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Ryan Joseph Tunnell

July 9, 2005 ~ September 6, 2023 (age 18) 18 Years Old

Ryan Tunnell Obituary

Ryan Joseph Tunnell, 18, of Lafayette, New Jersey, passed away on September 6, 2023.  Ryan is survived by mother, Maureen, father Stephen, sister, Kaylee and brother Matthew.  Ryan was loved by many including grandmother Carol Tunnell, late grandfather Russell Tunnell, late grandmother Pauline Cuprowski, grandfather John Coleman and his 22 aunts and uncles and 30 cousins. 

Ryan is a graduate of P.G. Chambers School in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey and was a senior at Pillar High School in Livingston, New Jersey.  From the very start of his life, Ryan was loved by all.  Ryan enjoyed life to the fullest, despite his many challenges.  In addition to the deep love he had for his family, friends and caregivers, Ryan also loved to watch TV, to listen to music, especially 102.3 WSUS, swimming in the pool and an occasional dip in a hot tub while on vacation.  Ryan also enjoyed being with people, whether that was at a mall, at a track meet watching his sister or brother run, at family gatherings, in school with his classmates or hanging out in Lake George, New York on summer vacation with his family.  Most of all, Ryan loved his two best friends, his sister Kaylee and twin brother Matthew.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Ryan Joseph Tunnell respectfully requests contributions in his memory to the Goryeb Children's Hospital Pediatric ICU c/o the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, 475 South St, 1st Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960.  Donations may also be made online at Please choose Pediatric ICU as the designation.  Over his 18 years, Ryan was treated like a son by the nurses, doctors, medical and support staffs of the children's hospital, especially in the Pediatric ICU.

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