Proud moment for dedicated volunteer in his 90s, being named Assembly Knight of the Year
THE WESTERN STAR
STEPHENVILLE, N.L. – Martin Ryan was humbled to recently be named Knight of the Year for Our Lady of Perpetual Assembly 1653 for 2018-19.
The award recognizes outstanding service, loyalty and devotion.
Ryan certainly fit all those categories, especially since this year marks 65 years since he enrolled in the organization, back in 1954.
It’s the second time he has received the award with the assembly. To his memory, he was also named at least several times as Knight of the Year with Our Lady of Perpetual Help Council 3742.
While he was never navigator with the 4th Degree Assembly, he has served as warden, captain, treasurer and in other roles. Just two years ago he served as captain.
Ryan continues to attend all the meetings of the assembly and the council. He said during all those years the camaraderie has been perfect.
“I never had no trouble. You can make your own troubles, I guess,” he commented.
Up to two years ago, Ryan was still delivering “meals on wheels,” to his last client Trixie Hynes, who just turned 104. He gave it up when he turned 90.
He still drives and has plans to go with his lady acquaintance, Pearl LeCour, to the 90th birthday of his brother Pius, in Placentia this September. The trip will be broken up into two days each way.
The father of 10 children feels it's important to keep active and he certainly was when most of the family returned home a month ago.
He said he will be a knight until he dies.