Shannon B. Ridgeway

June 23, 1977May 6, 2013

Shannon B. Ridgeway, 35, of Westminster, VT, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 6, 2013.

Shannon was born in Melbourne, Australia, but has been a Vermont resident most of his life, graduating from Brattleboro High School. He was a self-employed carpenter. Shannon was a tender and beloved soul who loved and cared for his family dearly. He loved traveling and the spirit connection he experienced while having adventures. He was an amazing fire dancer, mixer of divinely inspired music that moved many, and loved to create art with salvaged materials that came his way. He enjoyed skateboarding, biking, and soccer. Shannon especially loved his son, Nya. In addition to his parents, Brian and Jolene, Shannon is survived by his wife, Laura (Magallanes) Ridgeway, a son, Nya Ridgeway, both of Westminster; a brother Romney Ridgeway and his wife, Danielle, of Welfleet, MA; a sister, Lauren Bell and her husband, Chris, of Dummerston; two nieces, Brynn and Shyn Ridgeway of Welfleet, MA; a nephew, Collin Bell, of Dummerston, as well as 6 nieces and 5 nephews on his wife’s side. All services will be private. The Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shannon’s memory to Laura and Nya to help support them through this difficult time to P.O. Box 991, Putney, VT, 05346.

“Courage is transformational. Transformation is courageous. Blessings on our journeys.”


  • All Services are Private

Shannon B. Ridgeway

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Elisabeth and Finn Gordon

May 30, 2013

Dearest Brian, Joey, Romney and Lauren,
I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss...I have many fond memories of you and your beautiful children and I will keep you in my heart and in my prayers always.

The sun goes down yet leaves gentle warmth upon the land
the tide recedes and leaves beautiful seashells on the sand
the music stops yet echoes on in sweet refrain
for everything beautiful that passes, something beautiful remains...
~ Anon

Hannah Mello

May 30, 2013

Shannon was a very special soul. My memories of our friendship are so vibrant, so rich with joy and adventure. He was a great friend and support in recent times for which I will be forever grateful. I send much love to his family and will always hold those amazing times close to my heart. Blessings.

May 18, 2013

Dear Laura and Nya. Know that you two are in my thoughts right now.
Jenny Smith

Deb Parker

May 16, 2013

Sincere and heartlfelt condolences to Laura, Nya and family. Thinking of you all and sending love and strength as you journey through this difficult time.

May 16, 2013

Sending our heart felt love to your family . We can't imagine the pain and
sorrow you are going through. Sending strength and love.
Karyn and Steve Steinfeldt

May 13, 2013

Brian, Joey, Romney and Lauren- There are no words to express to you how sorry I am for your loss. I knew Shannon as such a kind soul and I know he will sorely be missed in the hearts of many.
When I think of Shannon I always picture the darling third grader at Dover School who was always there with a smile and willing to help. That is how I will always remember him and memories will live on for everyone who knew him.
My love and prayers are with all of you and I wish you peace in time and comfort in one another's arms. Arlene Palmiter

Alexis Kamitses

May 12, 2013

Shannon was loved by many. I will always remember our own intense journey together as young adults and how he shaped a part of my life. My love and blessings go out to his family and to Shannon who has traveled on through the biggest transformation there is. Shannon, may love and peace guide you on your way, you will be missed.

Tom and Kathy Clancy

May 12, 2013

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Shannon and hold tight to the happy memories of time spent with Shannon, Laura and Nya. We send strength and love to all the family.

Darby Rosenfeld

May 12, 2013

Sending my deepest sympathy to all of your family. I remember Shannon with so many fond memories of such a kind and deep soul.

Melinda Kinzie

May 12, 2013

Many blessings on your transition Shannon. May you be held in the brightest most holy light. My dear sister Laura, my heart and prayers are with you and Nya. May the wings of the mightiest angels wrap around your dear heart and hold you while you heal. I am so sorry and I am sending prayers on the petals of apple blossoms blowing on the warm wind to you. Love is all around you and you will make it through this, I promise.