Will Ryan Has Passed Away

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Will Ryan Has Passed Away

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Some of you may have heard the news by now, but Will Ryan, the voice of Eugene (and many others) has passed away.

From Katie Leigh's Facebook page:
"Hey, I lost one of my best buddies today to cancer. Will Ryan was the most talented person I've ever known in so many ways. I appreciate the letters I'm already receiving of support and love. I don't think I can respond to all of them. I need a little time. Please pray for his wife and family. Do yourself a favor and go listen to some of his music, read one of his books, or watch some of the movies or TV shows he was in. That's what I'm doing.
p.s. he was only 72--don't believe everything you read on IMDB!"

From Chris Anthony Lansdowne's Facebook
"My heart breaks tonight as I share the sad news about my dear friend Will Ryan passing, he’s been my friend and co-actor on Adventures in Odyssey for almost 35 years.
So many of you heard his voice all over the world, he was a Disney icon!
There will never be another “Guy” to play the part to my “Madge” on Adventures in Odyssey. I love you with all my heart and I will miss you….
goodbye dear friend. (your wife Madge)
😔💜"

From Phil Lollar:
"My AIO friends,

It is with the deepest sadness and sorrow that I must tell you that our dear friend and Will Ryan has died.

We will be releasing a more formal announcement soon, but for now, please pray for Will’s family and friends as we cope with this tragic loss, and for courage and wisdom for us on AIO as we chart a course through the difficult days ahead."

I'm shocked and heartbroken as Im sure you all are. I never had the chance to meet him, but I know many AIO fans who have and have said how nice and funny he was. It's been a hot minute since I listened to AIO but I think I'll play some of my favorite Eugene episodes before I go to bed tonight.
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Heartbreaking.
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They have released the official announcement.

https://www.adventuresinodyssey.com/far ... will-ryan/

For the death of someone who brought to life a character of so many words, I find myself speechless. May he rest in peace.
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I've just been saying it feels like a loss of a family member. I'm honestly in shock. This hurts, and I feel so sad for all the Odyssey folks and of course his family. I never met him either, but in all his interviews he was so funny and brilliant. I just love hearing his voice. It's a true and painful loss. Before we even found out this news, I was drawing and I can't remember the last time I drew Eugene, but I drew him. I might post it tomorrow if I'm feeling up for it. I hope he passed knowing how loved he was and how much beauty he brought to our childhoods.
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I never personally knew Will so I feel a bit undeserving in saying that this one really hurts. My heart goes out to those who knew and loved him best; they'll be in my prayers. Will forever has such a massive place in my childhood and heart, and I'm so grateful for every treasure he left us. I've been a bit anxious lately so literally just last night I actually found myself starting his and Katie's podcast (Tell Ya Later) and my first thought was how comforting it was to hear Will Ryan's singing. I had no idea.
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This is extremely saddening news. I'm in shock, absolutely speechless. I never got to meet him, but I have heard positive things from those who have. His work on AIO and other projects are things which I've enjoyed seeing and will be remembered by generations to come. Adventures in Odyssey won't be the same without him.
Will Ryan will definitely be missed. :cry:
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Wow. Just saw this and had to check the official Twitter feed and Facebook pages to check it was true. Eugene was always my favourite, his close friendship with Connie, his sometimes comical friendships with Tom and Bernard, His relationship and marriage to Katrina, his father/son like relationships with Whit, Jack and Tom. His overall development from a simple genius to a loving husband, father, friend and of course Christian role model was the most brilliant of all. Now, like with Walker and Dave, I will want to cry with almost any episode with Eugene in them. I could hear Will's age starting to peek though the cracks, but I figured he would die before retiring from Odyssey, though now I REALLY wish he hadn't.

I know the show has and could go on without him, but I kind of hope it doesn't. Whatever happens, Odyssey will never be the same after Will's last episodes have aired. But like every actor, Will (will) be around for decades to come, in one way or another, and though it is hard to believe, for Will, and Eugene (and Harlow and Officer Harley!) the best that's yet to come, is finally here.

I've never cried over and actor/actress passing away, but this may be the first time, as I never realised until now how much Eugene has actually helped me get through some of the toughest things one could, a piece of my life is gone, but I go on knowing that I will one day meet him and all the other people who bring me Joy in Heaven.
For now, it seems The Time Has come to say a final farewell. it's the End of an Era, The Last Days of Eugene Meltsner have come and gone, and We'll all miss him.
Condolences to all Will's Family and Friends, may he always be remembered for the joy he brought to this world.
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We posted a special blog post announcement yesterday here: https://www.odysseyscoop.com/blog/2021/ ... er-19-2021. I believe Will Ryan's passing is affecting countless people, and I have been blessed to follow the antics of Eugene Meltsner since I was six years old.
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I'm speechless. This is so sad and so surreal. :boohoo: He has impacted so many people through Adventures in Odyssey and I know he will be greatly missed. :cry:
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I cried so hard when I heard the news. It'll be a while before I can hear his voice again without crying(heard Eugene on the Basset wedding episode the other day and needed to stop the episode for a bit). Does anyone know if Will was a christian? I believe so, but it would be super comforting to know for sure. When Alan Young(Jack Allen) died, I scoured the internet hoping to find anything saying if he knew Jesus. These guys taught me how to accept the loss of Whit (albeit years afterward)in "Gone...but not forgotten", and helped teach me about God, I need to know if I'll ever see them in eternity with God.

I miss you Mr Ryan, thank you for bringing to life Eugene, Harlow, and Elmo Aardvark. Thank you for your podcast and book with Katie. Wish I coulda met you in person, hope to meet you in the presence of Jesus.
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I'm pretty sure he wasn't a Christian, sorry. I also feel like Allen Young wasn't, but I don't know for sure. But honestly, maybe take that news to reflect on your theology? I understand it's easy to believe people go to heaven or hell when they die, but quite frankly, if I'm supposed to believe truly loving people like Will are in hell right now, that's not a faith I can be a part of, and that's not a god I can worship. Sorry, I swear I'm not trying to make this a debate, I really don't want to debate anything with you. But I know the idea of people we love being in a bad place for eternity just makes the grief worse, and I don't think that perspective is warranted. I really hope you can find peace with all of this, and I'm glad you're letting yourself be sad. That's something I'm not always great at doing. :)
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greatkindheartedbush wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:19 pm
I cried so hard when I heard the news. It'll be a while before I can hear his voice again without crying(heard Eugene on the Basset wedding episode the other day and needed to stop the episode for a bit).
I'm with you on that. I was doing fine until a got a work related email the other day saying that someone called Katrina wanted to meet up, that's when I broke down. ever since I've hardly gone five minutes without thinking about all the episodes he did. then someone surprised me with an AIO album as an early Christmas present - album 44 of all things!
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