It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather Jeremiah “Jake” Ryan on September 19, 2014 at the Taigh Na Mara continuing care facility, Glace Bay surrounded by family. Born in New Waterford on April 12, 1923, he was the son of the late Jeremiah and Mary Sarah (McLellan) Ryan. At the age of 17, in 1940, Jake joined the Cape Breton Highlanders. He spent the next 2 years training at Aldershot, N.S. He then went to London, England for another year of training. He initially fought in Holland. On September 1, 1943, he was involved in the invasion of Italy. He had returned to Cape Breton in 1946 and the following year began to work in the coal mines. Jake loved playing softball and 45’s. He was a dancer and put his whole life into volunteering. He was a service officer for the Royal Canadian Legion for 25 years and was also president of the Cancer Society for 25 years. Jake was also a president of the Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by his sons Jimmy (Cheryl), River Ryan, and Jeremiah (Odile), Sydney, daughter Murrina Ryan, River Ryan, Geraldine (Wesley) Rose, Alton, Ont., Sadie (Dr. James) Calvin, London, Ont. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jamie Calvin, Kaelen Calvin, Wesley Rose Jr., Alexandria Rose, Jeremy Rose, Sarah Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Curtis Ryan, Meagan Buchanan. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his wife Berniece, son Jeremiah Basil, daughter Marina Anne, brothers Duncan, Hughie, sisters Mary, Cecilia, Maggie, Marie, and brother in-infancy Hughie. Cremation has taken place. There will be a visitation on Wednesday September 24, 2014 from 6 - 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday September 25 at 10 a.m. in the Parish of Saint Leonard with Fr. Ray Huntley officiating. Burial will be held in St. Michaels Cemetery followed by a reception at the Parish Hall, Convent St.. All are welcome. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McLellan Brothers Funeral Home, 3183 Plummer Ave., New Waterford. In lieu of flowers donations in Jake’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. To send online condolences to the family go to www.mclellanfuneralhome.com A Special thanks to Margie Jury, for all the help over the years and thanks to the nurses and staff of the Taigh Na Mara. You provided excellent care not only for our father; but also for other families as well.