Bruce Marshall Tyler
1940 - 2019
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Bruce M. Tyler of Portland, Connecticut, born April 22, 1940 died suddenly on September 25, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife Karen D. Tyler of Portland and his parents George and Mary Tyler of Mystic. He is survived by his sister Judith Tyler-Wilcox (Allen) of Dallas, Texas, sons Anthony Tyler (Sabine) of Smith River, California and Scott Tyler (Sheila) of Seabrook, New Hampshire and daughters Elise Cotrone (Ellen) of Manchester, Connecticut and Hilary Phelps (Christopher) of Portland and grandchildren Maximilian Tyler, Luna Tyler, Scott Rice, Slade Rice, Kenneth Cotrone, Jr., Rachel Cotrone, Cassidy Phelps and Jacques Phelps. Bruce was a graduate of Fitch High School, Groton, Connecticut. He had advanced degrees from Wesleyan University (BA), the University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA) and the University of Connecticut (Ph.D.) After teaching for six years in Norwich and East Hampton, he worked as a management trainer at Electric Boat. He then joined the Hartford Insurance Group as a management trainer. After a number of promotions he transferred to the Consumer Finance Division of ITT Corporation in Minneapolis where he retired as Vice President and Director of Human Resources. Bruce was active in community affairs all of his adult life. In Portland he was Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairman of the Housing Authority, member of the Portland Board of Education and the Portland Charter Revision Commission. He was also a member of the Portland Exchange Club, the Portland Republican Town Committee and the Friends of Portland Library. Regionally he was chairman of the Godfrey Memorial Library Board of Trustees, Chairman of Community Action of Greater Middletown Board of Directors, President of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Middletown Board of Directors and a volunteer arbitrator for the Greater Hartford Better Business Bureau. His personal interests included genealogy, theater, reading and the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team. At his request, there will be no funeral and burial will be at the Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown. Donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society or Friends of Portland Library.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Oct. 4, 2019.
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February 8, 2020
Bruce was a great mentor to me. I will always remember that anytime things got crazy at ITT, when he came into the room, we breathed a sigh of relief as we knew he would get things back on track - he was invariably the voice of calm, reason and wisdom that we needed. He chose me (a young 30-something at the time) from a group of about 15 young product/sales trainers to move into a management training & development role, something that I had really hoped to have the opportunity to do. With his guidance, I got very good at it. He also encouraged me to pursue a master's degree in organization development. All of this totally changed my professional trajectory and led to many additional professional opportunities. Now, 30 years later, I lead a multi-year organizational change initiative in global talent management consulting for a major U.S.-based international consulting firm. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to visit with him and Karen several years ago during a northeastern U.S. business trip. I also shared a love of jazz with Karen. Bruce changed my life. I am so grateful to him. He is missed.
Keith Friede
October 4, 2019
Mr. Tyler was a terrific teacher. He opened up our minds to the world and politics by using the daily syndicated cartoons in the newspapers. And best of all, he never gave us the answers. Hey Mr. Tyler - I figured out what, "Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose" means. Thanks.
Liz Whitty
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