Mayor's Statement on the Loss of Former Councilmember Sid Tyler--update


Pasadena Rose LogoBy now, we are sure most of you have heard the sad news regarding the passing of former Pasadena Councilmember Sid Tyler.  His sudden death has left many throughout our City and at City Hall with a profound sense of loss as Mr. Tyler was one of the most admired and respected citizens of Pasadena.

Mr. Sidney F. Tyler was an important member of the Pasadena community for more than 45 years.  He served on the City Council from 1997 to 2009; his steadfast advocacy for Pasadena’s Urban Forest was well known and he helped shape what Pasadena is today.  He was a mentor, friend and colleague to all who came to know him.

After graduating from Harvard, Mr. Tyler served with honor in the U.S. Marine Corps and subsequently pursued a distinguished career in the private sector as a senior finance executive in health services.  Throughout the years, he devoted countless hours giving back to the community he loved, serving on many boards for community organizations, foundations, museums and his church.

As a City Councilmember, he was instrumental in shaping the City’s decision to retain our electric utility during deregulation. He provided valuable oversight and leadership with the Fire and Police Retirement System and was a passionate voice for the City’s role as an environmental leader.  His financial acumen in the private sector provided the City solid fiscal leadership and accountability.

Above all, he was humble and self-effacing about his many accomplishments and how important he was to Pasadena.  He was as quick to pick up a piece of discarded paper from the sidewalk as he was to roll up his sleeves to help on the bigger, more complicated challenges our City faced.  He leaves behind a legacy of community and public service accomplishments and he will be truly missed.

We hope you will keep Mr. Tyler’s family—his wife Betsey, their four children and eight grandchildren—in your thoughts and prayers during this time.  As your schedule permits, you are also welcome to attend the funeral service being planned for 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at All Saints Episcopal Church.  A further celebration of his life will follow at 3 p.m. in the City Hall Courtyard.

Thank you.

Bill Bogaard, Mayor

Michael J. Beck, City Manager

Mayor and City Manager Special Message April 3, 2014 [PDF]




With the sudden death of Sid Tyler, Pasadena has lost one of its most distinguished and admired citizens.  He was distinguished for his accomplishments in the private sector, including as a senior financial executive in health services, and in the public sector, as a dedicated and effective member of the Pasadena City Council.  He was admired for his steady and humane friendship for all of the persons who came to know him.

This community will not be the same without Sid Tyler, who was uniquely able to offer effective help and impeccable judgment on the many issues Pasadena has faced over the years.  When the problem on the table was too complicated for the rest of us, it was Sid Tyler to whom we turned for a thoughtful and workable solution.

We will forever remember Sid for his dedication to trees—to Pasadena’s urban forest—and for his valor in supporting that great community resource.  In many ways, as a Councilmember and an active member of the community, Sid shaped Pasadena as it exists today and we all owe him a debt of gratitude.  He was an inspiration to me and all the Councilmembers, as well as to many others, and he always will be.

On behalf of a grateful and admiring community, I extend condolences and concern to Betsey and all of the Tyler Family.  We acknowledge and share your profound loss.

Mayor Bill Bogaard

March 28, 2014

As a further mark of respect to former Councilmember Tyler and the Tyler Family, Mayor Bogaard has requested that flags be lowered at all City buildings to half-staff effective immediately, until further notice