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In Memory of

Ryan Scott Spiritas

November 15, 1973 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


Ryan Scott Spiritas, 43, a lifelong Dallas resident, left us far too soon on November 23, 2016. He was a "Radiant Child," a loving son, brother, uncle and fiancé who wore a perpetual smile, and never met a stranger. He was passionate about many things but nothing more than his family and the art that flowed from his heart, his hands, and his wacky, thoughtful, imaginative and creative brain. So much promise was lost to the world when Ryan left it.
Ryan was born in Dallas, graduated from The Greenhill School, and attended The University...

Ryan Scott Spiritas, 43, a lifelong Dallas resident, left us far too soon on November 23, 2016. He was a "Radiant Child," a loving son, brother, uncle and fiancé who wore a perpetual smile, and never met a stranger. He was passionate about many things but nothing more than his family and the art that flowed from his heart, his hands, and his wacky, thoughtful, imaginative and creative brain. So much promise was lost to the world when Ryan left it.
Ryan was born in Dallas, graduated from The Greenhill School, and attended The University of Texas at Austin. He began his working career at Supreme Beef Processors where he led their largest department, and then joined his father and brother in forming Spiritas Group, L.P. Business man by day, he took up drawing and painting in 2013 and in that way found his true calling. He has had shows in Dallas, Austin, and New York, and recently exhibited his work in a solo show in Ft. Worth during which the gallery auctioned off one of his paintings created as a tribute to the Dallas Police officers who died only days before this show opened in July. All proceeds from this piece went to support the families of those officers. That was the nature of Ryan Spiritas. His works will also be showcased in upcoming exhibits in Las Vegas and Miami.
Ryan loved his Dallas Stars, Dallas Cowboys, and of course the Texas Longhorns. Eclectic in his musical taste, he appreciated artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, B. B. King and The Residents, especially when heard on vinyl. Ryan could play guitar, do terrible magic tricks, write poetry and prose that could bring you to laughter and tears, often at the same time, and ask thought provoking questions that would send family members seeking a great answer. A Renaissance man who proudly carried his man purse, wore vintage clothing with panache, and always had a hug whenever anyone needed it, Ryan left a huge hole in the universe when he departed this life.
Burial took place in the Shearith Israel section of Sparkman Hillcrest on November 25, 2016. Ryan is survived by his parents, Alexis and Steven Spiritas, identical twin brother, Jason Spiritas, sister Stefani Lawrence (Dave), nephews Patrick and Alexander Lawrence, fiancée Elizabeth Whitfield, his three rescue dogs, Sammy, Charlie, and Joe, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Please send any contributions in Ryan's memory to Operation Kindness (Dallas), SPCA of Texas, or the animal charity of your choice.