Michael Lawrence Ryan left his home in Winooski on Friday, March 14, 2014 to be with Jesus. Michael was 56. He was born July 6, 1957 to James L. and Gloria (Beaudoin) Ryan. Michael attended schools in Winooski and Burlington and served as an Altar Boy at area churches. Michael proudly served in the U.S. Army in Mannheim, Germany before returning home to begin his career in health care. Michael’s career started as a nursing assistant at the Burlington Convalescent Center before graduating from the Fanny Allen School of Practical Nursing. Upon graduation, he continued working at other elder care homes in the Burlington area until moving to Arizona with his best friend, Rusty Collins. In Arizona, Michael was proudly chosen as the first L.P.N. to be hired to work in the emergency room and he took great pride in his abilities as an ER and Triage Nurse. Michael’s compassion, warm personality and his great love of people made him an excellent nurse. He was constantly sought out for his professional knowledge and experience and he was very much respected, well liked and appreciated by his peers. Unfortunately, soon after, Michael became disabled and returned to Vermont. Michael was a favorite uncle to his numerous nieces and nephews of whom he was a mentor and confidante. They always knew he would give them refuge and good advice during their turbulent teen years. Michael leaves behind his longtime companion and best friend Rusty Collins, four brothers and their wives, David Ryan of Missouri, Dennis and Cai Ryan of Arizona, James & Cat Ryan of Grafenwoehr, Germany and Dan & Lisa Holcomb of Vermont. Five sisters & husbands, Patricia & Jack Hamilton of Florida, Kathleen & Walter Warner of Maine, Eileen & James Kraus of Missouri, Gloria & Howard Mansfield and Rebecca & Bryon Capron of Vermont. Michael was predeceased by his parents, one nephew James “Jaime” M. Ryan and his beloved dog, Sandy, & his Baby and Buddy birds. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, 228 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401. Friends & family may join us for a Wake at the V.F.W. Howard Plant Post at 176 S. Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont on Friday March 21, 2014 from 6PM to 9PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 24th at St. Francis Xavier Church, 3 St. Peter Street, Winooski, Vermont at 11:00AM. Interment will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.