On June 20, 1994, the world became a better place. To the delight of many, Ryan had arrived!
The joy that his presence created impacted many, and so it is with profound sadness that we announce his passing.
He leaves to mourn, the love of his life, his wife, Alishia Prince, his little brothers Jason and Shayne Prince, his dad Rob Prince, his mom and step dad, Cathy and Walter von Harpe, his mother and father in law Pam and Paul Ciupa, and his “little sister” Aspyn Ciupa. His grandparents, Ed Maurier, and Garth and Sharon Prince, along with countless aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased most recently by his Gramma Maurier, and by his life-long pal, Paul Price.
Ryan attended Max Turyk Elementary from kindergarten to grade 2, and when the Fernie Academy opened, he and his brother Jason were 2 of the first children to attend. Ryan completed grade 12 there, and with great pride, he accepted his diploma and City of Fernie scholarship in 2012.
It was during these formative years at the Academy that Ryan met and fell in love with his soulmate, Alishia. They grew and matured into young adults together, and their love too, blossomed into the special bond that they shared with us when they exchanged their marriage vows on August 17, 2013.
Ryan’s joy for life was obvious from the very beginning. His childhood giggle, and joyful, contagious smile as a toddler, evolved to include everyone who he came in contact with. His love and enthusiasm were contagious, and no one ever left his presence without a smile. His ability to see the good in everything, no matter the circumstance, will live on in our memories.
Ryan was always up for a challenge too, no task was too daunting, and this again, was an attribute that many remember. His love for music started at an early age, he took piano lessons from age 4 to 17, and his ability to express himself through music was something that he never forgot about. He got a piano for Christmas this last year, and was preparing for a recital of Phantom of the Opera for his beloved music teacher for all those years, Miss Sylvia. He also had begun to teach Alishia how to play, his love of music was just one more thing that he desired to share with her.
Ryan lived more in the 20 years he was with us than many do in a lifetime, he never wasted time wondering, he simply jumped in with both feet and set out to accomplish what it was he was focused on.
A Funeral Service was held on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Mountain Side Church in Fernie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CIMA boys school in Lima, Peru, c/o the Fernie Academy, or to The Chrysalis House in Fernie. Ryan felt very strongly about empowering women, and education. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.
Memories & condolences shared atwww.cherishedmemoriesfs.com