Obituary of Ryan P. Wilhelm
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Ryan grew up in Vineland. A brilliant student, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rowan University. As a young man, he moved to New York City, and over the course of his decade-long tenure there, he helped to develop several tech startups.
His world travels brought him to France, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Hawaii, Greece, and Monaco; and he was a friend to all he met.
He had a great fascination with the history of filmmaking and amassed a vast library of classic movies. A true music lover, he had over 500 vinyl records in his collection. Ryan was also an avid chess player.
With a tender affinity for animals, he dedicated himself to caring for his dad's beloved German shepherds, Waldo and Diesel. He adored his cat, Balzac, whom he rescued from the streets of New York.
Ryan reveled in the hunt for curios, and he could be found at vintage shops, thrift stores, and flea markets all over New Jersey and New York. Things that others might pass by without a glance, he would find beauty in. And we were blessed to have him share his unique vision with us.
He is loved and missed by his mother, Dorothy; his brothers, Ethan (Jennifer) and Gabe; his nieces, Josie and Jackie; and all of his aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, John.
Rest in peace, dear Ryan. You are loved.