Brent Tynan, Phi Alpha '76 Passes Away

We are saddened to advise of the death of Brother Brent Tynan, Phi Alpha-University of British Columbia '76. Brent passed away peacefully in his beautiful Salt Spring home surrounded by his family. Brother Tynan was the rock for Phi Alpha for decades having served as Brother Beta as a neophyte and as Alumni Association President for many years.

He also funded the creation of the alumni computer records system and the cabinets that house the collection of Deke materials that he created and continued to contribute to. Brent also funded, and was the primary fundraiser for the $100,000 in improvements for the former house on Agronomy Road. He chaired the Committees and was the main reason for the success of the 50th and 60th reunion festivities.

In his honor, the Brent Tynan Award and a scholarship of $2,500 is given each year to the undergraduate who best exemplifies the qualities of Brent – a gentleman, a scholar and a jolly good fellow.

At the International level, Brent was the Honorary President of the Fraternity, a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity, and was the driving force behind the September, 1984 “Chicago Conference’ that changed the path of the Fraternity from inaction and stalemate to action and revival and resulted in significant changes to the Constitution of the Fraternity at the December 1984 San Francisco Convention.  In addition, Brent chaired the Vancouver Convention of the Fraternity which was held in Vancouver in 1996. Brent served as a Director of the Canadian Foundation of the Fraternity since its founding in 2012.

With Beta Tau, The University of Victoria, Brent was a driving force behind the creation of the Chapter and a loyal supporter since its founding. Once the Chapter is able to purchase permanent housing, the House will be named the Tynan House in his honor.

He will be missed by all of us. We hope that you will follow what Brent suggested in the last e-mail he sent out:” Share a glass with me wherever you are and remember the good times and always endure the bad with grace” In accordance with Brent’s wishes, several wakes in the Irish tradition will be held in the Fall.