WATERBURY — Kyle Ryan Magnus, 30, ‘Mags’, of London, England, South Burlington and Waterbury, Vermont, died unexpectedly May 1, 2016 in Plymouth, England. Kyle was born Oct. 13, 1985 in Burlington, the son of John and Deb (Peck) Magnus. He attended Waterbury area schools and graduated from Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, with the class of 2004. He graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie N.Y. in 2008.
Kyle excelled at academics and athletics during school and was a member of the soccer, football and basketball teams at Rice and the basketball team at Vassar. He was also an accomplished fisherman, golfer, swimmer, and loved both downhill and water skiing. Kyle enjoyed playing soccer and softball with friends while he was in England. He was very committed to his health and fitness and was a regular at The Train Station gym in Wadsworth, London.
Kyle’s friends, teachers, and coaches always held a special place in his heart. He worked as hard at athletics as he did in the classroom. He pushed himself to excel on both fronts and his drive to succeed in the face of challenges played an integral role in shaping his life. His teammates from Rice and Vassar, as well as his roommates at Vassar became some of Kyle’s closest friends. In an apartment at 45 Wall Street in New York, Kyle’s Rice and Vassar friends, Larry, Cecil, Tyson, John, and Rizzo lived together for several years with six boys in a five-bedroom apartment. There was always a game on TV and fun to be had.
Kyle moved to Manhattan in 2008 to start a career in the financial sector. He joined Dealogic in 2011 and worked in the Manhattan office until April 2013 when he transferred to the London office, where he was working in Client Coverage at the time of his death. Kyle loved his work, his coworkers and friends at Dealogic and was a valued member of the London team. He traveled extensively for work and pleasure and was blessed to visit many special places in the world that included Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Thailand, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and many others. His trips to ski in Chamonix, Val-d’Isere, Tignes and Vermont held a special place in his heart.
Kyle made friends easily at work and in any social situation and developed a loyal, caring and generous circle of friends in London, New York, Philadelphia, Vermont and around the globe. These friendships blended seamlessly to create an international bond that stretched across the Atlantic and around the world for sporting events, concerts, festivals, and holidays.
Kyle introduced many friends to the family lake house on Seymour Lake in Morgan, Vt. Large groups descended upon the Northeast Kingdom during the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays to water-ski, tube, play lawn games, eat, laugh and enjoy each other’s company. The sparkling, crystal clear water was the perfect backdrop for these epic gatherings.
Kyle met the love of his life, Jane Bardal, on a vacation trip to Barcelona and Ibiza, Spain. Their long distance relationship from Toronto to London over the last year included plans for Jane to move to London this August. She has become a member of our family.
John, Deb, Jess, Erin and Jane recently traveled to London to bring Kyle home. During our trip, we were cared for and welcomed by Kyle’s friends and coworkers in London in a way that would only be reserved for immediate family. We cannot express our gratitude in a way that would adequately describe the love and affection we received. We need to give special thanks to Danny, Rich, Luke, Ollie, John, Mike, Teri, Emma, Georgia, Johnnie and Emma for caring for us every step of the way during our journey. The memorial service in London at St. Margaret’s Lothbury and the receptions following at Ye Olde Watling Pub and Kyle’s flat in Wadsworth with friends and coworkers were warm reminders of who Kyle was and his zest for life.
Kyle is survived by his parents, John and Deb; his sisters Erin and Jess; brother-in-law Adam Baughman; nephew Liam; and girlfriend Jane Bardal of Toronto, Canada. He also leaves his great-aunt, Dorothy Morrell; great-aunt and uncle, Joy and Charles Morrell; aunts, uncles and cousins; Jane and Eric Clifford and daughter, Elizabeth, Chuck and Kathy Magnus and daughters, Katie Hungerford and Sara McHugh, Michael and Kathy Eastman and sons, Sean, Tommy and Jack, Barb and Brian Hildreth and sons, Rick and Chris, Larry and Liz Peck, aunt Karen Peck and daughters, Lindsay DeBlock and Whitney Haber. His family also includes many others, especially in the Magnus, Morrell, Eastman, O’Brien, Higgins, Downes, Rand, Miller and Peck families.
Kyle’s family was blessed and honored to have known him for 30 years. We knew we loved him, but we had no idea how much he was loved by everyone he touched. Kyle lived every moment of every day of his life to the fullest, worked as hard as he played, and always said yes to the ‘extra cheese.’
Thank you Mags. It has been an honor and a privilege. You are loved.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 3 St. Peter Street, Winooski, on Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow; the location will be announced at a later date. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Kyle R. Magnus Scholarship Fund, c/o Rice Memorial High School, 99 Proctor Ave., South Burlington VT 05403. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com and the funeral home Facebook page.