Charles C. Tyler, 81, of Harborcreek, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at Select Specialty Hospital. He was born in Hastings, Pa. on December 3, 1928, son of the late Charles E. and LaRue Tyler.
Chuck was a member of St. James RC Church. He was a General Manger with the PLCB, retiring in 1987. Chuck was known as the "Harry James of East High School;" he played in the Erie Philharmonic, as well as 1st trumpet with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Chuck played in the General Electric Band, and had his own combo for weddings and parties. He also enjoyed playing in many local groups such as the Johnnie Strong, Gene Parlette, Vic Savelli and Chuck Dressler Big Bands. Chuck was a 1946 graduate of East High School and attended Gannon College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Signal Corps in Germany during the Korean Conflict.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kay Fasick Tyler; four children, Craig Tyler (Margaret) of Crofton, Md., Donald Tyler (Dianne), Karen Tyler, and Kimberly Sisti (Marc), all of Erie; seven grandchildren, Megan, Stephen, Erin, Brian, Nicholas, Lydia and Sophie; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Soder; and one brother, William Tyler.
No calling hours were observed. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at St. James RC Church on Saturday, January 16 at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to John Kanzius Cancer Research, 1001 State St., Erie, PA 16501, or Northwestern National Kidney Foundation , 1811 Manchester Rd., Erie, PA 16505. The Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Rd., is handling arrangements.