Ryan was born on December 20, 1990 in Newark, DE and grew up with his mother, Michele Del Tufo, and father, Ryan Gibbs, Sr. Although his parents did not stay together, he had so much love from the people that stepped in, thank you Vern Herestofa (step-father) and MaryBeth Bondrowski (step-mother). Many years of sitting on bleachers watching Ryan play many sports, thriving in baseball, football, and basketball. During this time, Ryan become a big brother to Mason Bondrowski, always on the sidelines yelling, "get off my brodder", "come here brodder".
He went to Christian Academy, where he received the humanitarian reward, he saw a fellow student being picked on and bullied, he did not know others watched him help his classmate every day by walking with him and just being the compassionate, kind hearted person he was and continued to be throughout his life. Every person who crossed paths with him always said he would give you the shirt of his back and more. His smile and presence lit up every room he walked in. Ryan went to Ridley High School and played basketball. He was a phenomenal barber in his adult life. He had a family who he took care of and is survived by. The story of Ryan's life cannot be summed up in a few sentences. We will try to do justice by explaining how he lived and loved. He will be remembered for so many things but here are a few:
Ryan met his fiancé in high school and they reconnected later in life. They had a love for each other that you could not put into words. The years he spent with his fiancé and family were the best years of their lives. He loved his family with everything he had in him. They loved basketball; it was their passion. Ryan's other passion was becoming a barber. He was a very talented barber as well as talented in everything he did in life. He loved tattoos and loved his shoes. He always had the newest wardrobe to match his shoe collection, always looking like the most handsome person in the room. He loved his dog, Rocky and his family. He was an active member in the recovery community; he participated in outreach and helped anyone who needed it. To say his life was cut short would be an understatement. He had so much to give this world. He was a character and always knew how to make you laugh or put a smile on your face. We are heartbroken to have to live without him. He had the biggest heart and most beautiful smile. He would want us to celebrate the life he lived instead of grieve for him; regardless of how difficult that might be. We will continue to celebrate him and remember him in a beautiful way. He would want us to live life to the fullest and never take a moment for granted. He will always be there watching over his family and friends. He will be with us always. His unconditional love for all people in his life will never be forgotten nor will the love we will continue to have for him that we hold us close until we meet again.
He is survived, loved, and will be deeply missed by the following; Mother, Michele Nowlan, Father, Ryan J. (Cindy) Gibbs, Sr., Daughter, Callie, Sister, Mason Bondrowski, Fiance, Marikate Gardler and the girls, Cousins; Denise Hughes and children, Matthew David, Danielle, and Joey, Aunts; Chrissy Layton, Janine Elseser, Rene Gibbs and family, Paternal Uncle, Ricky Walker, and Maternal Grandmother, Sheila Calhoun.