"I called him my little Popeye." Katealyn Mc Intosh said her brother was close to his family, a cohesive unit that spends a lot of time together.
She was shocked and went to the school but was told they couldn't do anything. Gloria would send Ryan off to school in the morning and he would spend his time in the smoking area.
When a children's aid worker would come to her door, Ryan would climb out his bedroom window.
Before graduating Grade 8, Ryan Grant Mc Intosh had had enough and never entered a classroom again, despite the best efforts of his mom Gloria Mc Intosh who not only grieves the loss of her son but wonders why a sweet and funny loved young man seemed to be a target for bullies and life in general. "He felt he couldn't fit in." As a kid it took years before Gloria even knew he was being bullied.
In fact it was a neighbour who saw Ryan's tormentors chasing him and told her.
His single mom never shied away from hard work, an ethic Ryan mirrored.
For several years Gloria did all the maintenance at an apartment complex and Ryan was often by her side, helping.