HANNA, Rory John

Our extraordinary son, brother, and friend passed away on November 30, 2017, age 16.  Rory is survived by his parents John and Cathy, sisters Christine, Christy Guttin (Cory), and Brynn, by brothers Sean and Cole, and by “Nanny”, Marg Carpenter. We have accepted that Rory attempted to take his own life, finally succumbing after 3 days of ICU care.  What no-one can yet understand is why our amazing Rory would choose to stop his life of selfless giving, compassion, creativity, smiling, great achievements in school and hobbies, and his obvious caring for his family and friends whom he surely knew loved and needed him so deeply.

Our heartache finds some solace through the life-saving gift of Rory’s organs to 5 recipients across North America, whose successful transplants have now been confirmed. Our thoughts go out to Rory’s many grieving friends in and out of school and we thank them for their kindnesses to us spoken in Rory’s memory.

Rory showed us all how a good person lives, and how a brilliant mind creates.  From an early age his interest in all aspects of film and theatre flourished.  He produced, acted in and edited film projects, sometimes as classwork but more often as a film club member or just for the fun and satisfaction of creating.

A celebration of Rory’s 16 years making other people happy will take place on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 from 1-4 pm, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Conference Centre, 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Trillium Gift of Life Network.

11 replies
  1. Andrew And Lili Maliner
    Andrew And Lili Maliner says:

    Our Sincere condolences to both of you, his parents and family. Andrew is our son and he loved playing with the kids when he used to go visit your family. Thank you for taking great care of him. I just found out about your boy. My Heart aches for you. Lili and Andrew Maliner snd Andrew. Austin, Texas. 512-657-1957.

  2. Charlene
    Charlene says:

    Hello Cathy, I wanted to send you my apologies. I read this in the stream and it saddened me greatly for the family. Then I received a message from Mandi that Rory is your Son. At the breakfast I was not aware of this. My open question about anyone having christmas spirit set you off, and of course as it would, and I want you to know that there are no words for how great yours and your families loss is. I am sending you prayers for strength to get through this and faith to endure. My heart goes out to you, and please feel free to connect anytime if you like. I am here for you.

    Love Charlene

  3. Laura Weier
    Laura Weier says:

    Cathy and John and the Hanna Family. My heartfelt condolences to you all. I am very sadden by this news. I can not image what you and the family are feeling at this moment. My thought and prayers at the most difficult time,

  4. Elizabeth Kendrick
    Elizabeth Kendrick says:

    My deepest sympathies to all of you! You are in my thots and prayers! I look forwaed to learning more about your son in the days to come ad you share how anazing he was and all the lives he touched

  5. Carter Sheridan
    Carter Sheridan says:

    We are extremely saddened to hear this. Our condolences to Rory’s family at this difficult time.
    Carter Sheridan & family

  6. Luis Lopez
    Luis Lopez says:

    Hello guys. I don’t know if you remember me. It’s Luis. I was in Cole’s year. I stayed at your place once during a spring break in grade 11. I am sorry to hear about your lost. I am sorry to hear about your lost. I sadly cannot attend the service, but I have donated toThe Trillium Gift of Life Network. My deepest condolences.


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