Frank Thomas Tyler, who was known to friends and family as Tom, died of lung cancer on Dec. 21 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton, his family said. He was 57.
Mr. Tyler, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young man, was recalled as a well-loved person, always trying to cheer up his peers and family members, they said.
He enjoyed boating with his father, fishing, and playing basketball and pool. His family said that he was happiest when he was outdoors in nature, whether hiking, picnicking, or clamming.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1956, at Southampton Hospital to Frank Tyler and the former Barbara Conklin, and grew up in Amagansett. He attended the grade school there, and then had two years at East Hampton High School.
Mr. Tyler worked for a short time for his father as a plumber’s helper, but he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and required hospitalization. Eventually, his doctors found medications that eased his symptoms, and he was able to move into a group home, his family said.
A brother, Tim Tyler, and a sister, Joy Goncalves, both of whom live in Springs, survive, as do three nephews, three nieces, and one great-nephew. A sister, Patience Gay Tyler, died before him.