July 11, 2019 Pattrick (Pamela) Carew Ryan died at the age of 37 on Thursday, July 11, 2019, in the presence of loving friends and family. After a life of chronic health challenges, we remember the joy and happiness he brought into our lives. Pattrick defeated some challenges, lived with many, but always proceeded with compassion and generosity. He overcome addiction, and despite struggles, proudly left that chapter of his life behind years ago. Pattrick had a penchant for uncontrollable laughter, often infectious, causing friends and loved ones to experience symptoms ranging from watery eyes to an aching belly. About a year ago, Pam expressed a preference to be called Pattrick. She did so with a recognition of the cons of pronouns and the habit-hewn limitations of those who loved him most. Our words may have slipped from time to time, but our hearts remain grounded in acceptance and love. We remember the kindness of Pamela. And we cherish the bravery of Pattrick, who lived according to the advice of Kermit the Frog, "always be yourself." Pattrick is survived by mother, Carol, whose role as caregiver and advocate brought comfort and peace for her little sweet pea. A daughter first and a friend always, their ability to find happy moments together was remarkable. Brother, Barry, learned the value of gentleness from his older sister. He carries this lesson into his life with wife, Briles, and sons, David and Turner – both of whom adored their Aunt Pat. Pattrick was loved by an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by father, John, and nana, Evelyn. Pattrick knew they would be together again someday, walking with our beloved family dog, Daisy. Pattrick graduated from Cave Spring High School and was a gifted artist with a keen eye for color. He was especially passionate about animals, whether living or stuffed, and held a lifelong love of frogs, turtles, lizards, and all things green. He found fulfilment in therapeutic riding with equine friends, Arnie and Willow. The family will announce the details of a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we request donations to Healing Strides of Virginia, P.O. Box 456, Boones Mill, VA 24065. Online condolences may be expressed at www.oakeys.com.
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