RYAN, Clare Frances (née Dignan)


Passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020 after a short illness.
Much loved wife of Maurice (dec). Cherished mother and mother in-law of Marita; Laurie and Anne; Des and Meredith; Leah and Gerard; Julian and Fleur.

Proud Nan to 17 grandchildren and Mama of 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Notice

Service: Thursday November 19, 2020

The Funeral of Mrs. Clare Frances Ryan will be live-streamed on Thursday, November 19, 2020 commencing at 11 a.m.

To view the live-stream, click here.


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  1. Our sincere and deep condolences to the loving family of Maurice and Clare Ryan. We are sorry for the loss of your mum, Clare. We are thinking of you all at this very sad time.
    Best wishes,

    Louise Ryan
    Daughter of Jim Ryan, brother of Maurice.
    On behalf of the Jim Ryan clan.

    Louise Ryan November 17 2020 10:36 am
  2. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ryan family. I always enjoyed a chat with Clare.
    Deepest sympathy. Mary Russell.

    Mary Russell November 17 2020 2:18 pm
  3. Our family extend our deepest sympathy to Clare and Maurice’s family also Clare sister Joan and brother-in-law Matt.
    Deepest sympathy
    Phillip and Anne (Ryan) Johnson
    On behalf of Dennis and Lyla Ryan’s Family

    Anne Johnson November 17 2020 6:00 pm
  4. Such a beautiful lady … it was a pleasure to know her. Deepest sympathy to all the Ryan family.

    Belinda Murnane November 17 2020 6:03 pm
  5. We are so very sad to hear of Aunty Clare’s passing – we always enjoyed our catch ups at family reunions and she was a caring and loving sister-in-law for our dad Jim when he was ill for many years. Please accept our sincere condolences and best wishes for the celebration of her life, as a loving wife, mother, grand-mother and great-grandmother to so many, on Thursday.

    Jacinta Ryan (Daughter of Jim Ryan)
    Jacinta, Mark, Clementine and Willow

    Jacinta Ryan November 17 2020 8:24 pm
  6. Deepest sympathy to Maurice and Clare’s family, our thoughts and love are with you all at this sad time.
    Also Clare’s sister Joan and brother-in-law Matt our prayers are with you both.

    Phillip and Anne (Ryan) Johnson
    on behalf of the late Dennis and Lyla Ryan and family.

    Anne Johnson November 18 2020 8:57 am
  7. Our deepest sympathies to Clare and Maurice’s family on the death of their much loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

    Dearly loved sister of Margaret and Bob (dec) Anderson and aunt of Helen, Peter, Robert, Paul, Lisa and families.

    Helen Kenna November 18 2020 9:00 am
  8. Marita, Laurie, Des, Leah, Julian and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of our beloved, Clare.

    Sister of Mary and Jack Conroy (both dec), Margaret and Bob (dec) Anderson, Jack and Chloris, Jim and Pat (both dec), Leo and Yvonne (dec), Joan and Matt Ryan, Frank and Mary (both dec), Pat and Bill Whytcross ( both dec), Ambrose, Elsie (dec) and Maree.

    Reunited with her Maurice.

    Helen Kenna November 18 2020 9:54 am
  9. Our prayers and thoughts to Clare’s family, fond memories of Coragulac days, when Clare’s cooking was the benchmark. I’ll treasure her recipe book more now.
    Tim, Helen and the Gibson family.

    Helen Gibson November 18 2020 12:41 pm
  10. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of your precious mother, grandmother and great grandmother Clare. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Dearly loved sister of John (Jack) and Chloris Dignan and aunt of Phillip, Colleen, Shane and Glenn and their families.

    Colleen Edwards November 18 2020 1:25 pm
  11. Heartfelt sympathy to all of Clare’s family.
    Will miss my ocassional chats with her-
    From Glenda and the Robb and Frith families

    Glenda Robb November 18 2020 5:05 pm
  12. Fond memories of Claire and love to all the Dignan family. Love Margaret & Lindsay xx

    Margaret & Lindsay Hulm November 18 2020 8:20 pm
  13. Our deepest sympathy to all for the loss of Clare. Our prayers, thoughts and love are with you all,
    Marguerite Lee and Leo Dignan xx

    Margie Lee November 18 2020 8:29 pm
  14. Our deepest sympathy to Clare’s-family also to her sister Joan and brother-in-law Matt.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

    Phillip and Anne (Ryan) Johnson
    On behalf of Dennis and Lyla Ryan’s family

    Anne Johnson November 18 2020 8:39 pm
  15. Our deepest sympathy to all of Clare’s family. We are saddened to hear of Clare’s death. I will miss our chats after church as we walked to our cars off on to another week filled with busyness. Loved hearing about her grandchildren of whom she was most proud and our beloved Cats. She was always kind in her appraisal of how they played. I so loved her gentleness and loving smile.
    Christine and Peter King and family

    Christine King November 18 2020 10:50 pm
  16. Much love to Leah, Gerard, Rosie, Darcy, Bridget and Dawson for the loss of your lovely Mum and Nan. We have fond memories of her cooking and passion for footy. Sending our caring thoughts to you all and all of Clare’s family grieving at this time.
    Love Lise, Rich, Ava and Joe Pierce xxx

    Lise Pierce November 19 2020 8:56 am
  17. To the Ryan and Dignan families,
    Thinking of you and you beloved Clare,
    another treasured link in our family’s
    chain, now resting in peace,
    loved and remembered.
    Kerry Stevens (Hamilton) and
    on behalf of our S.A. Family.

    Kerry Stevens November 19 2020 9:22 am
  18. Deepest Sympathy to Leah, Gerard & family,
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Clare was a wonderful , kind lady, she will be sadly missed.
    The Hester family
    Wool Wool

    Kenneth Hester November 19 2020 10:51 am
  19. Our love to you all with ongoing support from Margaret and Lisa. Clare gave great love to you and to us as Sister and Aunt. What a beautiful service. Much love always, Margaret and Lisa Anderson.

    Lisa Anderson November 19 2020 11:58 am
  20. My sympathy, thoughts and prayers to Clare’s family, siblings and friends at this time of loss. May Clare’s life continue to inspire us.
    May Clare know eternal peace and the fullness of God’s love and union with her loved ones, especially Maurice. I loved you both. I am sure they will continual to love us, though in a new way.
    Peace Marie O’Shea sgs niece

    Marie O'Shea sgs November 19 2020 12:06 pm
  21. To all of Clare’s family, our thoughts all with you all at this sad time. A lovely celebration of Clare’s life.
    Love to all
    Margaret (O’Shea) Laurie and all the O’Donnell Family

    Margaret O'Donnell November 19 2020 12:13 pm
  22. To Leah and Gerard, Rosie, Darcy, Bridget and Dawson thinking of you all at this sad time, my thoughts are with you all as well as Clare’s Family.

    Love Ray, Aidan, Liam and Ella

    Ray Barrow November 19 2020 12:19 pm
  23. All my love to Clare’s & Maurice’s family. How I will miss you Clare, our chats, your wonderful cooking & talking about Geelong FC.

    Kathryn Ryan (Joan & Matt’s daughter)

    Kathryn Ryan November 19 2020 6:19 pm
  24. Condolences to you all on the passing of Clare. We were friends from the football bus. I have many fond memories of talking about the Cats.

    Fiona Jellie November 22 2020 10:29 am
  25. So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother Leah and family.
    She was a lovely lady and she taught me so much during our sewing classes at St Brendans. She never had a cross word or a raised voice so patient and kind.
    Sleep peacefully Mrs Ryan.

    Bernadette Walters November 24 2020 5:32 pm
  26. My heartfelt sympathy to all Clare’s family. I was a neighbour for many years at Birregurra and when I moved into Colac I would often catch up with Clare and have a chat when we were out on our morning walks. Such a lovely, kind, caring lady.
    Bev Whelan

    Bev Whelan December 9 2020 9:50 pm
  27. Marita, Our deepest sympathy to you and your families on your mums passing. Your mum was a very gracious lady.
    Trish and Chris Parker

    Trish Parker December 11 2020 6:08 pm

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