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Ryan Garrett Tobin

Ryan Garrett Tobin, the bravest boy we were honored to know has passed away at the age of 17 after a difficult battle with osteosarcoma. Ryan was diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma at the age of 15 and put on a brave face from the first moment. He remained positive and smiling throughout treatment, his wonderful personality shining through every moment.

As a young child, Ryan loved playing outside, riding his bike, fishing and being with family. As he grew into a teenager, he became an exceptional LEGO builder, with an amazing collection of Star Wars LEGOs. He also loved the game of basketball and made the High School basketball team in his Freshman year prior to his diagnosis. He and his father never missed watching a Sixer’s game on TV and he especially loved watching Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey play. He was an amazing golfer with a natural swing who could easily beat his father, uncle and grandfather who had all been playing for years.

Ryan was preceded in death by his mother, Lisa (Stiffler) Tobin. He is survived by his father, Kyle; sister, Morgan; and stepmother, Cathy, all of Middletown; grandparents, Betty and Joel Stiffler of Dover; uncle, Brian Tobin (Lauren); cousins, Emma and Kate of Newark; stepbrothers, Ryan Murphy of Pittsburgh, PA and Aidan Murphy of Bloomsburg, PA; grandparents, Betsy and Bill Papale of Hilton Head Island, SC; aunt, Maggie Looney (Jason); cousins, Connor and Emma of North Chesterfield, VA; uncle, Billy Papale (Amy); and cousins, Lauren and Liam of Simsbury, CT. We also want to acknowledge Ryan’s best friend Sam Lintz. He stood by him and was incredibly important and supportive of Ryan.

An open house to celebrate Ryan’s life has been planned for Sunday, May 15, from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Historic Odessa Bank, 201 Main St., Odessa, DE 19730. Ryan’s favorite color was orange, and he loved vibrant colors, so we ask that you wear bright, vibrant colors in honor of Ryan. You are also encouraged to bring pictures and share fun stories of your encounters with Ryan.

In lieu of flowers, Ryan requested that donations be made in honor of his memory for Osteosarcoma Cancer Research via Osteosarcoma Research MIB Agents, P.O. Box 858, Barnard, VT 05031 or online by clicking here.


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  • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ryan. Prayers to family and friends.

  • Kyle, on behalf on me and my family you have our deepest condolences. Ever since learning of Ryan’s illness we and our church members have been praying for him and your family. We will continue to pray that you and your family are comforted in this time of great sadness.

  • May angels lead him in❤️. You are the bravest warrior I have ever known, Ryan.

  • There are no words. I am just so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • My family extends to you our deepest condolences. Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.
    May the passage of time heal your grief

  • There are no words to express our sympathy for the loss of your handsome young man. I know his memory will live forever in your hearts and minds. He touched this earth for a short time and now he is in his glory, cancer free. May you be comforted knowing he is being cared for and loved by God. With much love, Alina & Jerry

  • Dear friend Billy Papale and family. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your nephew Ryan. My sincere condolences.

  • Although I only knew you for a while over the internetI felt like I grew a connection with you. You always brought life to our clan chat#bestCOCleader. Sip Rocket🕊

  • Kyle, what a beautiful tribute to Ryan. Love and hugs to you, Cathy, Morgan, Aiden and Ryan….all that loved your Ryan. I have no words to express my sadness for you all.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Ryan was such a sweet boy! I loved spending time with him at BME. He was always so kind and gentle with the greatest smile. He made a positive impact on everyone he knew. You’ll always be remembered, Ryan, as an all-around terrific guy. Sincere sympathy to the family. -Mrs. Plummer

  • In Asian religions, death is not an end of life but a step in the journey towards God. People are reborn with new body and mind, Spirit never dies. Ryan showed the strongest of the virtues of humans – courage, forbearance, resilience and braveness – being happy at all times. These qualities carry on with the Spirit! Our love and prayers are always with him – Yogesh

  • Cathy & Kyle,
    I am so sorry to hear the news. There are no words to express how very sad I am. Ryan was so strong and fought so hard. May he Rest In Peace. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers for comfort.

  • Our family sends our deepest condolences. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with all of you.

  • Prayers are sent to you all as this is such heartbreaking news!

  • Steven and I send our condolences for the passing of your bonus son. A courageous, young man.

    Michele & Steve Saffier

  • I knew Ryan from the mobile game COC (Clash of Clans). He was a funny, interesting and smart young man. I can only imagine the pain being experienced by his family and friends, as I have a 17 year old son. He has left an indelible mark in my memory and I will always think fondly of him. He made me/us all laugh in clan chat and was always upbeat and personable and lifted my spirits when I was feeling down. Rest easy now, Ryan, and condolences to his family and friends.

  • So deeply moved by Ryan’s story. His sweetness and bravery are truly an inspiration. This is so terribly tragic and unfair. My love to you all. May his spirit endure in you and bring you comfort.

  • Although I never had the chance to meet Ryan, I know he was an awesome young man because of all of the great stories Cathy would tell of him during book club. We send our love and prayers to you all during this heavy time. ❤️Nicole and The Homer Family

  • Ryan was an amazing kid. I had the privilege of teaching him his freshmen year in Health class and I remember how he just had this ability to brighten the room with his infectious smile and cheerful attitude. I loved having him in class and I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Deepest Condolences for your loss.

  • Sorry to hear the hear breaking news, deepest condolences to you and your family, may god give you strength during this sadness.

  • Kyle
    Very sorry to hear about the loss. Deepest condolences on behalf of me and my family.
    Ryan, you and whole family has shown true courage & resilience in last 2 years fighting this tough battle.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this tough times.
    May peace will always be with him.

  • Kyle, I have no words. As a mother of a boy, my heart aches for you and your family. I hope you can find some comfort, knowing that our thoughts are prayers are with you.

  • We’re so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy Ryan. May he Rest In Peace and comfort. Sending our deepest condolences and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers always. The Hinman family

  • Your love & support of Ryan throughout his battle was second to none. I hope it brings some comfort knowing that Ryan’s courage will serve as an inspiration for many. My deepest condolences.

  • Kyle – There are no words that fully express my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I am so very sorry and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kyle, There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. . My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts.

  • Kyle, I’m so sorry for your loss and my deepest condolences are with you and your family.

  • Kyle,
    I am so terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts; and praying for comfort and strength for you all. Sending big hugs your way. May Ryan rest in peace and his memory live on forever.

  • I was not at Redding when Ryan was a student here, but after seeing his bright smile and knowing the battle he was fighting, I could not help but to express my condolences. Our hearts break more when we feel a life has been cut short too soon but it looks like to me Ryan lived his best life in spite of…
    My prayers to out to his entire family close friends. May God give you comfort. Im so sorry for your tremendous loss.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  • Kyle – There are no words to express how sorry and heartbroken we are to hear of your loss. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • My condolences to you and your family. I pray you find comfort and strength during these hard times by remembering his beautiful smile and life. May Ryan rest in peace and his spirit live on among those who love him and with God. My prayer to you.

  • Dear Cathy and Kyle, my heart breaks for all of you. Your mom told me all that he was going through, and I was praying for a cure. I know that you are all heartbroken. Although I never got to meet Ryan, I know that he had a beautiful spirit. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Maryann King

  • No words can express how we spent time on clash of clans, my best friend😭, LOVE FROM INDIA❤

  • Love you Ryan, you were always a great friend and a sweet guy. Friendliest man I’ve ever had the honor of knowing and talking to. I remember how we talked about basketball almost everyday our freshman year and I won’t forget it. I wish we had the opportunity to play together. Condolences and prayers to your family, I miss you man.

  • I am heartbroken at the loss of my only grandson who would have touched anyones heart if they met him. His smile and gentle heart was always a part of him and his sister Morgan always had a special bond. I wish that l knew the right words to tell you how much I loved him but it doesn’t seem to cover all that l feel. I am sending my prayers and love and my strength you will need in the passing days to get thru. I love you Kyle and Morgan,!

  • Ryan was always such a sweet, loving, happy boy. I know that he is in heaven with his Mother. May God keep Kyle, Morgan, Kathy & the rest your family in his prayers & heart. God Bless all of you. 🙏🙏🤗💗💕

    Sincerely, Diana