Gillis Family: Ducks Fan Forever Remembered

The Gillis Family(From Left to Right): Ryan Dale Gillis - John Gillis - Sandi Gillis - Diana Gillis

The Gillis Family(From Left to Right): Ryan Dale Gillis – John Gillis – Sandi Gillis – Diana Gillis

By Michael Walters

Have you or someone you knew ever gone in for a routine surgery and never came out of it? This is the story of Ryan Dale Gillis.

On Friday June 19th, Ryan went in to have his wisdom teeth extracted. Sadly Ryan passed away in a strange accident from the surgery.

Ryan was known for helping many others outside his immediate family. Ryan was a big brother to a lot more kids not just his sister Sandi. Ryan shared his mom and dad with about 15 other boys and girls. He was just a young man when he felt the need to start fostering children. Ryan’s parents went through months and months of training to become Foster Parents to mostly children that were effected by drugs in their life.

According to Ryan’s father John, “Ryan had no training and he opened up his home and that huge heart of his and took on that role as big brother like a champ. I was and am so proud of that kid and man that he became. I don’t know much but I do know that he positively affected the lives of much less fortunate children. This was no easy task for a young boy of about 9.”

Gillis Family Puck at the Ducks Team Store

Gillis Family Puck at the Ducks Team Store

Ryan loved Paul Kariya. His father John coached his hockey teams and one of the coaches asked him his name when he was around 5 and he told them “Paul” referring to Paul Kariya. He loved playing hockey with his cousins Ryan and Kevin Spring. He also like the NJ Devils as an eastern conference team. The family has a puck in the team store that says Gillis Family – Fans since 93 John, Diana, Ryan & Sandi. John said, “He(Ryan) had a heart of gold and I am just so lost, its been a hurricane of emotions for the Family.”

The family had planned to go to the NHL awards show this past week, but instead understandably stayed home. Instead their family friend Trasi Starr went with the Kings Die Hards. They made ribbons to honor Ryan and were able to get one ribbon to Ryan Getzlaf at the award show.

Ryan Getzlaf gets a ribbon at the NHL Awards

Ryan Getzlaf gets a ribbon at the NHL Awards

The family is requesting you save the image below and use it in your social media profile(s) to help keep their son’s memory. If you are having difficulties getting the image to fit, then you can email me directly at mikewalters@ducksnpucks.com. I have variations of it.

If you would like to donate flowers for Ryan, then go here: Flowers For Ryan #4Ryan

Thoughts and prayers to the Gillis family.

Ribbon made for Ryan Gillis

Ribbon made for Ryan Dale Gillis

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