Mr. Ryan Thomas Mulcahy

March 4, 1978November 7, 2020

Born March 4, 1978 in California, Ryan was the second child of Michael & Anne Mulcahy. He eschewed any food which was green, but excelled on the fields and courts of every sport he played. The family moved to Texas when he was in middle school, and Ryan was a proud member of the “I wasn’t born here, but got here as quickly as I could” club.

In between classes, Ryan spent high school honing his jump shot and attending his first concert (which may, or may not, have been Rhett Akins.) He treasured the friends he made and the adventures they continued to share as adults: college life, playing ball, Pamplona, March Madness, marriages, and more …

Ryan went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and an advanced degree in Biomedical Engineering. At the suggestion of the family doctor he went into tissue and organ procurement, quickly impassioned by the mission. He proved tireless in his commitment to the cause. Thirteen years into his career, Ryan Mulcahy, CTP, BLS, ACLS, MS added “RN” after his name, having earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing to better serve and care for transplant clients and their families.

Ryan enjoyed working for the non-profit LifeGift as Director of Clinical Operations. Prior to that, he was employed by Paragonix Technologies and by Southwest Transplant Alliance. Many close friendships were forged at STA, where he found himself among like-minded people in the trenches: long hours, little sleep, frequent travel, always on-call, and all while saving lives …

Ryan was active in the community, most notably as the (self-appointed) grammar police. He was known for his sarcastic, quick wit and infectious laugh. He was a competitive athlete who always played to win, whether practice or real game. Or board game. Or Words with Friends. He was well-read and never stopped learning – the guy you wanted on your team at trivia night.

Ryan Thomas Mulcahy died of natural causes on November 7, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 42, and had finally started to eat his greens. He will be remembered as a beloved son, a not-so-little brother, generous uncle, dedicated colleague, loyal friend, and closeted Hufflepuff.

He is survived by his parents; sister; two nephews; niece “Viv”; maternal grandmother; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Donate Life Texas or registering to become an organ donor.

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Lee Roper

November 21, 2020

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.
No words are enough to reflect your pain. May your beautiful memories and God’s Grace help you through this.
Lee, Bradley & Gracie

Ben Keebler

November 21, 2020

What to say... I've known Ryan for about 15 years as a colleague and friend. Like so many other people I've talked to since his passing, the thing that immediately came to my mind was his unmistakable laugh. I feel very fortunate to have had Ryan present in my professional life for these many years, but I also am so very fortunate to have had a friendship with him as well. His honesty and sincerity were so refreshing. I always valued his ability to simply tell it like it was. I will miss him very much.

As one voice among many, I want to let his family know that he was loved by so many. My sincere condolences and wishes for peace at such a difficult time.

Jon & Debbie Owens

November 20, 2020

Mike & Anne...

Debbie and I have been searching for the right thoughts and words to express our deep sorrow for your loss. Reflecting on Ryan, my first thought always defaults to a newspaper clipping Mike had posted on a wall in his office for years. It was a picture of Ryan playing basketball for Grapevine High School. He was in mid-air, the ball in his hand over his head, mouth open and roaring as he was about to slam dunk. That’s the image I carry with me whenever I think of Ryan. It makes me smile, and will be always be the way I’ll remember him.

Jon & Debbie

Daneda Lipsey

November 20, 2020

I remember when Ryan was born. Garrett followed in 1979 and we had our boys to raise. I will be with you in prayer and spirit tomorrow. Love you both.

Jason Roosma

November 20, 2020

I played basketball with Ryan some 20 years ago at the First Baptist Church in Grapevine. I always respected and enjoyed his competitive game. Very tough defensive player. I could tell then that he was a special person and would do well. I’m very sorry for your loss. Godspeed.

Fidel Diaz

November 20, 2020

Mike and Anne;

Our hearts have been broken since we heard the news of Ryan’s passing. Ryan made our world such a better place by the miracles he completed every day. Y’all should be very proud of the influence your son had in this crazy world. As much as this hurts, he now protect and watches over the family from above. He will make sure every member of the family is safe and have their guardian angel right on their shoulder. We love you and are here for you guys...

Diana Whitcomb

November 19, 2020

I have many special memories of Ryan and his sister Missy, that I will always hold dear to my heart. I loved watching them when Anne and Mike would play softball, or head to work. I loved walking with them to the park, playing games, snuggling and reading countless books, and even taking a journey to Hawaii with them. Caring for Ryan and Michelle was a joy. My heart breaks for your family. Know how deeply Ryan was loved- Diana and family

Marie Hughey

November 19, 2020

OMG - what can I say about this delightful, funny young man! He was my surrogate son; I was always reminding him to be good and be safe and he would reply "yes mom." A gentle soul who could easily talk to anyone about anything. I will miss you so much and I pray for your family and friends peace. Forever in our hearts.

Nicole May

November 18, 2020

I’ve tried to write this a hundred times and I just can’t seem to pull it together, so, I’ll take some direction from you, Ryan, and just roll with it. Devastation doesn’t even begin to describe what my heart is feeling. You were my best friend, the person I always ran to, and the one who was always there. Life without you in it is somewhat un-imaginable right now.
I yelled and I cried and I sat so confused at the word of your passing. How could this be? You had so much left to give, you weren’t done down here! As I sat on the mountain the 2 days later and begged you to give me a sign that you were there, that you knew I knew, I wasn’t sure it would happen. But there you 2 bald eagles flew over, the radio played your song..the song that woke me up in the middle of the night a million times, the one I had as your ringtone- “my next 30 years” by Tim McGraw. I chose that right after your 30th birthday, it was obviously fitting. I know that was you, you’re still here and you know I know. I love you Ryan, please let me know again you’re with me, I’ll always need you.
Mulcahy family, thank you for sharing your son with this world. He was loved, he was needed, and he was AMAZING. God bless you during this time and always moving forward.

Hollee Osborn

November 18, 2020

It breaks my heart to lose such an amazing friend. Ryan will forever be in my heart and my memories, and I'll never forget his laugh or his hugs 💙 I'm glad we shared the time we had together, and I only wish we had more.

Thank you for sharing your energy and charisma with the world, it's rare to find someone like you in life. You are a treasure and I will have my own special way of remembering you for years to come.


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