Ryan, 35, passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2016. Born in Burlington, Vermont on December 3, 1980, he was the son of Diane Many and Rick Lincoln.
Ryan was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend. He graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1998, North Mount Herman (post graduate school) in 1999 and St Lawrence University in 2004. Ryan loved to travel and experience other cultures. He spent time living in Trinidad for a semester during college for speech, theatre and global studies, as well as a semester in Thailand teaching English to children. Ryan worked several jobs during his career and fostered long lasting friendships with each experience. Most recently he was a bartender at the Vermont Comedy Club and a tour guide for Whistle Pig Whiskey, but the Windjammer Restaurant was his home. His many jobs included being a server, manager, bartender, jokester and friend. He added heart, positive energy and grew to know many, creating long lasting friendships with both co-workers and customers.
Ryan was charismatic and charming. He had a way of making everyone feel special with his positive energy and genuine love for everyone. If Ryan knew someone, they were his family and he was that guy who always offered to help.
Ryan enjoyed music, from creating it with his close buddies, to performing and DJing events. He enjoyed running, working out, playing golf with his step dad, basketball, bowling and going to football games with his father, playing music and snowboarding with his brother, and hanging out with his sister and nephews.
Ryan is survived by his parents, Diane and Darrell Many of Whiting and Rick and Michelle Lincoln of Colchester, his sister Kristy Many and partner Kyle Lafountain, his brother Ross Lincoln, nephews Austin Morin and Jonah LaFountain, niece Faith Scarborough, grandparents Yvette Blair, Shirley Trombley and Robert Many, aunts Louise Morin and Patty Lincoln, uncle Todd Ploof, and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Danielle Morin in 2011.
Ryan left an amazing footprint on all of our hearts. We will remember his beautiful smile, his positive energy and the zest he had to live life to the fullest. Celebrate the memories and remember him as your friend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ryan’s memory to Camp Dudley and Kiniya, 137 Kiniya Road, Colchester, VT 05446. All who knew him are invited to a Memory Gathering at The Windjammer Restaurant in South Burlington on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. where the Windjammer will be serving Ryan’s favorite meal of lasagna, salad and brownies provided by Camp Dudley and Kiniya and a toast of Ryan’s favorite brew provided by Whistle Pig Brewery. Following will be a Celebration of Life to include a collaboration of Ryan’s love of music held at the American Legion, 3650 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, Vermont from 4 to 8 p.m.
Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. To send online condolences to the family please visit readyfuneral.com.