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Devoted Monmouth County Dad Dies After Decade-Long Battle With ‘Aggressive’ Brain Cancer, 37

Devoted Monmouth County father Ryan Randall Briehof died on Thursday, May 5 following a long and valiant battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 37.
Devoted Monmouth County father Ryan Randall Briehof died on Thursday, May 5 following a long and valiant battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 37. Photo Credit: Facebook/Ryan Briehof

Devoted Monmouth County father Ryan Randall Briehof died on Thursday, May 5 following a long and valiant battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 37.

Ryan grew up in Copake before moving to Howell, where he lived at the time of his death, his social media page says.

Ryan attended Northeastern University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2007, according to his obituary.

Four years later, he earned a master’s degree with a concentration in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, his memorial says.

Ryan is remembered for his passion for sports, especially the Yankees and Rangers. He was also a skilled bowler and played his first perfect game when he was just 11 years old.

Above all, Ryan was known for embracing his role as a loving father to his children, Ella Ryan, 10, and Zachary Ralph, 6, whom he used as fierce and endless inspiration during his 11-year battle.

“It was his desire to see his children grow up that allowed him to face his diagnosis so bravely,” reads his memorial.

In addition to his children, Ryan leaves behind his loving wife, Michelle; grandmother, Nancy Briehof; his father and step-mother, William and Paula Briehof; his mother and step-father, Christine and Joseph Byrnes; his siblings, Sean Briehof, Jordan Byrnes, and Tristan Byrnes, as well as numerous close friends whose lives are forever impacted.

“Ryan had a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was utterly contagious,” reads his memorial.

“He was a beloved friend to so many, was quick with a joke or a story, and could make even a stranger feel at home.” 

Ryan’s celebration of life was held at Watermark in Asbury Park on Tuesday, May 17.

Donations can be made in Ryan’s honor to the Glioblastoma Foundation

“[Ryan] lived a full and joyous life, and many did not know about his prognosis until his final days,” reads his memorial.

“His kind, gentle spirit and wicked sense of humor lives on in his children.”

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