Sidney F. Tyler

Obituary
  • "Dear Betsey and family, we are deeply saddened for you all...."
    - Mary and Charles Hurd

TYLER, Sidney F.

Sidney F. Tyler, 81, of Pasadena, passed away on March 28 from
injuries sustained in an accidental fall from his bicycle.
Born in Abington, Penn. near Philadelphia, he developed a love of the outdoors after his family moved to a cattle ranch in Carbondale, Colo. while he was in his teens. In Colorado, he discovered the joys of hiking, camping, and skiing, pastimes that would stay with him for the rest of his life.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 with a B.A. in American Government. After college, he joined the Marine Corps and spent time in Korea and Japan before being honorably discharged three years later. He started a career in the healthcare industry with Smith-Kline Beecham in 1957. That career spanned 38 years before he retired from Tenet Healthcare in 1995 as Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations.
He was extremely proud of his record of community service, which blossomed after the end of his business career. Looking for a way to make a difference in the city he loved, he ran successfully for a seat on the Pasadena City Council, a position he held for 12 years. While a member of the council, he used his experience and strong work ethic to guide the Council on a variety of challenging issues. He also served on the boards of several community service organizations up to his death, including Pasadena Community Foundation, Pacific Asia Museum, and Eastern Sierra Land Trust.
He brought his love of the outdoors to his family, and regularly took them on trips to the mountains, particularly Mammoth Lakes, where he and his wife Betsey spent much of their time in later life together. He loved taking road trips with Betsey in their camping trailer. He was an avid skier, hiker, tennis player and photographer. And he thoroughly enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up.
Throughout his life, he taught his family and friends the values he believed in so deeply - hard work, the highest ethical standards, good judgment, and tolerance.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betsey; three sons Toby, of Petaluma, Calif.; David of Mukilteo, Wash.; Richard, of Kings Beach, Calif.; and a daughter, Becky, of Morro Bay, Calif. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, April 12th at All Saints Church at 2:00 pm, with a reception to follow at City Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pasadena Community Foundation, the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, or to a in your local community.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Apr. 3, 2014
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