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

Farewelled: More than 600 people attended a Requiem Mass for Michael Tynan, which was con-celebrated by 10 priests.Picture John Veage
Farewelled: More than 600 people attended a Requiem Mass for Michael Tynan, which was con-celebrated by 10 priests.Picture John Veage


Police motor cyclists escorted the cortege past the Tynan Motors businesses, where staff lined the roadway.

The procession continued past Sutherland Shire Council chambers and on to Woronora Cemetery.

Traffic delays were kept to a minimum because the cortege was restricted to family members, and police were on point duty at major intersections.


But, there was a different focus on Monday, when more than 400 people crowded into Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Miranda, and another 200 watched on a large TV screen in an adjoining marquee.

It was about Michael Tynan the husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather to Poppy, who was born 18 months ago, about the time Mr Tynan was diagnosed with cancer.

It was also about a man who courageosly battled cancer, apologising to the medical staff for “putting you through this”.

Michael and Annette Tynan were married 57 years – the anniversary occurred a week before his death at their Sylvania Waters home on February 1.

Ten priests con-celebrated Requiem Mass, which included prayers for others battling cancer.

Tears were shed as Annette Tynan read a touching poem to her husband  and more flowed as their five children and two of their grandchildren paid emotional tributes in prayers they had written.

Kieran Tynan thanked his father for “being our leader and setting such a fine example”.

“I have always looked up to you as my mentor and guiding light.

“Your devotion and caring loving nature was admired by all and is the hallmark of your fine character.”

Madeline Tynan said she knew “the only reason you fought so hard over this last 18 months was not for yourself but for your family, as we didn’t want you to go”.

“I watched you struggle with chemo radio scans, three major brain operations,” she said.

“We always hoped and prayed for a miracle, but this wasn’t to be.

“You were an amazing patient, always saying ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry I am putting you through this’.

“I remember the day Dr Links advised that you had lost your battle and we brought you home, the nurses made a guard of honour in the hallway of St George Private Hospital to wish you well.”

Daniel Tynan  described his father as “my beautiful dad, my best friend”.

“I loved you with all my heart,” he said.

“Not many have the privilege of working side by side, day by day, with the person they loved most.

“You allowed me to be myself find my own direction. I would fall and you would pick me up.”

Francene Tynan said her father “loved us for who we were, and you understood that your children had many varied personalities”.

“You nurtured our differences, understood our downfalls and encouraged us to be ourselves,” she said.

“You and Mummy made our home our haven, so no matter what life threw at us, we always had our home and each other.”

Claire Tynan told how her father and mother had supported her in times of doubt or uncertainty.

“You ensured any decision was mine, that my independence was never compromised, and that growth could be achieved,” she said.

“I am forever thankful for your love, your uplifting laugh and lead-by-example approach.”

Granddaughter Prudence Tynan-Davey told of her daughter Poppy’s love for her great grandfather.

“ ‘Papa’, she would say...she could not wait as she counted each stair to get to Papa, to jump on his bed and give him a kiss and a cuddle,” Ms Tynan-Davey said.