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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 279 Malcolm Giles (Mac) Tyler Some individuals fill a room with the warmth and the strength of their personalities. Their departure leaves the room saddened, but offset by the many strong memories of the good times. When Mac passed away in late November 2016, New Westminster lost one of its most popular sons. He had an innate grace, humility and sense of humour that projected from his six-foot-four frame in John Wayne fashion. He had a gentle manner that endeared him to women and a raw strength that men admired. Outgoing, kind, generous, he made friends throughout his life. At the centre of Mac’s life for 50 years was his beautiful and serene wife, Bonnie, an ICU nurse of the kind you want to have in the surgery room, leaving you feeling comforted that the knowledgeable, confident and efficient nurse will ensure the doctor has all the necessary support. Bonnie was Mac’s partner in the best sense of the word, the centre of his home life, the mother of his children and the platform for Mac’s wide and generous hospitality, as well as his caregiver over the later years of his life as he dealt with a series of serious illnesses. But let me go back. Mac’s father played lacrosse as a member of the New Westminster Salmonbellies (1935–43) and performed his war service in Canada. Mac was born in 1943, preceded by his brother, Warne, and succeeded by his sister, Suellen. Mac’s dad, among other work, drove a bus, sold cars and worked in an investment firm. He died unexpectedly in 1962 and Mac’s mother, Maggie, took a job as supervisor of student nurses’ housing at the Royal Columbian Hospital, and following that lived for many years in White Rock. Mac’s early life played out during the idyllic post-war period, on Kelly Street in Sapperton. Young children ran in the neighbourhood, played games on the streets and, as they grew older, gravitated to Hume Park for baseball, basketball and football until sunset, or until their mothers’ calls for dinner ended play. Mac’s long-time friend Keith Hansen recalls, as had Mac, Marlene James (now more famous as Marlene Scott, Q.C., and first woman president of the CBABC) as a Parks Board employee organizing their soccer and other summer pursuits. The boys went on from Sir Richard McBride Elementary to Vincent Massey Junior High (Mac as student president) to Lester Pearson


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