Under his leadership, Gloucester went on to win the Zurich Championship in 2002, the Powergen Cup in 2003 and the European Challenge Cup in 2006.
Tom was also instrumental in the biggest construction project in the Club's history, the redevelopment of the South Stand in 2007.
Tom's role in rugby stretched well beyond Kingsholm as he also served as Chairman of Premier Rugby from 1998-2002 and helped establish stability after a chaotic period for the newly professional sport.
Martine approached Gloucester Cathedral's Stonemason, Pascal Mychalysin, to discuss producing an appropriate tribute to Tom.
After much discussion with the family over the potential design, agreement was reached on a statue that pays suitable tribute to Tom's contribution to rugby union.
The statue is located in front of the Mira Showers Stand and features a rugby ball on a kicking tee. The plinth it rests upon is inscribed with the words, 'unconquered faith triumphs' and 'Tom Walkinshaw Chairman 1997-2010'.
After unveiling the statue last weekend at a ceremony that involved key representatives from the Cathedral as well as various Gloucester Rugby dignitaries, Ryan offered the following words:
"We're extremely proud that everyone who works at the Club thought it would be a good addition to Kingsholm and to my father's memory. This is something that will last as long as Kingsholm hopefully.
"It took a while to come up with the idea but the small statue and bench, it's something that hopefully can be a meeting point for the fans, somewhere people can meet on match day, sit down and enjoy it.
"We wanted it to be functional as well as memorial, and to be something simple and not too in-your-face.
"Tom always had a lot of faith in everything he did. Even when things weren't looking like they would go the way he wanted, very often his faith and belief in what he was doing changed things that weren't going to be achieved.
"It's quite poignant for rugby too, and you have to have faith through the highs and the lows that one day your Club will get the success it deserves. So I think it works for both areas.
"That's something for us in a certain way to incorporate into what we do now at the club. So it works for the future as well as the past.
"The Cathedral have done a fantastic job, Pascal and his team have created something very special, beautifully-crafted.
"One of the most interesting things in this project was spending time in their stonemason's studio, seeing the work that they do and some of the statues they make.
"It's incredible what they do, and the amount of effort and work that goes into it is massive. In a way it's almost a forgotten craft, but it's so important to some of the heritage buildings in the UK. It gave me an appreciation of something I had no idea was so detailed and complex.
"Most of the time when people think of Gloucester, they think of the Cathedral and Kingsholm. So it's nice to be able to bring those two institutions together in remembering my father."