Ryan Michael Creeden
SANDWICH — After a long, courageous fight and a lengthy hospital stay, Ryan passed away.
Ryan grew up in Sharon and moved with his family to Sandwich 20 years ago. He was a member of Sandwich High School's graduating Class of 2000.
Ryan's strong work ethic enabled him to excel at all that he did. After years of hard work, Ryan earned a reputation as a fine carpenter. He was able to utilize his talent at work and on his home that he owned. He also spent time as a custom motorcycle builder, even appearing on a Discovery Channel Biker Build-Off. In January of 2009, he decided to pursue his growing passion for cooking and moved to Austin, Texas, to attend the Texas Culinary Academy. While in Texas, Ryan made many great new friends, both in culinary school and at Uchi, a top sushi restaurant where he was training with the best.
After losing his older brother Jesse, Ryan didn't hesitate to enjoy life to the fullest and as Tim McGraw would say, "he was lucky enough to have had the chance to live like he was dying." Ryan loved his music, his food, his family and his friends, and we are all better people having known him.
Ryan had an infectious personality and sense of humor. His smile and blue eyes will not be easily forgotten. He was always thinking of others and never hesitated to offer help to those in need. Ryan will be missed by many, especially his dog Hunter. They camped and hiked together in the mountains of New Hampshire and on the beaches of Cape Cod.
Ryan is survived by his parents, Loesje and Michael Creeden of Sandwich; and sister Cerissa Creeden and future brother-in-law Brian Blaney of Mansfield. Ryan's older brother, Jesse Creeden, passed away in 1996. Ryan will now be reunited with Jesse.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2009, in the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, in Sandwich. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 324 Quaker Meeting House Road, in East Sandwich. Burial in the Sandwich Town Cemetery follows. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the New Scholarship Fund that has been set up by Ryan's friends. The Run for Ryan will become an annual event and will continue to support the scholarship fund. Details about the scholarship will be decided at a later date. Checks may be made payable to: Run For Ryan and sent to P.O. Box 522, Forestdale, MA 02644.