O.B. Davis Funeral Homes - Miller Place

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Drew Henry Tyler

March 22, 1953June 8, 2020

Drew Henry Tyler, age 67, of Shoreham, New York passed away on June 8, 2020. Drew was born March 22, 1953 in Port Jefferson, New York to Janice Tyler (née Levy) and the late Henry Tyler.

Beloved husband of Lee Frei for nearly 28 years. Loving brother of Richard Tyler.

Drew was the owner/operator of Back to Basics natural food store in Rocky Point, New York. He enjoyed paddle tennis, tennis and bicycling.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.obdavismillerplace.com for the Tyler family.


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Melanie Theisen

July 2, 2020

Was very saddened to hear of Drew's passing. Though I moved away awhile back, I remember shopping in Back to Basics often when I lived there. His kindness and quiet way will always be remembered. My condolences to his family. In his memory, I have donated to Doctor's Without Borders.

Desiree Passantino

June 20, 2020

So sorry to hear this sad news. I will remember the years shopping and seeing Drew at Back to Basics. My three kids grew up going to that place. His wife Lee and Drew were a part of their history growing up. Sending hugs to her along with my sympathy.

Nancy Thaler

June 18, 2020

Drew is often referred to as the "quiet man". Drew didn't need many words to express his kindness, friendship, compassion, intelligence and dry but extraordinary sense of humor, nor did he require a lot of words for his love to be "heard" by his family, friends, animals, the community and the deep love for his Beloved wife, Lee.

I met Drew before he gave life to Back to Basics and worked with him for almost 15 wonderful years before I moved to Up State N.Y. The only regret I had about moving off of a too crowded Long Island, was leaving that store and Drew, who was a main reason for me to "whistle while I worked". Those years were some of the best and worst for both of us. Drew lost his Dad but found the Love of his life. I was honored to be able to offer comfort and share in his joy. To say he reciprocated on my behalf would be an understatement. We used to sit and chat in his office after long days and after 15 years of after work exchanges, I felt a bond that will be with me forever. It was so refreshing to listen to him express his love for Lee, who I also grew to love deeply. For a man who was not demonstrative with his emotions, he lit up when he spoke of Lee, the love of his life.

My heart goes out to Drew's family, his friends and those in the community who got such a kick out of this one of a kind man.
I'm sure he would rather be remembered in good memories and love, rather than us dwelling on his passing. I must grieve for my friend for a period but I pledge to you Drew, to remember all you contributed to the world and to the many whose hearts were touched by the honor knowing and loving you!

Geoff P

June 12, 2020

I'm saddened to here of Drew's passing.

I met Drew several years back when I started playing paddle with the Men early mornings on the weekends and on Monday evenings.

Drew was good competitor on the paddle court and we always had a good time, regardless of how cold it was outside.

Being from out of town my wife and I attended one of the annual "Shoreham" functions and you had to be a guest of a resident and Drew immediately said that my wife and I could be guests of himself and Lee.

Lee and the entire Tyler family you are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Its not easy loosing a good man like Drew that was loved and liked by so many.

Keep the faith

Tracy Ray

June 11, 2020

So sorry to hear of Drew's passing, I shopped at Back to Basics for years and was surprised to see my former postal co worker Linda working there. So Drew knew he could trust her on the spot, that's the type of man he was. I use to say to friends that he's Rocky Point's "Quiet Man". My condolences to his family.

Robert Kraus

June 11, 2020

Sending my condolences to the friends and family of Drew. I was a customer of Back to Basics and got to know Drew as an honorable, honest and quiet man who will be truly missed. Thank you Drew for your shop Back To Basics, that provided good nutrition for decades! You truly will be missed. May you rest in eternal peace knowing that you served your fellow humans well.

DONNA cardines

June 11, 2020

I knew Drew through my sister, Linda who worked for him. I only met him a few brief times. I loved how he treated my sister and others and how he ran his health food business keeping it simple with wood floors and shelves. I am sure he will be missed and the closing of his store is a loss to the community. Prayers for his wife and family.

Linda Stever

June 11, 2020

The first day I started working for Drew at “Back to Basics “ I remember he explained a few things ,handed me the keys and said I’ll be back later . I asked him if he wanted my last name or any information before he left . No he said , I looked honest enough to him . That was Drew . He trusted people . Everyone that came into his store stopped to chat whether it be about politics , music or yoga . I lived in rocky point for years but I never felt such a sense of community until I worked with Drew at Back To Basics . He was my boss but I considered him and his wife Lee to be my friends as well . I’m thankful for knowing him .