Ryan Geoffrey Burch

Ryan Geoffrey Burch

June 29, 1972 – August 26, 2013

Ryan Geoffrey Burch, 41, of Salt Spring Island, B.C. died suddenly on Monday, August 26 in a tragic logging accident at Lake Cowichan. Born in Vancouver on June 29, 1972, the family moved to Salt Spring Island in 1981. In 2002, Ryan married Chelsea Byron.

Predeceased by his cousin Adam in 2001 and his father Ron in 2002, he is survived by his loving wife Chelsea and their four children, Isaac, Garrett, Mackenzie and Heidi; his mother Judy; his sister Suzanne (Andrew) and children Austin and Colton; Uncle Brian (Trish); Auntie Debbie (Ray); cousins Melanie (Dean) and children Hailey, Nicola and Matthew; Leana and daughter Makenna; and Dustin (Stephanie); inlaws Jill and Ken Byron; sisters and brothers-in-law Nicola (Bruce) and children Ryen and Kate; Josh (Leah) and children Jaidyn and Sevannah; Justin (Dana) and daughter Thea; Regan; Jeremy (Erica); and Bob (Alice); as well as his many, many friends.

Ryan was humble, modest, hardworking and strong, but what best describes him is how well he was loved. With his quiet, disarming manner he charmed everyone he met. He was so genuine.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 6 at 1:00 at the Community Gospel Church, 147 Vesuvius Bay Road, followed by a reception at the Farmers’ Institute (351 Rainbow Road) from 2:00 to 5:00.

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