ForeverMissed
Welcome! We are here to celebrate the life of
Ryan "The Ryan Dude, Rydie Guy, Ry Bread, Rambo, Uncle Ryan, Bearpaws, Bearclaw" Barraclough.
No matter how you knew him, please take some time on these pages and look around. We encourage you to share your own photos, videos, music and memories. Such a dynamic person takes all of us to tell his story.



For those who were unable to attend, a recording of the Funeral Mass has been uploaded to this site. Go to GALLERY > VIDEO. It is divided into six parts, each running approximately 9-15 minutes (1hr 18 mins total).

Thank you all who were able to join us
Friday evening February 19, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Mount Laurel Home for Funerals
212 Ark Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
A private church service was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace for the family on Saturday, February 20, 2021.





We kindly decline any gifts of flowers. However, if you wish to make a contribution in honor of Ryan, we have chosen two charities we believe he would have liked to support.

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital focuses its resources specifically on the research, prevention, and treatment of pediatric cancers, and they have helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from 20% to 80%.
  • The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. They are locally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP).


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Posted by Glenn Basham on February 25, 2021
Ryan - You were a gentle, kind soul. You were always a very laid back, easy going, soft spoken, creative and helpful person. You were Mister Fixit and you were always fixing things around our house. You were a very creative artist who loved to draw and play guitar. Even after you lost your arm, you managed to learn how to play the guitar all over again, using only one hand. Considering that I am a guitar player as well, I was very impressed by that! If I were in the same situation, I probably would have given up, but you didn't give up. You were determined. There was a child within you too and you loved playing with all our grandchildren and they loved playing with you. You loved our daughter Melody very much and you made sure she knew it. You made an impact on all our lives. You will never be forgotten.
Posted by Jacqueline Hunter on February 23, 2021
Ryan will surely be missed by everyone who knew him. I've known Ryan Since he was a kid we grew up together. He was my brother Scotties friend and he always made us laugh. I'm gonna miss all the talks we had about life. He had lived life always with a smile on his face or on his skateboard. He had such a good heart. Taken way too soon. I will miss talking to him. R.I.P Ry Guy.
Posted by Scott Hunter on February 16, 2021
Ryan was my first friend that I can remember in life at around 5years old. I spent more time at his house then my own and so did most of the neighborhood kids. The whole barroclough family was like an extension of everybody’s family. I’ll forever be grateful of the time i got to spend with Ryan. We used to do all kinds of crazy things like build fake amusements parks in the backyard or build half pipe ramps out of rotten wood so we could train for the xgames on our hand me down roller blades that had missing wheels. In those days we didn’t care we were just having fun. I’ll remember Ryan as being one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Honestly thinking back I can’t remember a time Ryan was in a fight or even got mad at somebody. You’ll be missed forever buddy RIP
Posted by Alex Thomas on February 16, 2021
I knew Ryan all of my adolescent and a few teen years. He grew up around the crew and yet some how excelled all of our nonsense that constantly got us into trouble. He somehow was wiser even at a young age, to learn from our mistakes. One of my and 'the crew's most favorite memory was a song he would sing about his sister Katy, me and most of the gang would fondly reminisce of his jovial satire in the many years following. It truly makes sad and shocked to hear of his passing. He was a good kid, plain and simple, in all the way you could be. It always helps to remind each other that death, is actually part of life, you the final part. Prayers be with the family, his friends and loved ones.
Posted by Gary Herring on February 15, 2021
I've known the family and Ryan almost my whole life. His brother George and I grew up together since we were little. Ryan was always like that little brother when we grew up me George an the (crew) lol always had his back as a friend and family. For awhile I didn't see Ryan only because we were getting older and starting families, then I heard about what he was going through with his arm an reached out to him to show my love. There was more talk since and then I found out he's flying high with the angel's, I was upset but then realized and remembered the good times and that he is pain free. Sending my love to Ryan, his whole family, extended family, and Mel.
Posted by Melody Basham on February 15, 2021
I really wanted to write something on here but I’m having a hard time finding the words to express how deeply and truly amazing Ryan was to me. Words just cannot describe it. His creativity is unmatched. His journey with one arm over the last few years was beyond inspiring. The thought and time and care he put into every last breath of his life blew me away. Just simply put, he was a gem. My favorite human. Best of the best. He was and will be a part of me forever. Our love was the realist most beautiful thing that has ever happened to me in my 32 years on this earth. Ryan showed me what it really feels like to be one hundred percent appreciated and cared about NO MATTER WHAT. I finally found someone I could be completely myself with which I had lost a long long time ago. He made me feel safe and home no matter what obstacle we were hit with or where we were staying. His sister, Melissa said something to me today I hope I can remember and hold on to when I’m feeling down on myself “He is your biggest fan.” He was and I am his. We were supposed to spend the rest of our lives together but I guess I just got the blessing to spend the rest of his life with him.

It hurts more than anything to wake up without you here Ryan. It hurts to think about my life without you now that you are gone. Such unimaginable pain that could only exist because of the most incredible love and life we shared while you were here with me. I will carry you with me for the rest of my life. Please guide me to make the right decisions and to help show me my purpose for still being here without you. I love you Baby. ❤️
Posted by Susanne Basham on February 11, 2021
  Ryan Christopher Barraclough - such a sweet, caring, unassuming young man with a very big heart. I love you. You are my third son, my almost son-in-law. Since the day you entered our daughter's life, you were family. I could always just feel how you loved your family, so I knew you were safe for mine.
  You were Uncle Ryan to my grandkids the moment they met you. They were happier to see you more than anyone else. They knew you would soon be playing with them, helping them out. You loved their toys as much as they did!
  You were always ready to give me a hand, be it in the garden, the yard, or Mr. Fixit around the house. Our front steps have hung in there much longer than they should have thanks to your handywork. You have forever ruined pork roll for me as I will never, ever be able to buy it or eat it without crying. I hope you enjoyed every last one of your Christmas Cowtails!
  There are so many memories. But most of all, Ryan, you loved my daughter and she knew it. You made her know it. You made her smile. You made her laugh. You drove her crazy. And I will be forever grateful. I am heartbroken that you are gone from us. I promise to honor you by helping Melody through her devastating loss of you, her love. But you, Ryan Christopher Barraclough, will never be forgotten. With All My Love. XOXOXO
  
Posted by Wendy Barraclough on February 11, 2021
I was blessed with the honor of being Ryan's sister in law for 14 years.Ryan always made me feel welcome and excepted.He was a great loving uncle to my children and could always make me laugh no matter how angry I may have been at his brother at the time.lol.He was a special one of kind type of guy who lit up the room when he stepped in.Every picture he has this awesome grin that just speaks volumes.Ryan you will forever be missed and nothing will ever fill the place you had In our hearts.We love you Ryan.
Posted by Juli Basham on February 10, 2021
I first met Ryan when he starting dating my sister Melody, since then he's been family and made us feel like part of his family. I have so many memories with Ryan, I will hold into them forever. My favorite would be when Ryan heard our side gate wasn't working right, so he got some tools and went to work. My young son saw this and ran inside and got his play tools and came back out to help his uncle Ryan. Ryan glady welcomed the help from his little buddy. Ryan went on to show my son how to fix the gate and made him feel like he was an important part of fixing the gate. My son was so excited that he helped uncle Ryan!! I will hold into that memory forever.
Barraclough family I'm so sorry for your loss. My dear sister i can't even imagine the pain your going through. I love you all. Ryan, You will be missed forever. We will always talk about you. Rip dear brother.
Posted by Jen Moskovitz on February 10, 2021
Hello all, I am Ryan's eldest cousin, Jennifer. Being his eldest cousin there was a considerable age difference between Ryan and I. I was grown and out when he was little. Despite this, I have years of fond memories of him at holidays and family gatherings... times spent with our Grandparents "The Meem and Beeb". Searching my memories there is always a common thread with Ryan- his laughter, his charm, his wit, & his striking (Irish) good looks. I would like to express my deepest and most sincere sympathy for my Aunt Kathy and my Uncle George at this extremely difficult time and for my cousins, Beth, Melissa, George and Katie... and for Ryan's longtime girlfriend, Melody, and Ryan's close friends. I pray for your strength to live through such an incredible loss. 
Posted by Shane Branch on February 10, 2021
Ryan was the first friend I ever had, going back to when we were about 4 years old. There are SO many great, positive memories that we shared.

We grew up together, went to school together, played sports and video games, as well as many other things.

His sense of humor was subtle yet hilarious. He truly was a unique individual, one of a kind.

Ryan had a special way of making you feel so comfortable; unlike anyone I’ve ever met. Ryan and the whole Barraclough Family aren’t just friends or acquaintances, they are family.

Ryan....you are missed dearly, my friend. Rest In Peace.
Posted by Gerard Romagnoli on February 9, 2021
  I knew Ryan Since the day he was born. I watched him grow all throughtout his life. through all his school years. School concerts , birthdays, all the major holidays, church events, i spent time with Ryan and his whole family down the shore. We would all have dinner together , camping. Good times I will never ever forget. I watch him grow into a wonderful caring young man. He was always a generous kind hearted man. He would help anybody in need. I will always miss him and I will never ever forget him . May his soul rest in peace.

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Posted by Glenn Basham on February 25, 2021
Ryan - You were a gentle, kind soul. You were always a very laid back, easy going, soft spoken, creative and helpful person. You were Mister Fixit and you were always fixing things around our house. You were a very creative artist who loved to draw and play guitar. Even after you lost your arm, you managed to learn how to play the guitar all over again, using only one hand. Considering that I am a guitar player as well, I was very impressed by that! If I were in the same situation, I probably would have given up, but you didn't give up. You were determined. There was a child within you too and you loved playing with all our grandchildren and they loved playing with you. You loved our daughter Melody very much and you made sure she knew it. You made an impact on all our lives. You will never be forgotten.
Posted by Jacqueline Hunter on February 23, 2021
Ryan will surely be missed by everyone who knew him. I've known Ryan Since he was a kid we grew up together. He was my brother Scotties friend and he always made us laugh. I'm gonna miss all the talks we had about life. He had lived life always with a smile on his face or on his skateboard. He had such a good heart. Taken way too soon. I will miss talking to him. R.I.P Ry Guy.
Posted by Scott Hunter on February 16, 2021
Ryan was my first friend that I can remember in life at around 5years old. I spent more time at his house then my own and so did most of the neighborhood kids. The whole barroclough family was like an extension of everybody’s family. I’ll forever be grateful of the time i got to spend with Ryan. We used to do all kinds of crazy things like build fake amusements parks in the backyard or build half pipe ramps out of rotten wood so we could train for the xgames on our hand me down roller blades that had missing wheels. In those days we didn’t care we were just having fun. I’ll remember Ryan as being one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Honestly thinking back I can’t remember a time Ryan was in a fight or even got mad at somebody. You’ll be missed forever buddy RIP
his Life

Eulogy

How do you begin to tell the story of a person’s life? Or even, just talk about your little brother when we’re all still hurting so much? In trying to figure out where to start, I reached out to people I knew were close to him. Sharing our feelings and stories, laughing and crying and remembering Ryan together was cathartic for me. And I hope for them. I hope sharing some of what they had to say about my brother brings some comfort to you too.

Ryan was the youngest of the now infamous five Barraclough kids. He was preceded by some pretty big personalities who my parents called Beppy Boo, Lissy Toes, Georgie Porgy, and Beanie… then came our lil chonkers – The Ryan Dude. Looking back on it now, being number five in this group could’ve been overwhelming, but I think it brought out one of the best parts of Ryan’s personality. Something everyone mentions now that we’re all sharing our memories - Ryan was just chill. He had a warm and soothing presence about him that everybody enjoyed being near.

I’d like to read a word from Ryan’s childhood friends (Shane, David, and Scottie) written by Shane.

"The first words that come to mind when we think of Ryan....dynamic and unique. His love for his family and friends was beyond genuine and his humor and wit were unmatched. Ryan had so many talents....whether it was skateboarding, music, football, wrestling, or video games. But his best talent was being a good, understanding friend.

Ryan just had a way about him. So unassuming and nonjudgmental, you couldn’t help but be yourself when you were around him. One of the traits we all admired in Ryan was his temperament. His poise and even-keeled personality were a pleasure to be around.

My favorite and most vivid memory of Ryan happened to be my very first encounter with him. At about the age of 5, my siblings and I went over to the Barraclough house for the first time and Ryan was playing Nintendo. In a very caring, Ryan kind of way he asked, “Want to play my game?”. Naturally, I obliged.

Now I can’t remember what game we played or how long we played for, but to this day I remember how I felt: welcomed, accepted, and genuinely liked. Similar events occurred when Scottie moved to Hainesport shortly after and then again when David moved to town. The four of us shared a childhood that will never be forgotten.

While life has pulled us in many directions, the days of side yard football, Mr. Worm, playing video games, swimming in the pool, or just being mischievous little boys will always remain special in our hearts.

To the Barraclough family.... You are not just our friends, you are family. Any time we see any of you we know that we are in for a good conversation and a hearty laugh. Please know that we are here for you.

Ryan, our dear friend.... You had an incredible impact on all of us and you will be sorely missed. You touched us all in a way that was beyond special and we are grateful for the time we had with you.

We love you. Rest In Peace, friend.”

It makes so much sense to me that Ryan banded together with these childhood musketeers to become solid lifelong friends. Creating a welcoming feeling of family all around him is something people were always drawn to.

But I will say as an adult, at times he seemed a little lost, almost like he was wandering. I think that changed when he met Melody. I remember the first time I saw them together, you could tell something had shifted. He radiated contentment. That sly smile never left his face. They just seemed to resonate with one another. I believe that in her he had finally found his home. I’ve spoken a bit with her lately, and I’ll share with you something she told me:

“I just want everyone to know that Ryan was the best person I ever met. That he changed my life forever and allowed me to feel like myself for the first time in a really long time. He showed me what’s important in life and how to appreciate what we have. He inspired me every single day. And our love was the realest and most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime.”

We are grateful to you, Melody, for bringing such joy to Ryan’s life, and that together you did so much living in the time you had. It is so plain to see how much you loved one another and that you belonged together. You are part of all of us now and we are so fortunate to have you.

So I’ve also been talking with family, and my Dad has been telling this story of a Science Fair Project that Ryan did. It involves creating wind-powered vehicles that were to travel the length of the school gym. Of course Ryan’s entry was very different than the others, and my dad was skeptical of his out-of-the-box design. But Ryan was confident, and told my dad, “I’ve got this.” His wasn’t the fastest, but kept a slow-and-steady pace, and while others veered off course, Ryan’s tortoise in the race finished second. The magic of this story isn’t that Ryan brought to life another vision that was just so “Ryan”, and of course it worked; it’s in the way my dad tells it. You can hear the pride in his voice when talking about Ryan’s quirky resourcefulness and you know how special he thinks that is. I’m sure we all have similar stories of Ryan’s particular skill in bringing his imagination to life.

Now Ryan is a lot like my mother, so sweet and sentimental. He would always give her the stickers off of his fruit, and she would save them all. He’d pick out the tiniest grapes because they were the “babies” and she’d keep them on the kitchen windowsill. Those two were peas in a pod. But the resourcefulness likely comes mostly from Mr. MacGyver himself, my dad. And the quirky is definitely a combination of both my parents. The “lightning and love” chemistry they had created a brood of crazy and caring people, who live, love, fight, and laugh together with a fierceness unique to the Barracloughs. And when it came to their littlest guy, it seems practice makes perfect. They took all the best parts of the rest and funneled them into one person.

Our Ryan.

One of the most giving, humble, creative, hilarious, unforgettable and special people I have ever known. And I am lucky enough to call him my brother.

Obituary

Ryan Christopher “Ryan Dude” Barraclough passed away on February 1, 2021 at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ having battled cancer for several years. He was born in September of 1987, the fifth and youngest child to George D. Barraclough, Sr. and Kathleen L. Barraclough (née Davis). Ryan lived his short life with an enthusiasm for experiencing it. At a young age, he played football and wrestled and shared a love of golf with his grandfather. And while he excelled at many sports, skateboarding became his passion. He loved to explore new parks and was always building ramps and rails of his own. He had an unbounded imagination and a knack for bringing it to life, be it for the Science Fair or a Halloween costume. He was gifted in creating art and music that made us feel so much - love, tears, comfort and laughter. Even the loss of his arm to cancer could not stifle Ryan’s spirit. He continued to skate and learned to play guitar one-handed, which resulted in some of the most beautiful music of his life. His kind heart carried an inherent fondness for nature, animals, and especially children. Most of all, Ryan’s life was about the people he loved. His happiest moments were shared with his family and friends, and many of our best times were those we spent with him. He will be universally remembered for his abundant creativity, warm wit, and gentle soul with a hug and a sly smile for everyone. Whether a family member, close friend, or simply an acquaintance who spent an afternoon with him at the skate park, he left a piece of himself with all of us. Ryan is survived by his soul mate and fiancée, Melody Joy Basham, his loving parents, his siblings Elizabeth Ovalle, Melissa Ferraro, George Barraclough, Jr. (Wendy), and Katie Minuto, his niece and nephews, AJ, Josh, Gage, Lorilei, and Mister Dylan, as well as countless friends and a legacy of joyful memories. We love you, Ryan. Rest in peace.
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