BRATTLEBORO – Frederick Ware ‘Fred’ Tyler, 88, of Brattleboro, died peacefully early Monday morning, Aug. 4, 2014, at the Thompson House Nursing Home, surrounded by family.
Mr. Tyler was born in Greenfield, Mass., on Oct. 7, 1925, the son of A. Lawrence and Doris (Ware) Tyler. He was raised and educated in Brattleboro, graduating from Brattleboro High School with the class of
Mr. Tyler proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943 until his honorable discharge from active service in 1946. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater of Operations as a radioman on board the USS Astoria and was in every major battle in the Pacific. While on board the Astoria, he survived the infamous Halsey’s Typhoon that struck in the Philippine Sea in December of 1944. Mr. Tyler was also in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrender ceremony was held.
After WWII ended, Mr. Tyler continued his service in the Naval Ready Reserves. He was called back to active duty during the Korean Conflict from 19501952, and was eventually honorably discharged with the rank of Petty Officer Second Class.
He returned to Brattleboro following his military service and apprenticed under his father, an electrical engineer. He started working in the family electrical contracting business in 1946,
He was co-owner and president of the family business, A.L. Tyler and Sons, Inc. until his retirement in 1992. At that time, his son and nephews purchased the business to become the third generation servicing southern Vermont and New Hampshire.
For many years, Mr. Tyler was a member of the Vermont Electrical Contractors Association (VECA) and he served two terms as its president. He was instrumental in working with the state of Vermont to help develop an inspections division that would eventually become the department of labor and industry; this division was created to oversee the electrical installations and inspection for commercial and industrial applications.
Mr. Tyler was a 54 year member of B.P.O.E. #1499, Brattleboro Lodge; 32nd degree Mason, Brattleboro Lodge #102 F&AM; Shriners Snowmobile Parade Unit; American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5; and the VFW. An avid golfer for many years, Mr. Tyler was also a longtime member of the Brattleboro Country Club.
He loved his community and was active for many years with the Harris Hill Ski Jump, including serving as a volunteer marker on the hill. He held the honor and position of ‘Chief of the Hill’ for two terms. Mr. Tyler enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, wood carving and crossword puzzles.
On June 21, 1947, at All Souls Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, he was married to the love of his life, Anna Catherine ‘Shirley’ Hubner, who predeceased him on July 18, 2014, after 67 years of marriage. He was a faithful and devoted husband and loving father, grandfather and greatgrandfather.
Survivors include three daughters, Kate Tyler of Westminster, Deborah Tyler of Brattleboro and Martha Tyler Gouger and her husband, Jeffrey Gouger, of Brattleboro; one son, Brian Tyler and his wife, Jill Stahl Tyler, of Brattleboro; his brother, Donald Tyler and wife, Virginia; his sister, Eleanor Petersen and her husband, Stuart, all of Brattleboro; ten grandchildren, six greatgrandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews.
Mr. Tyler was predeceased by a son, Kevin, and by a grandson, Joshua Kistler.
After private graveside services at West Chesterfield Cemetery with full military honors, a Celebration of Life for both Mr. and Mrs. Tyler will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Elks Home on Putney Road in Brattleboro from 1 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Tyler’s name may be made to the Thompson House Nursing Home Activities Fund, 80 Maple St., Brattleboro, VT 05301; the Brattleboro School Endowment, P.O. Box 2534, Brattleboro, VT 05301; Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT. 05302, or Brattleboro Fire Dept., 103 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
To sign an online register book with messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk,com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.
Source: Brattleboro Reformer (VT) – Saturday, August 9, 2014