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Memorable Manitobans: George Ryan (1859-1948)


Born at Perth, Ontario on 4 May 1859, son of Michael Ryan and Sarah Molyneaux, he came to Winnipeg in 1880. He was one of four brothers (Thomas Ryan, James Ryan, and Michael Ryan) who went into business together and was a proprietor of one of the city’s first shoe stores. In 1893, the Ryan block was built on the site of this shoe store, which is now 492 Main Street. He later sold his business and retired after more than 50 years in the wholesale shoe trade. He was a charter member of Grace United Church and held the posts of elder and treasurer here. He was a brother-in-law of Robert D. Paterson. On 17 July 1948, he died at his Winnipeg home, 780 Fleet Avenue, and was buried at St. James Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ryan Brothers Building / Great Western Electric Building (110 James Avenue, Winnipeg)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Proprietor of early city shoe store, George Ryan dies at age of 89,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 1948, page 3. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 23]

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2016

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