Ryan Carrigan of Merrill-Stevens Yachts died on June 29 of sudden cardiac arrest. He had recently joined the new Merrill-Stevens Yachts Sales division leading new product sales, according to Aaron Leatherwood, CEO of the company. We was 46.
“Ryan only recently joined MS Yachts, bringing more than 20 years experience in new yacht sales including past performance with Donzi Marine, Chris Craft, Lightening Bay and Grove Harbor,” Leatherwood wrote in an email. “Ryan was a great fit for MS Yachts with a high degree of integrity and customer focus.”
The following is posted on legacy.com:
It is with great sadness that the family of Ryan Patrick Carrigan announces his sudden passing on June 29, 2018, at 46 years old.
Ryan was born on May 25, 1972. He was a sixth generation Sarasota native, graduated from The Prew Academy in Sarasota, and studied at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. A well-respected third generation marine industry veteran, Ryan spent his professional career in the boat manufacturing and retail boat business. He traveled extensively throughout his career and enjoyed great relationships and friendships both nationally and internationally.
Ryan was passionate about the outdoors. He spent countless hours on the water and underwater, while boating, fishing and diving with family and friends. His birth and chosen family were of the utmost importance in his life. He had a huge heart, as well as an infectious smile and laugh. Ryan had a long list of those who were proud to call him their best friend.
Ryan is survived by his parents, Michael and JoAnn Carrigan of Sarasota; longtime forever love, April Irene Donelson; sister Colleen Carrigan of Takoma Park, Maryland; brother Michael Carrigan Jr. (Teresa) of Sarasota; sister Erin Carrigan of Sarasota; sister Katy Carrigan of Sarasota; nephew Sean Michael Carrigan of Sarasota; and his four-legged best friend, Ace.
A Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held on Saturday, July 14, at Phillippi Estate Park Mansion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (34231). The Carrigan family invites friends and family to visit between 3-6 p.m. to celebrate a life well-lived. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ryan’s honor to The Genesis Reef Project c/o Ryan Carrigan, P.O. Box 3811, Sarasota, FL 34230-3811.
Published in Herald Tribune from July 9 to July 11, 2018.
Click here for Mr. Carrigan’s online obituary.