Peggy Ryan

MA Mathematics. DipEd, DipTch, LTCL Singing, ATCL Piano Prefect, Head and Dux of St Mary's College 1949

Peggy Ryan spent a life time dedicated to education which included

Over many years her family were leading and supportive parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish Petone. Re her late parents – her father (John) was parish choir master and her mother (Margaret Mary) parish organist. Peggy carried on that tradition as principal organist for many years, thereby supporting the parish music/liturgy ministry in Sunday Masses, Weddings and Funerals and various other special occasions  -  becoming something of an institution there!

Her two brothers, John and Robert were  ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Wellington. Peggy was very proud of them. They both pre-deceased her.

After retirement Peggy resided in Eastbourne and later Waikanae. Whichever parish she belonged to she was always very generous in her time and financial support. Peggy always retained a keen interest in the life and work of the Church at both the local parish level and the wider diocesan level  -  in this regard, towards its ongoing work, the Catholic Foundation was the beneficiary of her estate.  It goes without saying, stemming from her early teaching years, that she always retained a special concern for the Church’s mission, with and for, young people.

When her health began to fail she moved into the Parkwood Lodge hospital care facility in Waikanae. She died peacefully there on the 29th of November 2019. Her Requiem Mass on the 5th of December 2019 was attended by a very large gathering of friends, parishioners, former professional associates, diocesan personnel and clergy  -  all prayerfully remembering a quite special lady. May she rest in Peace.

In recognition of her life’s service to the Church and education, the Foundation were proud to set up a scholarship in her honour.