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Wayne F. Tyler, Sr.  

Wayne F. Tyler, Sr.

 May 16, 1942 – February 17, 2014

Wayne F. Tyler, Sr., age 71, of New Castle, DE passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on May 16, 1942, Wayne was a member of the Wilmington High School graduating class of 1960. He ultimately made his career as a System Support Analyst, with the last 23 years at Greenberg Supply Company.

A talented musician, Wayne excelled at the pedal steel guitar for the last 50 years. Over those years, he had played with many country music stars which came through the area. Most recently, he was a member of The Mason Dixon Band. Wayne also had a great love for his cats and especially enjoyed the times he spent sitting outside with them on his bench.

Wayne is survived by his son, Wayne F. Tyler, Jr. and wife Danielle of Bear, DE; and brothers, Lester Tyler and wife Terri of Florida, Harry Finney and wife Shirley of Newark, DE, and George Tyler and wife Regina of Newark, DE; and his beloved pet, Bandit. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry F. Tyler and Edna Mae (Dolbins) Tyler.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday afternoon, February 21, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may call from Noon until 2 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804 to help those that cannot help themselves.

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  1. Betty Jenkins, February 19, 2014

    Oh Dear Wayne, I will miss you…we never got together as we planned to talk of the old times working together. I always enjoyed your music when you played local and you upbeat way…May God give you all the cute kitties in heaven and a harp to take place of your steel guitar. Hope you had the happiness you deserved in life.

    May your family find peace in you passing and my God Bless and be with them at this difficult time.
    Wayne Jr…he loved you SOO Much!

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  2. Debra Diamond, February 19, 2014

    Our sincere condolences to Wayne’s family. So very sad to learn of your loss. Wayne will be greatly missed by all his family and friends in the music world and people who knew him everywhere. God speed to one of the greatest musciians I have ever known.

    Deb & Jim Diamond

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  3. Bernie Bryan, February 20, 2014

    I am so sorry to read about Wayne. I listened to him play music many times. He was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family. R.I.P. Wayne.

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  4. Bob Allen, February 20, 2014

    So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. I’ve known Wayne from back in the sixties when he played with Jimmy Colborn’s band. I moved south on the seventies so I didn’t get to see much of him. Did get to pick a little with him at the Jimmy Colborn’s reunion, and then caught him with Mason Dixon at the Harrington Casino. Wayne was a good player and friend, and he will be missed by all.

    Bob Allen
    Seaford, De

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  5. maribeth hemphil, February 20, 2014

    Wow. Not sure what to say .. I knew Wayne for a long time and he was the best steele guitar player there was.. wayne was a kind gentle and shy man.. god bless him My thoughts and prayers go out to you.. I do have to say just give a smile to your all faces. Your dad does not look like he was 71 yrs of age.. He aged well. god bless him . I wish I could make it but I have to work.. RIP WAYNE

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  6. Ross Finley, February 20, 2014

    I had the pleasure to share the same stage with Wayne on many occasions. He was a magnificent player and a real gentleman. I’ll never forget him or the kindness he showed me. If anyone could make tears come out of a steel it was Wayne. It’s been said we go to a better place….Wayne made this place better.

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  7. Leela and Michael Weber, February 20, 2014

    Our sincere condolences to the family. (We are friends of Terri in Miami Florida.

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  8. Loretta Moorman, February 21, 2014

    I am so sorry to hear of Wayne’s death. I loved to hear him play his pedal steel and I loved to hear him tell a joke! Thanks for the memories Wayne! R.I.P.

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  9. Fran & Frank Cebula, February 25, 2014

    Wayne, I have known you 10-15 years, but the last 6 we have really developed a great friendship, it’s
    so hard to believe you are really gone, We look out the window everyday for you, We want to pick up the
    phone to check on you, and reality sets in, It just doesn’t seem possible, It’s certainly not fair, we lost a
    great friend, neighbor, a terrific musician. Your friendship was precious and you will always hold that
    special place in our hearts, We know you are sitting on your special bench with Smokey right next to you.
    Prayers go out to you Danielle & Wayne, and I know you know how much you meant to him, He was super proud of you Wayne ! May he rest in peace !

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  10. Dave Cochran, December 3, 2014

    Wayne Tyler taught me how to play steel guitar. I spent many an hour with him at the Black Horse in Jersey, while he was with Darlene Davis and her band. I moved to Texas in 1975, but we stayed in touch. he has been on my mind the last week or so, and I should have called. I will now, but it will be through prayer. Hopefully he will hear me during the breaks he will take while playing for the BIG MAN up above. Wayne always told me to play sweet melodies, the speed will take care of itself.
    God pickin my friend, keep the tune soft and sweet.
    Dave Cochran
    Montgomery, TX

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