In Memory of




Obituary for Dawn Maria Ryan


Age 62, of Timberlea, daughter of the late Edward & Shirley (Boutilier) Ryan. Dawn left us Friday, unexpectedly, yet peacefully, in her sleep. Saddened and missing her is a multitude of people whose lives she has enriched with every smile, kind deed and wise words. Dawn held her small family close to her heart, survived by her brother Dale and wife Jackie (Wile), nephew Jeffrey (Karen) and niece Stephanie. Known as “Aunt Dawn” to so many whose lives she touched, including her special neighbors Sullivan, Megan and Tyler. Dawn had a special place in the hearts of the Tilley family who loved her very much.

Dawn was a Victoria General Hospital graduate, Class 1976-1977. She graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing from Dalhousie University in 1988. She contributed significantly to our Metro Health Care System, beginning her career at Camp Hill as a staff nurse, then nurse manager and eventually became director of resident care at Parkstone Enhanced Care. She retired in 2016 as Administrator. Dawn was devoted to her career and was an advocate for not only her patients but staff and coworkers as well. She was highly regarded by anyone fortunate enough to work alongside her throughout her career. She frequently used the phrase ‘we work really hard and have fun while doing it’, this was a driver for many of the everlasting friendships she formed with so many of her colleagues over the years. Dawn was often the planner of the annual ‘fishin’ trips’ or pool parties; always encouraging social activity and team building.

Her love of treasures, history, music, and friendship will be missed by so many. She leaves her life-long best friend Charmaine and her special cousin Annie who said it best as she expressed her feelings of loss; “we lost an earth angel, a soul sister, a mentor and a friend”.

A celebration of life will be held 11 am Friday, July 19th in the Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy’s Cove Rd, Upper Tantallon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made to