September 24, 1925 – April 9, 2021
William Blakely Tyler of Newton, MA died April 9, 2021.
He was born on September 24, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts to Roger and Margaret (Blakely) Tyler. He grew up in Newton and attended The Rivers School and Phillips Exeter Academy (1943). He saw active duty in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge and returned to graduate from Harvard College (1947) and Boston University Law School (1951). He joined his father at the Boston law firm of Rackemann, Sawyer and Brewster in 1952, where he remained for over 60 years, working in real estate and then in trusts and estates. He always went the extra mile to meet the needs of his clients, visiting them in their homes, wherever they lived, and treating all with respect, kindness and generous attention.
Bill is survived by his wife, the love of his life and best friend, Anngenette "Anngie" Groton, whom he married in 1956, and by their five children, Anngenette Stanfield of Mystic CT, Maggie Tyler Rubenstein of Wayland, MA, Roger B. Tyler Il and William B. Tyler, Jr. of Essex, MA, and Susan Monahan of Ipswich, MA, as well as 12 grandchildren: Owen Stanfield, Samuel, Chloe and Emma Rubenstein, Blakely and Anna Tyler, Jamie, Erin, and Katie Monahan, and Jacob, Olivia and Nathaniel Tyler; and, two great-grandchildren.
Bill had a long, productive life of public service and gave generously of his time and energy to a great variety of non-profit organizations. He served as Chairman of the Volunteer Lawyers Project and as President of Greater Boston Legal Services. He was an active alumnus at Harvard University, Boston University Law School and served as a trustee at The Rivers School and at Camp Chewonki and the Chewonki Foundation in Maine where he spent many summers as a boy. He served as the Chairman of the Board of the Pioneer Institute for Public Research and continued in this role well into his eighties. Bill was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, The Hamilton Club, The Country Club, The Union Club, and the 1255th Combat Engineer Battalion Association.
Bill took an active interest in the hospitals of Boston, serving on the governing boards of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Boston Hospital for Women and the New England Deaconess Hospital. He was also a trustee of various charitable foundations, including the Thomas Thompson Trust and the Ogden Codman Trust. Like his father before him, Bill loved Boston and sought to preserve and celebrate its rich history. For many years, he was the Chairman and Director of the Bostonian Society and during his later years worked on "The Boston Museum Project", an effort to bring a centralized Boston History Center and Museum to the city.
Bill was active to the very end of his life, known for his vigorous walks around Lasell Village and his visits to the fitness center. He was a lifelong learner, always asking questions, staying current in what was happening in the world around him and in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He often said he couldn't believe his good fortune to have been blessed with 19 wonderful descendants, all of whom he referred to as “stars.” Above all, he wanted them to understand the importance of public service. When asked why he had such a deep commitment to his pro bono work, he said, "I've always had the feeling that a person ought to put something back into society, particularly if that person is gathering as many benefits as I am.'
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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April 28, 2021
I loved talking to Bill when he came to Church at St. Peter's.
Sending love to his family!!
J Archer O'Reilly
April 21, 2021
On behalf of the members and officers of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati I wish to express our great sorrow upon the loss of one of our favorite friends who so often joined us in our meetings and events. We fashion ourselves a "one society of friends" and there have been few as welcome and enjoyable as Bill. His fellowship, friendship, and leadership will be deeply missed and long remembered.
April 19, 2021
Back in 1990, I was working with a number of people from the Church Home Society including Bill's wife Angie, Bobbie and Bill Tripp. and Gene Boehne who were interested in supporting my efforts to start the Teen Empowerment Program. Over the next 10 years, I met with Bill on a regular basis to discuss the development of a program that has, for the last 30 years provided leadership opportunities to thousands of inner city youth, giving them the opportunity to improve themselves and the communities where they live. In fact, Bill, through the Alden Foundation, provided the Center with its first major grant which was then matched by the Boston Foundation. With Bill's encouragement, belief in our mission, and financial support we were able to launch the Center which has now grown to serve youth in Boston and Somerville and in Rochester, NY. I am very grateful to Bill and Angie for all they have done and for the kind and caring spirit that they brought to every interaction. Bill has left a legacy of good work that would make any family proud - a legacy that continues to grow and provide for the needs of so many people, a legacy that serves as a model for others to emulate and aspire to make this world a better place. Bill, you will be deeply missed, while your memory brings comfort and joy at all the good you did in this life. Rest in peace.
April 18, 2021
Bill was one of the leaders of the Boston Bar Association who devoted their wonderful legal talents to the betterment of the disadvantaged through pro bono legal activities. He will be missed. Frank Moran, Former Executive Director, Boston Bar Association
April 17, 2021
I am saddened to hear that another brave member of the 1255th Combat Engineer Battalion has departed. I have fond memories of the 2010 reunion in Luxembourg that I attended with my father, George Rentsch and my son, Jared. It was a pleasure and an honor to share that experience with Bill, Anngie and Maggie.
May you take comfort in your memories of this good man.
April 17, 2021
Thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family. He was an amazing man who, along with Susan and others through the years, provided caring and thoughtful assistance to the town of Brattleboro in his role with the Thomas Thompson Trust. His insight and intellect helped the town and its residents in many ways. His smile will be remembered.
April 16, 2021
Bill was never without a smile or a story to tell. He will be missed by his loving family and his many friends and work colleagues. He was one in a million! Nancy West