Karen Ryan

June 15, 1954 to April 11, 2023


Passed away in palliative care at the L.A. Miller Centre after her courageous battle with cancer.


Predeceased by her loving husband, Frank Ryan; parents, Leroy and Evelyn Percy; and “Irish Twin” sister, Linda Leonard (Dave).


Leaving to mourn her daughter, Tara Ryan (Kirk Traverse); sisters, Donna Percy-Power (Chris Power) and Renee Beanlands (Ken Beanlands); brother, John Percy (Louise Percy); grand fur child, Bear Ryan; bay daughter, Melissa Ball; sisters in law Belinda Ryan, Darlene Ryan, Angie Farrell (Gerard Farrell); and Tina McGrath (Doug McGrath); as well as her very close friends, Cheryl Whitten, Elizabeth Jackson, Sean and Steph Fowlow, Chris and Wayne Piccott, Brian Efford, Jennifer Redmond, and Fronie Squibb.


Special thanks to her friends and family at MUN, Island Furniture and Wheelway Transportation.  All the staff at the Cancer Clinic, including the porters, admitting clerks, radiology, oncology, nurses, housekeeping, and doctors – especially Dr. Karen Downton.  You provided incredible care and compassion.  Your kindness and support were insurmountable.  Thank you to the transporting paramedics for playing her favourite music, and the staff at the PCU, Miller Centre and 4NA at Health Sciences for your help along her journey.


The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Saturday April 15th from 10AM – 9PM.  Flowers graciously accepted.  Donations in Karen’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.





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I am so very saddened to hear this sad news today. Karen had the most infectious and beautiful bright smile and laughter of anyone you knew. She was a gift to us all at the university and the CSU. To the Ryan family, please accept my deepest condolences and very heartfelt sympathy. This bright angel was taken too soon.
With love.
Very kindest regards
Paul Thornhill.
Royal Tunbridge Wells,
Kent, United Kingdom.

Dear Donna,
Ray and I were sorry to learn of the passing of your sister Karen. You have all endured so much loss and sadness in the last while . It is our hope that your very special memories and the support of your extended family and friends will sustain you during this most difficult time. We send our sincere condolences to all of you. Marie & Ray

So very sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.
We were neighbours a longtime ago when you were a baby. My deepest condolences to you.. 🙏

Karen, you will certainly be missed by many, especially your amazingly strong daughter, Tara.

I promise that she will never be alone. I will love and cherish her forever.

Donna and family, I am so sorry for the passing of Karen. Huge hugs sent to all.

Condolences to the family on the passing of your loved one Karen. She will live on in our hearts and prayers. Max had the privilege of meeting Karen through Frank, they were both drivers for Wheelway. R.I.P. Karen

Donna and Family
We are so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I had been in her company only a few times . Karen was quite the character. She knew how to make you laugh. Our condolences to all the family

Tara, Donna, John, Renee and all Family Members; So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I know you all have wonderful memories that you will cherish and you are remembering right now. Fly High With The Angels Karen.

Tara and family
So sorry to hear of your mom/Karen’s passing. I have such fond memories of your mom during the years that her and John worked together in the TSC. Those two enjoyed tormenting each other and the bit of badness with his work family there, made for some of the happiest memories for John. Your mom was indeed a part of that. On behalf of myself and my daughters, we send our deepest sympathies. Gail Hatcher

Belinda, Angie and Family. So sorry to hear your sister-in-law, Karen, has passed. My condolences to all the family.

Sincere condolences to all of Karen’s family.

Dave & Sylvia Hudson.

Thoughts and condolences at this sad time for the family.
Alan & Barbara Carew (Percy)

Deepest condolences to Karen’s family. May you take peace in knowing she has been reunited with her Buck. May she RIP

So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Hold your special memories close.

My deepest condolences go out to Tara, Donna, Renee, John and their families. May your fond memories help you through this very difficult time.
With love and virtual hugs,
Cousin Luann

Condolences on the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time!

So sorry about your Momma, Tara. Our sincerest, heartfelt condolences go out to and your family. Your Momma was the sweetest, most sarcastic, funniest person I know. She always had a comeback for everything and everyone. I loved our chats and visits over the years and even when she sang Happy Birthday to me lol. To say she’ll be missed, is an understatement. I miss my sweet friend already. Tara, I’m here for you and Bear whenever you need me. Love you Karen. You’ll never be forgotten, that’s for sure. Rest in eternal peace with your hubby. Until we meet again. xo
Sandra and Rebecca Ford and Linda Fry and Families

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May your precious memories of her help you in the day ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Joan and Sam Fowlow

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Jack & Bride Traverse

Renee and family. I’m so very sorry that you’ve lost your sister, Karen. Please know I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

gone from our sight, but never our memories .gone from our touch ,but never our hearts thinking of Karen’s family and trust your memories of special times will bring you comfort

Tara, so sorry to hear of the death of your mother. I remember meeting her at my granddaughters Christening in Newfoundland.

Tara, I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom, hold your memories close, and know you were her everything 💝

Tara I am so very sorry to hear of your moms passing. Condolences to you and all her family. RIP Karen.

So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
Your cousins, Linda Au and Mary Biggs.

Karen’s family I want you you all to know that I am thinking of you at this time. Karen was such a caring, funny person to know. I met her several times through her Mom. My deepest condolences, Betty Spearns

So sorry to hear the news of your sister’s passing.
My Thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.