Bill Ryan-Connelly died peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was 69.
Sudden onset of acute leukemia brought him to the waiting arms of the Lord within only two months.
A celebration of life and memorial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Canice Hall, 236 Reward St. in Nevada City. Bring a dish to include for a potluck lunch and visiting/story-sharing time to follow.
Bill was born June 12, 1944, in Palo Alto, Calif., to Jim and Dorothy Connelly. He grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., attending St. Joseph and Bishop Garces Catholic schools, first through 12th grade. After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to complete a BS in psychology from UC Riverside. This led him to social work, where he spent five years in Kern County in Child Protective Services, 21 years in Nevada County in Adult Protective Services and eight years with Behavioral Health in Nevada County. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane Ryan Dec. 20, 1986, becoming a father to her two children. Thus began a most happy and gratifying married and family life.
All who knew Bill speak of his quiet gentleness, his caring kindnesses, the twinkle in his eye, his zany humor, his devotion to his spiritual practices and his deep love for his wife and family. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Mary Jane; daughter, Jan Olsen and her husband, Mitch, and grandsons Conner and Gavin Olsen of Grass Valley; son, Ryan Reed, and wife, Christiana, of Antelope; and brothers Jim Connelly of Fresno and Michael Connelly of Camp Verde, Ariz. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Andrew Connelly and Dorothy Claire (Meyer) Connelly.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, with which Bill was affiliated, or Hospice of the Foothills. Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.
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