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Ryan J. Charland
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Laconia----Ryan J. Charland, 37, of 91 Chapin Terrace, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Thursday, March 19, 2009. For seven years, he spent the winter months in Colorado and returning to Portsmouth, N.H. each spring.

Ryan was born December 8, 1971 in Laconia, N. H., the son of Joseph R. and Patricia E. (Morin) Charland. He was raised in Laconia and attended the local schools. He was a member of the Laconia Little League and was a member of the 1983 and 1984 All-Star Teams that played in the State Finals.

Ryan graduated from Laconia High School with highest honors in 1990 and graduated magnum cum laude from the University of New Hampshire, Durham in 1994. While at L.H.S., Ryan was a member of the basketball and golf teams and was a member of the 1990 State Championship Baseball Team.
Ryan was a software engineer and had formerly worked for Spring Tide Networks of Maynard, Mass. as well as for Cabletron.

Ryan loved snowboarding in Colorado and had climbed all forty-eight of the 4000’ Peaks in the Presidential Range. He enjoyed playing his guitar and playing chess.

Ryan was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. He was a very kind person and was generous and caring with his family and friends. He had a very quiet demeanor “his actions spoke more than his words.”

Ryan is survived by his father and stepmother, Joseph “Red” and Jane Charland, of Laconia; his mother, Patty (Morin) Charland, also of Laconia; his brother, Grady N. Charland, of Alexandria, N.H.; his nephew, Griffin Charland, of Alexandria; his maternal grandparents, Gerard Morin of Florida and Marjorie (Lord) Morin of Laconia and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He loved his two dogs, “Bella” and “Maxx”. Ryan was predeceased by his brother, Jason C. Charland, in 1988.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 10:00AM at St. Joseph church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N. H. by Rev. Gary Kosmowski, Pastor of the Church.

Burial will be later in the spring in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Place West, Sixth Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is in charge of the arrangements.

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