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.
“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”.