Ryan Seale

Ryan Seale

Saturday, October 12th, 1929 - Monday, November 30th, 2020
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October 12, 1929 - November 30, 2020

“He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family.”
We have lost this tower of a man in his “92nd” year, as he liked to proclaim.
He leaves behind his very loving partner of 68 years, Hazel Jean (nee Biddle) who was always at his side, and always number 1 in his heart; his devoted children, Hazel Ann (Brad), Janet (Graham), Ryan (Maryellen), Sarah (Michael), and Edward (Kathryn); 15 loving grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He had many wonderful friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Ryan Bertram Seale, in 1929; his mother, Ina Louise (nee Watts) (Seale) Hall, 1968; his brothers Ernest Seale, Leonard Hall and Leslie Hall.

Born and raised in Barbados, he attended St Stephen’s School. He worked at Cable & Wireless in Barbados 1946-1951. He immigrated to Montreal in 1951 to continue a career in sending telegrams by Morse code for Canadian Overseas Telecommunications Corporation (later Teleglobe). In 1965, he was one of 2 chosen by that company from across Canada via an aptitude test to become a computer programmer. He worked in the computer field with Teleglobe for the remainder of his career until retiring at age 55 in 1984.

Our father was a man of many passions - our mother, first and foremost; dancing; reading; a love of “le mot juste” and accurate grammar; his herd of 2nd hand bicycles; woodworking; golf; and returning annually after his retirement to Rockley Beach in his beloved Barbados. There he “held court” on his balcony every evening at sunset, and it seemed that all of Barbados would stop by for a drink, a laugh and a song. He loved cricket and was an avid cricketer. He was a bowler with the Montreal & District Amateur Cricket League during the 1950s and 60s. He remained active his whole life, bicycling until he was 87. At which point, our mother taught him to knit. And during the next 3 years, he made baby hats that are now on the heads of many babies, both present and future. He played cribbage with his darling Hazel, every morning after breakfast for the past 20 years.

Above all, he was a devoted father and family man. He was loving and supportive in everything we did. He attended every event and sports match that we were ever involved in. And this passion for his family, carried on with his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He taught us all the power of love and support; acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness.
He was well known as a jokester and storyteller, although sometimes needing some censorship! “Have you heard the one about...?”

Many thanks to Beccy Fourney, NP at SVCHC in Cornwall; Alanna Price, his regular home nurse; and Dr. Leigh, his palliative care physician, who made it possible for him to die at home. Also many thanks to the caregivers who gave him such special attention during these last few months of his life.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held in 2021, when we can celebrate his life as he would have us do: gathering together with family and friends, telling stories and laughing, with food and drink overflowing.
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Private Condolence

Dr Charles D Alleyn

Posted at 05:01pm

3 trees were planted in the memory of Ryan Seale

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Hazel Posted at 04:35am

Wonderful! Thank you Charles. Hazel

Ted Pierrepoint

Posted at 11:46am
I have known Ryan all my life, both in Barbados and in Montreal, he was a gentle caring man. I worked for the CPR in the same building in which he worked for COTC. I went with him when he got his first pair of glasses. Once outside, he wondered at he amazing difference they made. On behalf of my wife and me, we send our deepest sympathy to the entire family.

Ted Pierrepoint
Milton, Ontario

Norman Pierrepoint

Posted at 04:13pm
We are so sorry to hear of Ryan's passing. I was lucky enough to know Ryan well, and the impact he had on so many people.
We used to see him each time he would visit his Aunt in Fontabelle - in Barbados. in the 40's & 50's. He was such a nice fellow
and kind with everyone. We've lost a very special person.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies. Although No words can really ease your loss, know that you are in our thoughts.
Ryan you had a wonderful life, Rest in Peace.

Norman & Joan Pierrepoint
Montreal, (Qc.)


Barbara Ann Boire

Posted at 12:01pm
To the Seale Family, I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. Just recently, I was thinking about the lovely dinner my mother and I had with Hazel and Ryan when we were in Barbados. Ryan was full of life and proud to tell us all about his island! There are many fond memories of the Seale family growing up on McCarthy St as well. I extend my deepest sympathies to you at this difficult time. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Barbara Ann Boire

Charles Alleyn

Posted at 04:58pm
To Mrs. Seale , Hazel Ann , Janet , Ryan , Sarah , and Edward I offer my condolences for your loss on behalf of myself and my family. Although I have not seen you for many years you are often in my thoughts. Your father and your family are a big part of my memory landscape from a very happy time in my childhood . I remember Mr. Seale as kind generous , and funny .He was a great athlete and foremost a good family man .

Dr Charles Alleyn

Hazel Posted at 04:25am

Thank you Charles for your kind words. We have lots of memories of those years. On McCarthy st. Hazel

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