eva

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    KMN 30 April 1952 part 1

    KMN 30 April 1952 part 1

    KMN 30 April 1952 part 2

    KMN 30 April 1952 part 2

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

  • Regimental Number:
  • 2161258
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Forestry Corps
  • Battalion:
  • 130th Company, CFC
  • Place of Birth:
  • Bromley, Osceola, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs. Michael Ryan, mother
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Pembroke, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • May 18, 1893
  • Trade or Calling:
  • mill carriage man
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Brockville, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • October 23, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 24
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • April 29, 1952
  • Age at Death:
  • 59
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • RC E - 38 - 20
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Born on 18 May 1893 in Bromley, Osceola, Ontario, James Anthony (Jim) Ryan was the son of Michael and Bridget (née Gannon) Ryan, both of Irish descent. The family settled in the Renfrew area where they farmed. Jim was the eldest child in the family and had the following known siblings: Mary Frances, Michael L, Joseph Victor, Mary Irene, Mary Ethel, Mary Hortense, and Thomas.

    Private James Anthony Ryan enlisted on 23 October 1917 in Brockville, Ontario, occupation given as mill carriage man. Joining the Railway Construction and Forestry Depot he embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 27 November 1917 aboard the SS Metagama. With the Canadian Forestry Corps, District 55, 130th Company, Jim was promoted first to A/ Corporal and then to A/Sergeant at Stirling. Plagued with heart problems, he spent time in Kemnay, Scotland recuperating. With the war’s end, he embarked from Liverpool on 5 July 1919 aboard the RMS Carmania.

    After the war Jim moved to Kenora, Ontario, first working at the Keewatin Lumber Company. He married Eva Grace Perrault, daughter of Joseph and Exilda (née Favreau) Perrault on 24 January 1923 in Kenora. They lived in northwestern Ontario and latterly Kenora, where he worked for the Ontario-Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company, eventually achieving the position of Woods Manager. They adopted a daughter Margaret in 1928 and gave birth to a son James (Jim) in 1934. James Anthony Ryan died suddenly due to heart failure on 29 April 1952 at age 58. Over the course of his life he was active in community affairs. He was a member of the Rotary Club, charter member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Kenora Board of Trade, member of St Joseph’s Hospital Board, and was very active in the Notre Dame Church. Along with his wife Eva, James Anthony Ryan is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora. Eva had moved to Winnipeg after Jim’s death and died at St Boniface Hospital in 1976. Their daughter Margaret died in Toronto in 2007 and son Jim in 2012 in Penticton, BC.

    by Judy Stockham

    photo of Jim and Eva: courtesy of the family
    newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News

    Jim and Eva

    Jim and Eva

    KMN

    KMN

    KMN 30 April 1952 part 1

    KMN 30 April 1952 part 1

    KMN 30 April 1952 part 2

    KMN 30 April 1952 part 2

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

  • « Return to all stories
  • Ryan, James Anthony Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 2161258
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 130th Company, CFC
  • Place of Birth:
  • Bromley, Osceola, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs. Michael Ryan, mother
  • Date of Birth:
  • May 18, 1893
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Forestry Corps
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Pembroke, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • mill carriage man
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Brockville, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • October 23, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 24
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • April 29, 1952
  • Age at Death:
  • 59
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • RC E - 38 - 20
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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