John C. Tyler died on December 20, 2021, in Topsham, Maine
(The following was provided by Stetson’s Funeral Home on December 31, 2021)
Topsham – John Tyler was born in Lewiston, Maine on September 16, 1946, to Harry and Betty Tyler. John was raised and lived in Brunswick, growing up on Mere Point and enjoying swimming and boating in Maquoit Bay. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1964, and attended the University of Southern Maine for two years studying engineering. He had summer jobs working on lobster boats out of Harpswell. In 1966, he was injured in a motorcycle accident that altered his life path, curtailing his engineering studies.
John worked primarily in food services at the New Meadows Inn and Bowdoin College, and retired after twenty years at Bowdoin College. He happily volunteered as an usher at the Maine Summer Theater in Brunswick.
John was a joyful person with a ready, wide smile and a happy thought to pass along. He was much liked, much loved. Some of his favorite things/people/interests were, in no particular order: John Wayne, lobster, chocolate milk, Kit Kats, clam chowder, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, day glow orange stocking hats, suspenders, World War II, clip boards, tinkering with and inventing mechanical devices, and making pies.
As a walker, John was well-known around Brunswick. He enjoyed using the Curtis Library and Bowdoin College’s Library, as well as visiting Lookout Point in Harpswell and Paul’s Marina on Mere Point. Meeting and shaking hands with John Wayne at a launching ceremony at the Bath Iron Works was one of John’s lifetime highlights and one that he talked about with great pleasure.
He enjoyed retirement years living at the Highlands, Topsham, Maine, where he was an active participant in activities and functions. John passed away on December 20, 2021, at age 75. John is survived by his siblings, Hank, Tim, and Tish, and their families.