June 27, 1968 - December 13, 2012
Ryan Ganley passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 13, 2012, with his loving wife and dear friends at his side. His yearlong struggle with a terminal illness has ended, and he is at peace.
Ryan Thomas Ganley was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on June 27, 1968, to Thomas and Harriett Ganley and spent his early years attending school in Salcha, where he excelled as a cross-country skier. Upon the death of his parents, Ryan moved to Sayre, Pa., in 1981 to live with his uncle and aunt, Dr. Richard and Sarah Ganley. He attended Notre Dame High School in Elmira, N.Y., and graduated in 1986. It was during his time attending Ithaca College (1987 to 1991) that he met his lifelong partner and love, Tracy Metviner.
Together, they traveled an adventurous trail to Steamboat Springs and worked at the Grubstake Restaurant. Eventually, they settled in Portland, Ore., where he and his business partner and best friend, Dave Kawika Kahoilua, established the Bamboo Grove Hawai’ian Grille, a hugely successful restaurant on Carolina Street. Ryan and Tracy married in 1998. They are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Kaeli, 8, and Jadyn, 4. His “three girls,” Tracy, Kaeli and Jadyn were his greatest joy and gave him the strength he needed to push on in his final, difficult months.
Ryan made many friends along the way. His love of music, good times and laughter will be remembered and cherished by everyone who had the luck to know him. Knowing time was short, Ryan traveled when he could in his last year and brought great joy to his friends and family from Portland to Steamboat and Las Vegas to Alaska. Ryan lived the creed set forth by the gonzo author he so admired, Hunter S. Thompson: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”
Ryan’s wish is for us to celebrate his life in the style of an Irish wake — with lots of laughs, shots and beer, memories and great tunes in the jukebox. We will be celebrating his life Jan. 8, 2013, at Ryan’s favorite bar, Jolly Roger at John’s Landing in Portland. Please, no gifts or flowers. Instead, consider making a donation to the National Brain Tumor Society in Ryan’s name at www.braintumorcommunity.