Federation News

Demise of Mr. Dennis M. Ryan, Former IFAWPCA Board Member


The fraternity of the

International Federation of Asian & Western Pacific Contractors’ Associations (IFAWPCA)

mourns the demise of


Former IFAWPCA Board Member



Dennis, as he was known to his friends in IFAWPCA passed away 14 December 2016 (Wednesday) at 9:00AM after battling with cancer of the spleen for years. He was a Wellington Property Developer for more than sixty years and the dearly beloved husband of Teresita (Tess, who helped write our IFAWPCA History book) for 34 years.



During his time, he and Tess attended IFAWPCA Conventions together, and during the 37th Convention held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dennis received his 25th Convention Attendance Award, a reflection of his active involvement and keen enthusiasm in the affairs of IFAWPCA.  He served as IFAWPCA board member from 2002-2009, representing then the New Zealand Registered Master Builders Federation (now RMBA-NZ).  He participated in various standing committee meetings during conventions and chaired the then Associate Members’ Committee, where he was a staunch advocate in proposing initiatives to promote IFAWPCA Associate Membership. 



He was due to fly to Brisbane a day before he died to undergo a new medication that could extend his life.  But his condition indicated otherwise, and he was thus placed on palliative care instead - just to lessen the pain. 


A funeral service for family and friends was held at the Karori Crematorium (Main Chapel), Rosehaugh Avenue, Karori, on Monday 19 December 2016, at 10.00am.


Dennis will be truly missed.


You may kindly direct your sympathies/condolences to the Ryan Family, and to Mrs. Tess Ryan at the following address:-


PO Box 6399, Marion Square

Wellington 6141 New Zealand

Email:  dennisryan2@yahoo.co.nz