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Ryan Brako

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July 26, 1951 – April 15, 2024

With heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of Ryan Joseph Brako (of Winnipeg, MB), a beloved soul whose presence graced the lives of many. Ryan departed from this world on April 15, 2024, surrounded by the warmth of his cherished friends and family, leaving behind a legacy of love and enduring memories.

Born on July 26, 1951, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ryan was the eldest child of Joseph and Signe Brako (nee Halvarson). From his earliest days, Ryan exuded a quiet strength and stoic demeanor, embodying reliability and dependability for his family and friends alike. Graduating with an honours degree of Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Manitoba in 1973 and Bachelor of Education in 1976, Ryan had a love for everything related to nature and he shared this passion with his students and those around him.  He could name every organism we would point out to him, and would even know the Latin origin name of the organism. Ryan was a teacher in the Transcona and later Transcona-Springfield School Division for 30 years, educating students in science, outdoor education, and math. 

Ryan is survived by his wife Barb, two children Tanis (Sam) and Derik, two grandchildren Avery and Luc, sisters Joanne (Dave), Ron (Janet), Sherilyn (Cam), mother-in-law Beverly Routley and many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.  Ryan is pre-deceased by his father Joe, mother Signe, and father-in-law Keith Routley.

Ryan and Barb met in 1971 in Grand Beach, MB, and married in 1972 in Winnipeg, MB at the young age of 21.  They pursued their university educations together, traveled to Europe, bought their first home in Winnipeg and cottage on Lake of the Woods, and started each of their teaching careers before their first child was born in 1979.  Married for over 51 years, Ryan and Barb are a true testament of lifelong partners, raising their children in a loving home and providing a unique environment where they spent all of July and August at the cottage.  Travel was an early bond between Ryan and Barb that they shared with their children taking turns every other Christmas break to drive to Weslaco, Texas to visit Barb’s snowbird parents, and to Edmonton, AB to visit Ryan’s sisters.  One summer Ryan and Barb took a rare two-week hiatus from the cottage and took the kids to the Rocky Mountains, exploring Banff, Canmore, Jasper, the glaciers, and Drumheller.

Ryan had an active lifestyle, curling during his teens and into adulthood, teaching outdoor education that involved taking student groups on multi-day hiking expeditions, portaging in the Whiteshell, spending time at his parents' cottage on Wallace Lake, his in-laws on Clearwater Bay and later his cottage on Leisure Island, he was in his element in the outdoors.  Ryan also enjoyed time with family and friends, celebrating Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and on outings with the famous “theatre group” monthly to the Manitoba Theatre Centre.  After his retirement, Ryan and Barb also became snowbirds, spending winters in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and more recently in Los Ayala, Mexico, and summers at the cottage.  Ryan and Barb even returned to Europe in 2019, a dream realized that they had since they visited in their 20s.

Though Ryan's earthly journey has come to an end, his spirit lives on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. His legacy of love, laughter, and boundless curiosity will continue to inspire all who were touched by his gentle presence.

In this time of mourning, may we find solace in the knowledge that Ryan lived a life rich in love and adventure, leaving behind a tapestry of memories that will be cherished for generations to come. Rest peacefully, dear Ryan, knowing that your legacy of kindness and generosity will endure eternally.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada | Home .

A private celebration of life will be held.  At the request of Ryan Brako, no service will be held.

Ryan’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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Brenda Zebrynski

May 14, 2024 at 7:17 PM

Barb, I am so very sorry for your loss of your wonderful husband Ryan. I extend my sympathies to you, Tanis, Derik, your grandchildren and your extended families. May your many memories bring you some comfort.


May 9, 2024 at 7:58 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending deepest of sympathies to Derik, Barb and family.

Deanna and Bob Burton

May 9, 2024 at 7:58 PM

I taught with Ryan for many years and  we were friends outside of work.  Ryan was a quiet, thoughtful person unless you touched on a favourite topic and then he could "hold forth".  Goodbye old friend. 


May 9, 2024 at 7:58 PM

Deepest Sympathy to Barb and all the family🙏❤️


May 9, 2024 at 7:57 PM

My deepest sympathies to you Barb and your family. I am glad I had the pleasure of spending time with you both in Mexico and briefly getting to know Ryan. It was easy to see what a nice person he was.

Elizabeth Gage

May 9, 2024 at 7:56 PM

Dear Barb, and family, what a lovely tribute written in honour of Ryan. What a life he lived! My sincere condolences on your loss. Sending love.


May 9, 2024 at 7:56 PM

Barb, Tanis and Derik my deepest sympathies go out to you and the entire family.   We spent many great winters in Fort Myers together and I cherish our time there.  This was just one of the many happy hours we attended.  May you find peace in your memories. 

Carol Townsley

May 9, 2024 at 7:55 PM

Thinking of Barb and family during this difficult time. Ryan leaves behind a legacy of love, learning and the lake. My thoughts are with you all.

Jo Jo (Janis)

May 9, 2024 at 7:54 PM

I met Ryan and Barb some 45 yrs ago when introduced to the Routley family. As years fly by, Barb and Ryan were welcoming and always made me feel like I was part of the family. I will cherish the chats Ryan and I had on the deck overlooking Lake of the Woods. My condolences to you Barb and family. Never hesitate to call or say hi when you are in my "neck of the woods".

The obituary is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your husband, brother, uncle and friend.🧡

Stephanie and Paul Swan

May 9, 2024 at 7:54 PM

Heartfelt condolences to you and your family for Ryan's passing and all the attendant feelings of loss and grief.  What a beautiful tribute paid to his life and contribution to so many.

Bob and Donna Keating

May 9, 2024 at 7:53 PM

So very sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing.  We send our love to Barb, Tanis and Derik.  

fr Elaine Pelley.

May 9, 2024 at 7:51 PM

My heartfelt condolences, Barb to you and your family. What a giving and adventurous man. May warm memories provide comfort in time


May 9, 2024 at 7:50 PM

What a wonderful tribute to his life!

Cindy and Rip

May 9, 2024 at 7:50 PM

Our heartfelt love and prayers to you... Barb, Tanis, and Derik during this time of sorrow.   May God hold you in His healing He is holding Ryan in His loving arms...til we all are together again.

Our sincere love.

Mark (Barb's brother) and Wilma

May 9, 2024 at 7:49 PM

Ryan would always say "well I'm doing about as good as I can do." He was Mr. Cool at the lake, and everywhere, and so laid back. He was always offering you a drink etc. I'm just so glad that he got to see the brand new cabin and the new RV in Florida (photos). It was great to spend March with him in Mexico. I'm just so glad we got to spend quality years together at the lake, in Florida and Mexico. We love you, Ryan.

Liz and Ron

May 9, 2024 at 7:48 PM

So lovely to have spent time with Ryan, and Barb at Leisure Island. Ryan will be missed. Take care, Barb, Tannis and Derik. So sorry for your loss. See you this summer at the lake.

Kim Olson Vincent

May 9, 2024 at 7:47 PM

I’m thinking of you Barb and your family at this difficult time. Cherish the fond memories of your time together❣️ 

the Washington Routley/Dyments…

May 9, 2024 at 7:46 PM

I met Ryan in 1972 when the Routley clan admitted me into their circle that Summer. A great and kind cousin who I admire to this day. Deepest sympathies to Barb and kids and know that Ryan will be by your side in spirit for a long time.

Ann Headley

May 9, 2024 at 7:46 PM

Barb, so sorry for your loss, try to remember all the good times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 

Patti Burton

May 9, 2024 at 7:46 PM

I was fortunate to meet Barb and Ryan in Florida. I have so many great memories watching tennis with Ryan and listening to his great wealth of knowledge. He will be missed. My sincere condolences, Barb, Tannis, Derik and family.

Beryl and Herby.❤️

May 9, 2024 at 7:39 PM

What a wonderful testament to the life that Ryan led.  He was such a special man and will be sorely missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.  We send our deepest condolences to Barb, Tanis, Derik, and family.  RIP dear Ryan.

Aunt Glenna

May 9, 2024 at 7:39 PM

Barb and family:

With sincere sympathy and gratitude for a life so well lived.

Happy memories!

Rip Rippe

May 9, 2024 at 7:33 PM

Barb and family,

A wonderful tribute to Ryan. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. I understand all too well how difficult this is.

Susan and Mike Quinn

May 9, 2024 at 7:33 PM

Such a beautiful tribute to a man who touched so many lives and was so loved and respected by his family and friends. To Barb and family , Mike and I send our heartfelt condolences. Wishing you strength to get through this very difficult time. May the wonderful memories you made together throughout all the adventures and challenges sustain you and eventually bring peace. Sending love,.

Marnie Ives

May 9, 2024 at 7:32 PM

My deepest condolences to you Barb and your family on the loss of Ryan, husband, father, and grandfather.  What a beautiful tribute!

Alice and Karel

May 9, 2024 at 7:31 PM

Sincere condolences to you Barb and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.

Joanne and Gerry

May 9, 2024 at 7:31 PM

We were fortunate to have fond memories of Ryan. We remember his smile and laughter.

He will be missed.

Lori Cariou

May 9, 2024 at 7:30 PM

My sincere condolences to you Barb, your children and to Ryan's siblings Joanne and Ron. I remember Ryan as a friendly guy who loved to share stories about adventures with students. He will be missed.


May 9, 2024 at 7:30 PM

Our sincerest condolences to all of the Brako families.

Lyle and I will have thinking of you and Ronnie in the upcoming weeks Joanne as you deal with the loss of your loved brother. We know how much you cherished and respected him.

So happy you all managed to spend quality time together on your winter vacations.

Viva Les memories 💕

Mike Thompson

May 9, 2024 at 7:29 PM

Dear Barb , Tannis and Derik:

I am filled with terrific memories of the friendship I enjoyed with your Dad and Husband. So much fun especially at the cottage fixing docks, building the storage shed and much more.

I am sorry for your loss.

Kurt Fischer

May 9, 2024 at 7:21 PM

Mr. Brako was my biology teacher at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate in the late 80s.  Condolences to his family and friends.

Shirley and Ken McKenzie

May 9, 2024 at 7:20 PM

Barb,and Tanis and Derek, Ken and I were so shocked and saddened to hear of your dear husband, Ryan’s passing. We both remember fun times we had at your place in Florida and of course your cottage and ours at the lake. His obituary was wonderfully written and gave us another glimpse of the very special impact Ryan had on so many others he was involved with. We look forward to seeing you soon. In the meantime please take care of yourself and hoping by  remembering your many cherished memories  you have had with Ryan and your family times together  will continue to give you some needed strength at this very difficult time.

Wes and Sue

May 9, 2024 at 7:20 PM

Our Condolences to the Brako family!Always enjoyed our time with Ryan.He will be missed.

Sharon and Scott Johnston

May 9, 2024 at 7:20 PM

Our deepest condolences to you Barb, Tanis and Derik on the loss of your husband and father.  The Brakos's were our neighbours when they lived in Windsor Park.  We were shocked and sad to have read the obituary in the paper this morning, beautifully written and a lovely tribute to Ryan.  Rest in Peace Ryan, you were a lovely person and a great family man.  


May 9, 2024 at 6:53 PM

Ryan’s cottage that was rebuilt in 2021-22. Some of his ashes will be spread on his property. His happy place.

Gino and Sherry

May 9, 2024 at 6:38 PM

What a beautiful testament about Ryan. He had a wonderful life in a short period of time. Both Gino and I taught with Ryan and enjoyed the times we had together. . We are with you and your family in thought and prayer.


May 9, 2024 at 6:36 PM

Below are pictures of our original cottage bought in 1976  a fire took it away in 2020..

Kathy and Gary Gerylo

May 9, 2024 at 6:22 PM

Barb:  We were both so sad to hear about Ryan's passing. We have such great memories of spending time with you so long ago, when Gary started teaching at Murdock.  I especially remember a conversation we had where we said we probably weren't going to have children, and just wanted to travel.  You both said in your wisdom....travelling is great, but then you will wonder whether there is more to life, and that's when we had kids. You were so right.  I know we haven't seen you for a very long time but we hear about your adventures through Judy and we were always happy to hear your life was full of family, friends and travel.    Rest in Peace, Ryan.    Barb gentle with yourself.

Bob, Wendy & Rob McLeary

May 9, 2024 at 6:22 PM

Barb, Tanis, Derik and all the family,

We want to send our heartfelt condolences to you and the family during this very sad time.  We know that Ryan has joined his heavenly family and are comforted to know that they were there to welcome him on his spiritual journey.. He was such a knowledgeable and entertaining person to talk to, whether you just met him, or were friends for many years. His, calm, patient and friendly personality had an influence on all his family, friends and especially his students..


May 9, 2024 at 6:21 PM

Brako family

Cheryl, Tree and Jayden

May 9, 2024 at 6:12 PM

Barb, Tanis, Avery, Luc, and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. We have wonderful memories from the many weekends you so generously hosted us at your cabin. Ryan was always so thoughtful, knowledgeable and kind. Sending you all love and hugs,

Barry and Sandy Briscoe

May 9, 2024 at 6:07 PM

Barry and I were so sad to read of Ryan's death.  It doesn't seem like so many years ago that we spent the summer working on the La Martre River in NWT!  We remember the fun times we had together when the kids were little and your trip to Edmonton to visit us.  Ryan was always so gentle, kind and welcoming with a great, quiet sense of humour.  Please accept our deepest condolences Barb, Tanis and Derik. 

Louise & Robert ❤️

May 9, 2024 at 6:05 PM

Robert and I were with Ryan and Barb in Mexico for three months and left a few days before his health gave up on him.  We still are in shock to have lost a dear friend!

Louise and Eric

May 9, 2024 at 5:58 PM

Eric and I were so sorry to hear about Ryan’s death. He was such an enjoyable person to be with. He was so kind and easy going.

What a beautiful tribute to Ryan’s life the obituary is, he had so many accomplishments we were unaware of.

Our prayers are with you and your family for comfort and consolation.

Wendy and Jim

May 9, 2024 at 5:54 PM

Barb, so many wonderful memories to keep close. I will always have a smile on my face whenever I think of Ryan. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do…

Mark, Esme, Hazel and Fletcher

May 9, 2024 at 5:51 PM

Our family was so sad to hear of Ryan's passing.  We will miss seeing him on the dock at the lake, waving at the kids when we drove by in the boat.  Our hearts go out to the entire Brako family.

Kathy and Don

May 9, 2024 at 5:48 PM

What an amazing life, lived to the fullest and rich with family and friends. So sorry for your loss and wishing you strength in the days ahead..

Judy Kyliuk

May 9, 2024 at 5:48 PM

Barb and family,  I was so sorry to hear of Ryan's sudden passing. All the wonderful memories you have enjoyed together represents a life well lived.  Ryan's gentle nature, love of nature and of travel shines brightly. It has been lovely to see all the tributes and pictures your family and friends have sent in. Thinking of you, sending you hugs and see you soon.


May 9, 2024 at 5:41 PM

I am so sorry for your loss Barb.  My deepest sympathies go to you and your whole family.

I appreciated reading the tribute and getting to know more about Ryan and the special person he was.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.  See you soon.

Ryan & Mona Bartmanovich

May 9, 2024 at 5:41 PM

Ryan & I send our deepest condolences to you & your family, on the passing of Ryan. ❤️

Nancy and Pete Gibson

May 9, 2024 at 5:12 PM

Pete and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. We enjoyed the Christmas parties you invited us to even though we are not Canadians. Prayers are with you at this sad time.

Marie and Paul Buisson

May 9, 2024 at 5:11 PM

Barb we were so sorry to hear about Ryan’s sudden passing.  Our heart goes out to you and your family.  So many years have passed since you and I taught together, and Paul and Ryan as well.  Remember those staff parties.  The obituary depicts so well the special husband,father Ryan was.  Thinking of you.  God Bless. 


May 9, 2024 at 4:14 PM

In the obituary we forgot to put that Ryan and I went on 3 different cruises from Florida and a bus tour to New Orleans with our park. We loved to travel!

David and Margot Smith

May 9, 2024 at 4:13 PM

Cousin Barb

Margot and I (David) are so sorry to hear of your loss.  We only met Ryan a few time but felt his warmth . Our hearts go out to you in this most difficult time.


May 9, 2024 at 4:00 PM

So sorry for your loss.    Mr Brako was my bio 200 teacher 1982.   Morning of exam I became I'll.   My mom wouldn't let me go to school and called in.    At 11am  I called and spoke with Ryan and asked if I could still write.   Told him I felt better.   I lied.   I got there.   Sat down.   Wrote my name and had to leave.    Later that nite I was in the hospital having my appendix removed.       He still gave me a passing grade.    One of the best teachers I had ever!

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