DEATH OF HENRY RYRIE
Prominent Business Man and Philanthropic Worker of Canada Dies Suddenly
Toronto, Can., Sept. 19.–The death of Harry Ryrie, of Ryrie Bros., Ltd., one of the most prominent business men and philanthropic workers of the city, occurred suddenly on Sunday last at the General Hospital from an intestinal ailment. He was apparently in perfect health on the previous Friday when he spent the afternoon playing golf, and was taken suddenly ill in the evening when the most expert medical attention was secured without avail.
Mr. Ryrie was in his 56th year, though he looked much younger. He was born in Toronto, and for the last 40 years had been associated with his brother, James Ryrie, in the retail jewelry trade, their business being considerably the largest in Ontario. He was probably, however, more widely known in connection with religious and humanitarian work, especially that of the Young Men's Christian Association, of which he was for some time president. He was the leading promoter of the whirlwind campaign of a few years ago by which $1,000,000 was raised for the erection of Y. M. C. A. buildings, and made a tour of the world in the interests of the association.
Mr. Ryrie was also an active worker in connection with the Jarvis St. Baptist Church, and a member of the Foreign Mission Board, and since the outbreak of the war has devoted much of his time and means to patriotic objects. At the time of his death he was secretary-treasurer of Ryrie Bros., Ltd., and a director of Henry Birks & Sons, Montreal.
Mr. Ryrie was an enthusiastic golfer and president of the Lambton Golf and Country Club. He was also a member of the National and Royal Canadian Yacht Clubs. He was a Royal Arch Mason, Knights Templar and Mystic Shriner.
He married a daughter of the late Robert Whitte, of Richmond, Va., who with two daughters and two sons, survive him. His eldest son, Lieut. Evan Ryrie, was killed in action at Vimy Ridge.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 26th September 1917