Ryan Joseph Rioux

July 24, 1972July 6, 2021

Ryan Joseph Rioux, 48, of Dartmouth passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Charlton Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Ryan was born in Worcester, MA and was the son of Ronald J. Rioux of Dartmouth and Naoni (Berthiaume) Rioux of Florida. He was the loving and devoted father of Ryden J. Rioux of Dartmouth. Ryan was a lifelong resident of the Southcoast and was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School. 

In addition to his parents and son, he is survived by Ryden’s mother, Melissa (Belong) Rioux of Dartmouth; his best friend and brother, Josh Gagne of Freetown; his girlfriend, Jen Garven and her daughter, Maddie Tsiaras, both of Fall River; his uncles Neil Berthiaume and Barry Rioux; and he was the nephew of the late Joe Berthiaume; he is also survived by several cousins. 

Ryan was a true one-of-a-kind. He is most remembered for his infectious smile and laugh. He always brought jokes, mischief, fun, and good conversation to the table. He loved his family, his HF brothers, and his friends. He was also an avid animal lover, and doted over his adorable pitbull, Ilsa. Punk rock/hardcore music and art were two of his main passions in life - this lead to a 20+ year career as a prominent tattoo artist; he began tattooing in 1997 and went around the country tattooing at shops and conventions. 

When he wasn’t spending his spare time at Choppahead with Josh and other friends he enjoyed many other passions. Some of these other passions included a love for horror and comedy movies, a penchant toward all things weird, strange, and ridiculous, and a love for cult classics of the 1950s to 1980s. Amongst his favorite movies were Conan the Barbarian (1982), Dumb and Dumber, Old School, the numerous Godzilla and King Kong movies, and especially the original Star Wars trilogy. He also loved any Sasquatch, paranormal, and true crime documentaries. He was also a collector and collected different kinds of antiques and oddities. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ryan’s name and honor may be made to The Humane Society and Shelter Southcoast, 31 Ventura Drive, North Dartmouth, MA 02747.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME AT DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth followed by a Eulogy service at 7:00PM.


  • The Humane Society and Shelter Southcoast



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

  • Eulogy Service

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021


  • Burial Private


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Brad Hager

July 12, 2021

Ryan. I loved his laugh. He always made time for friends. Ryan always made everything more fun. It's been years since I have moved away, but the good memories are even deeper than the ink in my skin. When he would make his way down to South County, we all knew that he was down for whatever with a smile on his face. Bro - man - dude, Thank you for always being so constant in our lives back in the day. We will miss you.

Josh Nesmith

July 11, 2021

I met Ryan in the very early 90’s. We had sooo many good times whether it be hardcore shows, graffiti art, hip hop shows, road trips, fishing trips, rumbles, parties. You name it, we did it! I’m grateful for the few years we were housemates in Rhode Island. Got to know a lot about one another. He became one of our crews BROTHER. We may have grown apart over the years, but I never forgot how special he and our times were. His kind is TRUE and FEW. He always surrounded himself with “ REAL “good people . I’m honored to have known ya Brother Ryan. You left a great mark in this world. Gone but never forgotten.

Ramona Rogers

July 11, 2021

I think like many of us, I am at a loss for words. My heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones and friends. Ryan will be missed but his essence will carry on.

Christine Moniz

July 11, 2021

Ryan.. my buddy I'm gonna miss our morning talks out on the porch and the sessions you me and Jen had you touched my heart so deeply what a kind genuine man you were one of few men my son Sebastian respected you will always be missed.. love you buddy. ... Chris

Kevin Dupont

July 10, 2021

The word "Loyalty" is a word that gets tossed around, but isn't always taken serious and hold substance. Unless you were part of our friends growing up. Ryan was one of the most loyal friends. I'm gonna miss his infectious laughs and smile. I'm gonna miss his art and tattoo work that I've always had a strong appreciation for. We have an obligation to hold on to all these great memories we shared with Ryan being part of our lives and never let them go. He will be missed by many. For me like losing a brother. My heart goes out to his family.

Rob Duarte

July 10, 2021

It's been a long time since I've seen Ryan. I can't help but remember him as the baby faced hardcore kid that brought me into good music, shows, and straightedge. I have a terrible memory but some of my best and strongest memories include Ryan. The bootleg tape that he made for me - where I got my first listen of the music that changed how I looked at the world. I wore that tape out - which was easy to do, since it was recorded over a cheap Sesame Street singalong tape (picture Big Bird doing backups for Breakdown). A dozen years later, I hung that same tape on the wall of my grad school studio to remember those fun days. I often think of the first hardcore show that I went to with Ryan and Josh at Green Street Station, the zine the two of us made in high school, and having my mind blown when I first heard the Bad Brains and Septic Death in Ryan's parents' basement. Seriously great memories. Rest in peace, Ryan.

Scott Lajeunesse

July 9, 2021

I remember band practices in Ryan’s parents basement. All the shows we want to and hanging out in the Friendly’s parking lot. Ryan was always fun to be around. You will truly be missed Ryan. Rest In Peace!

leonard lashley

July 9, 2021

Ryan was always welcoming and never failed to make me feel welcome or share a laugh he was a good man and I was proud to call him a brother !


July 9, 2021

I remember making ninja stars, climbing trees with tiger claws and some serious RPGs, back when life was easy and pure. You will be missed my friend, rest now brotha!

Bea Dean

July 9, 2021

Such a great loss. I first met Ryan at Atomic Ink when a tattoo I had done in Florida needed to be “touched up.” I was so impressed with his work that I ended up going back for five more tattoos over the years. Each one beautifully done…….I would show him a picture of what I was looking for and give him the option to choose colors, placement etc. I was never disappointed. Brilliant artist, beautiful person . You will truly be missed Ryan. Rest in peace my friend.