WILMINGTON, MA — Ryan Mary Giroux, age 27, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on November 12, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Ryan was born on October 22, 1990, in Lawrence, MA, she was the cherished daughter of Mary A. (Winnett) Giroux and Edward T. Giroux of Wilmington. Ryan was raised in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Elementary Schools; she went on to Shawsheen Technical High School and graduated with the Class of 2009. Ryan furthered her education by earning her Medical Certificate from Lincoln Tech and took classes at Middlesex Community College in Bedford.
Throughout her life, Ryan, was quite an athlete; she was always involved in Wilmington Recreation Sports playing basketball, field hockey and soccer. As a youngster, Ryan, even played Pop Warner Football with her brother Nolan on the “D” Team and Youth Hockey U15 & U19 Divisions where she was a natural. When Ryan got into High School she played Lacrosse and was on the first ever all girls ice hockey team at Shawsheen Tech; there wasn’t any sport she couldn’t excel at.
Following her graduation from High School, Ryan, joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard; she was accepted into the program in February of 2010 and was still an active member of the Guard at the time of her death. Ryan belonged to E Company, 3-126 Aviation where she was a Supply Specialist at Camp Edwards in Bourne, MA. Ryan loved the comradery she had with her fellow soldiers, she would always go the extra mile to help one in need and she was proud to stand up and serve her country. She was a great soldier.
Ryan always had a passion for the medical field; during High School she took a position at Woodbriar Nursing Home in Wilmington where she worked closely with the patients. Ryan genuinely cared about helping others and she was amazing with her care of the patients. Ryan had an endearing personality and people were drawn to her, for the last several years she worked for Advanced Eye Care in Lowell; Ryan had a special ability of relating to all patients young or old and she could always connect with them on some level and make them feel comfortable. Most recently, Ryan, was about to start a new chapter in her career at Lahey Clinic in Burlington where the staff was excited to have her come aboard; Ryan would have definitely made a difference with the patients at Lahey.
Ryan was fun loving and had such an outgoing personality; she made friends wherever she went. Ryan also knew how to have fun whether it was just “hanging out” with family and friends, or her dog Daisy, going to sing Karaoke, or sitting by the fire pit pretending to be a “Country Girl”. Everyone who was with Ryan always had a great time and were continuously laughing.
Ryan will be fondly remembered for her love of hats; which she wore from the time she could get one on herself and over the years she had amassed quite a collection. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and with all her heart. Ryan never spent a day since October of 2013 where she didn’t desperately miss her brother and best friend, Josh.
Ryan was a beautiful person inside and out; she had an infectious smile and the most beautiful blue eyes that won everyone over. Ryan was proud of her “Irish Heritage” and her duties as a soldier; she was loyal, friendly, and kind to everyone she met. Ryan will be forever missed and always loved by her family, friends, patients, and fellow soldiers.
Ryan was the cherished daughter of Mary A. (Winnett) Giroux and Edward T. Giroux, loving sister of Devin, Nolan and the late Joshua Giroux, all of Wilmington, beloved granddaughter of Howard T. and Jeanne M. Giroux of Wilmington and the late William H. and Maureen P. Winnett of Falmouth, formerly of Wilmington, dear niece of Michele Higgs, Robin Halpin, Lisa Bozzella, John Giroux and the late Kevin Giroux, Chris Briggs, William Winnett, Jr., James Winnett, Peggy Welch, Paul Winnett, Fran Winnett and Beth Lawrenson. Ryan is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, her beloved dog Daisy as well as her fellow Soldiers.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, November 16th from 3-8 p.m.
Memorial donations in Ryan’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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