Remembering Michael Tynan


Michael Tynan (OAM) passed away in February after a 2 year fight with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. Which was fitting as Michael was first and foremost a family man – both in his personal and his business life.

His death came almost 50 years after he opened his first car dealership for Mazda on an old service station site at Sutherland, the present location of Tynan Subaru, Honda and Kia.

Tynan Motors and Sutherland Shire sort of grew up together and Michael Tynan took a keen interest in both. His business grew to become one of the top 500 privately owned businesses in Australia, while Sutherland Shire, which he served as a councillor for 18 years including four terms as Shire President, became one of the most desirable places in the Sydney region to live.

Michael first stood for local government because he had a bone to pick with the council over policies which adversely affected his business. He stayed because he wanted to make the shire a great place to live for his children. And didn’t he succeed! Michael never had any political ambitions aside from benefitting Sutherland Shire, and he never used his influence to seek preselection for state or federal office.

Instead, when he retired from the council in 1992 he directed his energies towards other community organisations, such as his 35 year involvement with the Calvary Hospital where he was chairman of the board for over 10 years and the NRMA where he served as a director for 12 years. He lobbied incessantly for better roads, especially the F6, which will surely be built one day.

For a man who didn’t have a lot of formal education, Michael took everything he had and made the most of it. In his first career as a jeweller in Kogarah, he initiated the practice of naming a St George Dragons Man of the Match and awarding him a watch. The presentations attracted thousands, often shutting Railway Parade down to traffic.

His hobby of rally driving brought him to the attention of Mazda, which offered him their first Australian dealership in 1966. Not satisfied with selling just one automotive brand, Michael built Tynan Motors into one of Sydney’s first car ”supermarkets”.

Michael fought long and hard against a terrible disease, but in the end it’s not how he died that we will remember, but how he lived.

God Bless.

“Understanding the market requires diligence and being constantly involved, learning, educating and involving our staff in all aspects of the business.  The Tynan family’s involvement ensures a strong future as we embrace change and plan our future growth”.

Michael Tynan
Tynan Motors

Tynan Motors is one of Australia’s largest and most respected motor dealerships. We are a multi-franchise dealership that’s has been operating in the Sutherland Shire and South Coast Region for 48 years.

Tynan Motors was founded in 1966 by Michael Tynan with a single Mazda dealer in Sutherland on the sight of today’s Tynan Subaru, Honda and Kia showrooms.

With dealerships covering multiple sites representing 14 vehicle brands, Tynan Motors has grown to include a wider arrange of brands to find you the best vehicle, but not lost the Tynan Motors Difference that makes us part of the community.

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Federal Treasurer and Member for the Sutherland Shire seat of Cook Scott Morrison MP joined Cam Reddin following the loss of his friend and Shire great Michael Tynan.

On February 8 2016, Tynan Motors staff, the Tynan family and the Sutherland Shire bid farewell to Michael Tynan.

The Treasurer,Scott Morrison MP was unfortunately unable to make it to Michael Tynan’s funeral. But instead made his tribute in Parliament.

The good times and achievements of Michael Tynan throughout his life.

A 2009 interview from Marist College Kogarah. Michael Tynan being one of many prominent past students.

Here he reflects on his past at the College, his early life, career and achievements.

News Articles

Tributes flow in for shire leader Michael Tynan, acclaimed for his generous support of community groups and charities in southern Sydney

Michael Tynan ‘gave back to the community’ and ‘wore humility as his badge of honour’

Funeral of Michael Tynan to be held next Monday

Michael Tynan’s brave fight against cancer revealed as he is farewelled by more than 600 people