Born and raised in the Carleton Place area, Lyman has continued to reside in the Ottawa Valley, with the exception of a few brief attempts at city living. Growing up listening to CKBY radio since its inception in 1972 and listening to his father, Tom, perform at country dances, meant there was only one music genre for Lyman.
As an accounting student in 1981, Lyman was introduced to the "organization" of country music as a volunteer for Country Music Week. This was followed by an assignment as the accountant working with Neville Wells, Larry & Joanne Delaney on the fledgling Country Music News. During these assignments Lyman met many dedicated individuals who were committed to showcasing the Ottawa Valley as a centre of country music history and talent in Canada.
In 1984 Bob Sally and Hal Lee asked Lyman to join the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame. Lyman filled various director roles, including several terms as President. In addition to his director duties, he spent many hours representing the Hall of Fame at fundraising events, Central Canada Exhibition displays and induction ceremonies. As both an accomplished leader, and follower, he had the pleasure to work with many other directors and volunteers in a professional and enjoyable environment. The Hall of Fame evolved in many ways during his years on the Board. A clear mandate, good governance and a strong financial position were front and centre for Lyman’s contributions to the Board.
Lyman’s tenure on the Board remained uninterrupted until he stepped down in 2010, having worked with the Board to honour 105 inductees. During his 25 years with the Fall of Fame, Lyman’s focus was always in helping showcase the endless talent and accomplishments of Country Music artists and volunteers in the Ottawa Valley.
Lyman is married to Doris Rankin. Since 1991 they have lived along the Mississippi River in Pakenham and have raised their two children, Rachael and Robert. The family members continue to volunteer many hours in their community.