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Fellow bartenders, customers and friends mourn passing of Boston cocktail legend

Ryan Mcgrale's Facebook page is filling this morning with remembrances after his unexpected passing yesterday. Mcgrale, one of the pioneers of the craft-cocktail movement in Boston, was the beverage director at Tavern Road on Congress Street.

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did he die from? He was a young man.

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Is it appropriate to answer the question on a public page? I'm seriously asking because I know what happened I just feel like maybe it's not appropriate to discuss here?

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I think you know the answer, and it's not "yes."

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You're right - It just always seems odd to me that causes of death are hardly mentioned, unless it is something like cancer where most people know that the person was affected.

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The answer is yes. What did he die from? Leaving it open to speculation if unanswered.

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I have heard what I think is the reason he died. No, it was not some fatal disease and no, it was not suicide. It was, as his employer said, "a tragic accident." But I don't know the exact cause for sure, and even though I'm supposed to be a heartless reporter, I don't really like asking people who do know the reason why, because they deserve to grieve and release the news on their schedule rather than answering questions from somebody who didn't know the poor guy at all. Although there is obviously a large number of people who knew him, admired him and loved him, he's not really a public figure.

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I agree. Leaving his cause of death known leaves people to believe it was a crime, suicide, or an accident leaving the employer open to a lawsuit. None of those are things people can't handle. For those of us who knew him, it would provide solace to know.

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My brother's exact cause of death is none of your business. He was a wonderful, talented, kind young man who should be remembered for all of his kindness and not for how he died. Mind your own business. Our grief is painful enough without your prying.

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DiBiccaris at Tavern Road chose Ryan for his legendary skills. I'm sorry for your loss of such an iconic dude in the beverage scene. I hope Ryan gets a drink named after him that is permanently on the menu at TR. RIP Ryan.

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I sat at Ryan McGrale's bar countless times at No. 9 Park, the Flatiron Lounge in Manhattan, and Tavern Road, and featured him in my annual cover story for the Improper Bostonian on Boston bartenders I admire last year (his is the last interview in the piece). Update: I just ran an unexpurgated version of that interview on my blog here: http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/2015/11/rip-ryan-mcgrale-beloved-boston.html

A brilliant bartender, the kind of hospitality pro who clearly lived to make his customers feel loved and well cared for, and a genuine spark of life.

RIP, Ryan. You left a mark.

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H/t MC Slim JB.

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Can't believe I won't have the joy of hearing Ryan's voice again. What a gifted, kindhearted and vibrant soul; a true loss.

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Why on earth does it matter to you how he died? His people are grieving and that one detail Is your main focus? I'm sure you're very concerned about all the terrible repercussions that could occur from his death being left open to interpretation. Hang your head in shame.

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The fact that some people want to know how he died is disrespectful to his memory, his family, his girlfriend, and friends. Those that need to know will know if you don't know then you are not someone in one of those groups. Respect the family's wish to keep this matter private so that they can grieve and come to terms with the tragic event that happened. He was a great man and the last me worry anyone should have of him is how he passed.

RIP to a great man

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